Now: Texas's 6-week abortion ban law, SB 8, is in effect again for now — the 5th Circuit has granted a temporary, administrative stay of this week's preliminary injunction (which halted enforcement of SB 8) to consider the state's request for a longer stay pending appeal
DOJ will have until Tuesday at 5pm CT to respond to Texas's request for a longer-term stay of Judge Pitman's injunction while the state pursues its appeal of that order
Note that this is a different 5th Circuit panel than the earlier SB 8 case case to reach the court. Judge James Ho is one of the most conservative, vocally anti-abortion judges in the country, but Judge Carl Stewart is part of the court's minority of liberal-leaning judges
Judge Catharina Haynes was confirmed under W. Bush, I'm admittedly less familiar with her record, hoping some TX/5th Circuit attys weigh in. When the en banc 5th upheld another TX anti-abortion law this summer, Ho/Haynes in majority, Stewart in dissent…
Story: Texas’s 6-Week Abortion Ban Is Back On After An Appeals Court Paused A Judge’s Injunction…

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8 Oct
Sentencing is set to begin soon in the case of Jan. 6 defendant Robert Reeder — he'd pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor, but his Aug. sentencing got pushed back when new videos surfaced hours before the hearing that appeared to show him assaulting police:…
Prosecutors ultimately decided not to press more charges against Reeder, but notified the court that they'd be arguing for 6 mos in prison (the max for the misdemeanor he pleaded guilty to) instead of the 2 mos they'd originally recommended
The govt filed a series of slides this a.m. as part of its sentencing presentation:…

Prosecutors will argue he wasn't a "tourist" (…) and highlight his online activity promoting election conspiracy theories and confrontation w/ police
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7 Oct
Hello from Judge Emmet Sullivan's virtual courtroom, where a plea hearing is underway for Jan. 6 defendant James Bonet. Govt featured screenshots of what Bonet allegedly posted from the Capitol, incl. what appears to be him smoking weed inside…
Sullivan began by asking Bonet why he's decided to plead guilty.

Bonet: "Um, I think it's because I agree what was said about me and everything."

Sullivan: "You're pleading guilty because you're guilty of this offense?"

Bonet: "Yessir."
Bonet had been indicted on one felony for obstructing an official proceeding, but is pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for entering and remaining in a restricted building — class A, max sentence of up to 1 year in prison, judge says est'd guideline range is 0-6 mos
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7 Oct
Last night, a federal judge in Texas halted enforcement of the state's 6-week abortion ban. Texas filed a notice of appeal, but as of now there is no docketed action in the 5th Circuit. We'll continue to provide updates as this all unfolds.…
US District Judge Robert Pitman denied Texas's request to place his own ruling on hold if he granted DOJ's request for a preliminary injunction:

"This Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right."…
An immediate practical effect of Pitman's injunction is that state courts in Texas are prohibited from accepting, processing, or doing anything else to facilitate the private lawsuits that SB 8 permitted to enforce the abortion ban.…
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7 Oct
NOW: A federal judge has blocked enforcement of SB 8, Texas's 6-week abortion ban, and denied Texas's request to pause his ruling pending appeal.

"...this Court will not sanction one more day of this offensive deprivation of such an important right."…
BREAKING, with more to come: A Judge Blocked Texas’s 6-Week Abortion Ban…
A judge issued an order blocking Texas's 6-week abortion ban. It's not clear if/when providers will resume scheduling abortions, however — Texas is expected to appeal, and the law anticipates a situation like this and tries to preserve the legal risk…
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4 Oct
At a status hearing for Jan. 6 defs Julian Khater and George Tanios, Khater's lawyer says they're v. frustrated he hasn't been able to see discovery at the jail. Judge Thomas Hogan says judges are mtg today to discuss pushing jail officials to explain what's going on with delays
Not the first case where defense lawyers have raised concerns about Jan. 6 defendants in pretrial detention getting access to case materials. Khater's lawyer said they gave the jail materials for him 7 weeks ago, jail staff just tried to open it last week and said they couldn't
Hogan, like other judges, indicates the court is taking access issues seriously re: incarcerated defs. Khater's lawyer also raised concerns about conditions at the jail (inadequate food/sleep), says jail employees have "mocked and ridiculed" Jan. 6 defendants being held.
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4 Oct
In other Jan. 6 sentencing news, the govt is recommending one month home confinement for Eliel Rosa, who went inside the Capitol w/ friend Jenny Cudd (who hasn't taken a deal) and pleaded guilty to parading misdemeanor (got rid of felony obstruction count)… ImageImage
Earlier today, a judge in a different Jan. 6 case rejected the govt's recommendation of home confinement for a defendant who pleaded guilty to the same misdemeanor, saying it wasn't enough…
Another one: Govt recs probation for Jan. 6 defendant Dona Bissey, who went to the Capitol w/ Anna Morgan-Lloyd (who received a sentence of probation) — feds say this was one of a "very limited number of plea offers" where they agreed to rec probation… ImageImage
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