A judge has dismissed Katie Hill's lawsuit against the Daily Mail for publishing her (partially censored) nude photos. The judge said the images were in the public interest, rejecting Hill's argument that the Daily Mail could have just described the photos
California judge Yolanda Orozco said these particular nude photos of Katie Hill were "matters of public concern" — and that it wasn't even a close call.

But Hill is vowing an appeal, saying this “sets a dangerous precedent for victims of nonconsensual pornography everywhere.”
More here from Hill’s lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, who is doing important work in this area

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23 Mar
It sure looks like DOJ is gonna get scolded for its "recent statements to the media" about the Capitol attack. The judge ordered a last-minute court hearing in the Oath Keepers case.
In an unusual court hearing, U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said he was "surprised" by remarks prosecutor Michael Sherwin made to "60 Minutes," and said other officials may have violated DOJ policies by speaking to the New York Times.
"This case will not be tried in the media," said Judge Mehta, clearly upset about the 60 Minutes interview and the NYT story.

The judge said he would consider imposing a "gag order" if the pattern continues.
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22 Mar
A defense lawyer is trying her best to humanize George Tanios, one of the men charged with pepper-spraying Capitol Police officers. She's called a bunch of witnesses — her client's distraught mother, a family friend, an ex-employee, the mother of his young children, etc...
In a bit of a tangent, the judge is harshly criticizing Trump. To paraphrase, he's saying Trump's refusal to accept the democratic process led to the events of Jan 6, caused immense harm to our country, and brought out the worst in people with no prior criminal history.
New: After an emotional court hearing, the judge jailed George Tanios, who is charged with assaulting Capitol Police officers with bear spray.

Yes, Tanios has children and a family who loves him, but he's still a "danger to the community," the judge says.
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26 Feb
The Oath Keepers tried to set up "quick reaction forces" stationed outside DC on 1/6 who would have "guns and weapons at the ready," a prosecutor said.

Because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, the judge has now closed the hearing to the public.

(fixed typos)
The Oath Keepers made "substantial efforts" to set up a heavily armed strike force outside DC, ready to swoop in, a prosecutor said.

"There were substantial efforts to make that a reality — to have guns and weapons available, at the ready, for people like Jessica Watkins."
Jessica Watkins, one of the Oath Keepers, was at the Capitol to help maintain "law and order," her defense lawyer said.

"After Jan 6, she referred to the fact that they were there to help with law and order."

The judge was skeptical, saying the evidence contradicts this.
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4 Feb
Now two lonely Republicans have voted to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of her committee assignments. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick has joined Rep. Adam Kinzinger in voting yes.
Oddly, Rep. Newhouse (R-WA) switched from "yes" to "no" so deleted earlier tweet.
At the buzzer, a little wave of Republicans voted to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committees. We're now at 11 of them, with just a few votes left to be cast.
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23 Jan
The U.S. Secret Service has "met extensively" with Lin Wood about his comments, including the tweet where he called for Pence to be executed, he said on a Mercer University School of Law conference call. I've listened to the audio.
Lin Wood joined a call about whether Mercer University should rename a courtroom bearing his name. The law school's dean, not realizing Wood was on the call, spoke very candidly and said she's worried about his "violent" tweets. He got upset at her, and a student. Some excerpts:
Here's Lin Wood fighting with a law student over whether a courtroom should still named after him. It's really something.
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15 Jan
Breaking: The National Rifle Association says it has filed a petition for bankruptcy
The NRA says it'll restructure and continue as a Texas nonprofit. "To facilitate its strategic plan and restructuring, the NRA and one of its subsidiaries filed voluntary chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas," the NRA said.
NRA press release here. The group says there will be no immediate changes to its operations, and that it "will propose a plan that provides for payment in full of all valid creditors’ claims." nraforward.org/press-release
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