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Judge asks US to defend secrecy of Trump associate's Mafia history

Felix Slater ties to MafiaA federal judge has asked the Obama administration to shield from public disclosure court records related to the once-secret criminal history of a former Donald Trump business partner.

In an unusual order prompted by an unsealing request from The Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan said that unless the Justice Department acts before April 18, he will decide whether to make the court files public under the assumption that federal prosecutors don't care.


N.Y. Attorney General says case against Trump University is ‘a straightforward fraud case’

Trump U is simple fraud caseNew York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Sunday rejected suggestions that his office’s case against presidential candidate Donald Trump’s defunct “Trump University” was at all political.

“This is a straightforward fraud case. We never had any idea in 2013 the guy was going to run for president,” Schneiderman said on John Catsimatidis’ “Cats Roundtable” program on AM 970. “This is not a political case. This just a case where a lot of New Yorkers were ripped off.”


Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Virginia Redistricting Case

SCOTUS to hear Virginia redistricting caseThe Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a case that could determine if members of Congress can interject themselves in legal disputes over the borders of neighboring districts.

Ten current and former Republican members of Congress from Virginia want the Supreme Court to stop a court-ordered redistricting plan in that state. But first the lawmakers will have to convince the justices that they have the right to challenge it.


Anti-Trump protester punched, kicked at Tucson rally

Protester punched at Trump rally in TucsonViolence once again marred a Donald Trump campaign event Saturday as the Republican front-runner rallied thousands of supporters at two stops ahead of Arizona's presidential primary.

Video from an event in Tucson shows protester Bryan Sanders getting escorted out of the building by security when he is punched in the head and then kicked while on the ground.


Protesters block road outside Trump Arizona event, march in NYC

Protesters block road in AZDozens of protesters blocked traffic near a Donald Trump event in Arizona on Saturday, while demonstrators marched in New York City to protest the GOP front-runner.

The protesters in Arizona parked vehicles sideways on Shea Boulevard, blocking both lanes of traffic into Fountain Hills, Arizona, where Trump held a rally Saturday afternoon, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joaquin Enriquez told CNN.


Trump fights summer trial in Trump University lawsuit

Trump fights summer trial in Trump U lawsuitRepublican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is fighting efforts to hold a trial in a federal class-action lawsuit over his Trump University real-estate program either just before or after the Republican National Convention in July.

Such a trial has the potential to pull Trump off the campaign trail in order to serve as a witness. And in a filing late Friday night in federal court in San Diego, lawyers for Trump said plaintiffs' lawyers are intentionally trying to schedule the trial to interfere with his presidential campaign.


Obama nominates Merrick Garland to Supreme Court

Merrick FarlandUS President Barack Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, an appellate court judge, to the Supreme Court.

White House confirmed the news on Wednesday, emphasising his readiness for the job and history of support from both Republicans and Democrats.

"No one is better suited to immediately serve on the Supreme Court," a White House official said in a statement on Wednesday.


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