Attorney General William Barr issued an order Tuesday limiting immigration judges’ power to release asylum seekers from detention on bond, marking another step in the Trump administration’s efforts to keep migrants from coming to the United States. Under the ruling, certain immigrants cannot be released on bond and instead must remain in detention unless the Department of Homeland Security chooses to release them. Read the ruling, Matter of M-S-, Respondent, 27 I&N Dec. 509 (A.G., Apr. 16, 2019, here.
The US Justice Department announced Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been indicted on conspiracy with Chelsea Manning to commit computer intrusion in 2010. Read the indictment.
A federal judge in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction on Monday afternoon blocking the Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their cases have been finalized starting this weekend. Read the order granting motion for preliminary injunction.
From the press release: “[T]he Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a request in the federal district court for the District of Columbia for an order that would authorize the public release of grand jury material that is “cited, quoted, or referenced” in the report submitted to Attorney General William Barr by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.” Read the application here.
Prosecutors with U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York publicly released hundreds of pages of search warrant applications and supporting material Tuesday related to the search of Michael Cohen’s work spaces and home in April 2018. The documents show that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office was investigating Cohen only a few months after President Donald Trump was sworn in to office. The special counsel’s look at Cohen’s emails began in July 2017, and revealed information that appears to have been later shared with Manhattan prosecutors. Read the documents here.
From the New York Times: “Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been charged in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said Wednesday, an effort to ensure he will still face prison time if Mr. Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.”
Here’s the text of the Manhattan District Attorney Indictment of Paul Manafort
President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced in a Washington, DC, courtroom today, less than a week after he was sentenced in Virginia to 47 months in prison for financial fraud convictions.
Manafort was sentenced on two charges — conspiracy against the US and conspiracy to obstruct justice for attempting to tamper with witnesses. Judge Amy Berman Jackson could have given Manafort a maximum of 10 years but decided to hand down a seven year sentence with credit for times served and with 30 months of the sentence running concurrently. Accordingly today’s sentencing adds 43 months in prison, on top of his sentence he received last week from the court in Virginia for a total of 90 months. That sentence can be reduced for time off for good behavior.
The New York Times compiled the list here.
Facing up to 24 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines for the bank and tax fraud he was convicted of in Virginia, Paul Manafort was sentenced to just under four years. Manafort has already spent nine months in jail — meaning the sentence imposed Thursday could end in less than three years, with an additional reduction for good behavior.
Here’s some reaction to the sentencing from the Washington Post:
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s emergency powers declaration to secure funds to build a wall along the southern border. Read the complaint here.
Sixteen states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Michigan) have filed suit against President Trump over his declaration of national emergency. The complaint is available here.
The New York Times reported on Monday that Cliff Sims, author of “Team of Vipers,” is “suing the president in his official capacity, alleging that he used his campaign organization as a ‘cutout’ to improperly seek retribution against former employees and keep them from invoking their First Amendment rights.” Sims’ lawsuit comes after the Trump campaign filed an arbitration claim against the White House aide turned author. The campaign is claiming that Sims violated a non-disclosure agreement, but Sims is reportedly not entirely sure he signed an NDA at all. Read the complaint here.
Law.com is reporting that seven retired federal judges, including former Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, filed an amicus brief in a class action over PACER fees now on appeal. The brief argues that PACER fees harm the judiciary’s credibility and pro se litigants.
Roger Jason Stone, Jr. was arrested in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 25, 2019, following an indictment by a federal grand jury on Jan. 24, 2019, in the District of Columbia. The indictment contains seven counts: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering. Read the Stone indictment here.
A federal judge in New York has ruled against the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman ordered the administration to stop its plans to include the controversial question on forms for the upcoming national head count “without curing the legal defects” the judge identified in his opinion released on Tuesday. Read the opinion here.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association on Friday sued the Trump administration over the continued partial government shutdown, saying airline controllers are being deprived ”of their hard-earned compensation without the requisite due process.” Read the complaint here.
The redaction errors in Manafort’s rebuttal show prosecutors believed he had lied about sharing 2016 polling data with Mr Kilimnik, as well as meeting him in Madrid and discussing Ukrainian politics while Manafort was managing the Trump campaign. Here’s the unredacted court filing.
For an analysis, see CNN, Analysis: Unredacted Paul Manafort filing hints at collusion.
Natalya Veselnitskaya, the Russian attorney who attended a controversial meeting at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chief in 2016, has been criminally charged with obstruction of justice in connection with a civil money laundering and forfeiture case unrelated to Trump probe. The indictment describes links to Kremlin. Read the now unsealed indictment here.
Here’s the Jan. 4, 2019 judgment.