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New Deportation Rules Could Lead to More Criminal Trials

The Trump administration announced earlier this week new directives on deportation of undocumented immigrants, unleashing the full force and fury of the Federal government to find, arrest and deport aliens who have been convicted of all levels of crime. While the Obama administration has deported more undocumented immigrants than previous administrations, it has only deported […]

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Litigation

President-Elect Settles Trump U Fraud Lawsuits for $25 Million

The man who said settling is for losers just settled – big league, settled. Faced with the prospect that the Mexican-American Judge Gonzalo Curiel he labeled as biased would not postpone discovery in the case, leading to the embarrassing position of having to testify about pervasive fraud while running the country, Trump agreed to pay […]

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In Fear of Trump Libel Suit, ABA Stops Article Labeling Him “Libel Bully”

The Media Law Committee of the American Bar Association commissioned a study to analyze GOP Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump’s history of using lawsuits to stifle criticism. The study was commissioned after Trump issued a series of declarations that he was going to sue several news outlets critical of him. The study was done by […]

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Pirate Trials Offer Insight Into Today’s Crimes

With the arrest of Ahmad Khan Rahami, Donald Trump was quick to lament that Rahami would get medical care and due process. His assertion was that our nation had gone soft and was not willing to deal with terrorism harshly enough. In prior elections, it would be shocking for a Presidential candidate to express being […]

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Litigation

Ay Caramba! Fed Judge Rules Trump Must Stand Trial Over “Trump U” Fraud Case

It’s not what The Donald waned to hear I’m sure. Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel — the same judge who Trump accused of being biased against him due to the Indiana native’s Mexican ancestry and Trump’s controversial positions on border security — is ordering Trump to stand trial in a Federal civil case field against him […]

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Trump Could Be Held Liable for Future Violence

Lately, it seems that a hockey game breaks out at every Donald Trump rally. Protesters in attendance get roughed up or violently thrown off the premises. So the question has come up whether Donald Trump could be held responsible for what his supporters do at his rallies? I think it is clear that his rhetoric […]

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NY Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Stand Trial for Fraud

This presidential election season just got crazier. The First Department (the NY Appeals court covering Manhattan) ruled today that the lawsuit brought by the Attorney General of the State of New York against Trump University and Donald Trump can move forward to trial. The Donald and his lawyers had sought to dismiss the suit because […]

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Constitutional Law

Trump’s Stance on Muslim Immigration Would Very Likely Be Legal

He’s rude; he’s divisive; he’s boorish; he’s bombastic. But under the current state of the law, if Donald Trump became President and he issued a ban on all Muslim immigration, it would likely get upheld by the Supreme Court. If anything, Trump’s statement highlights the importance of making sure everyone votes in the 2016 election […]

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Miss Pennsylvania Owes Trump $5 Million for Defamation. Court Finds Her Lawyer Was Inept

When Miss Pennsylvania 2012 was hit with a $5 Million judgment for stating that the 2012 Miss USA pageant was rigged, it was not just her choice of words that landed her in hot water, it was her choice of lawyer. That’s what Judge J. Paul Oetken, of NY’s Southern District Federal Court, ruled yesterday […]