web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > News Media (Page 144)

Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans are confirming so many of President Donald Trump’s nominees to lifetime federal court seats, it’s hard to keep up. Who are these people? What difference will they make in my life, anyway?

You’re in luck: We’re going to break it down here!

Two and a half years in, what stands out about Trump’s confirmed judges isn’t just the quantity, which is remarkable ― two Supreme Court justices, a record-breaking 43 appeals court judges and 99 district court judges.

It’s that a chunk of his judges shouldn’t be on the bench at all because they aren’t qualified or they’re so ideologically extreme that it’s next to impossible to imagine them as fair arbiters of justice. These judges are now on federal courts at every level, from the Supreme Court to appeals courts, which have the final say in nearly all federal cases, down to district courts, where these cases are first filed. For the appeals court judges in particular, the decisions these people make will affect you and millions of other people for generations.

“It is important for the public to appreciate that appeals court appointees serve on courts that are the courts of last resort for 99.9% of cases in their regions of the U.S. on issues like capital punishment, abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration, etc.,” said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor and an expert on federal judicial nominations. “The key is they resolve 50,000 cases per year and the Supreme Court resolves 100.”

Here’s a snapshot of Trump’s most alarming judges to date. Incredibly, all but one (Wendy Vitter) is or was a member of the Federalist Society, a conservative lawyers’ group that has effectively been picking Trump’s judicial nominees for him. There is a clear theme to these judges, too: They have records of being anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion and anti-voting rights.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7135d42500004d120512fd Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

POOL New / Reuters Judges are supposed to “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary,” per the Judicial Code of Conduct. Does lying and lashing out at senators inspire public confidence?

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Credibly accused of sexual assault

Kavanaugh repeatedly lied under oath in his Senate confirmation hearing and, alternating between crying, yelling and interrupting Senate committee members as they pressed him on credible sexual assault allegations against him, he blamed his rocky confirmation process on politics. Kavanaugh’s unhinged behavior raised fresh questions about his temperament to be a justice on the nation’s highest court. As Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) concluded in opposing him, he failed to meet the standard spelled out in the Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 1.2, which states that a judge must “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.”

The American Bar Association was prepared to revisit its previous “well qualified” rating of Kavanaugh after his disastrous hearing, but Senate Republicans went ahead and confirmed him, so the group let it go. Every Republican but one, Murkowski, voted to confirm him.

<img class="image__src" src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5d6e962b240000320072e341.jpeg?ops=scalefit_970_noupscale" alt="The guy got a unanimous "not qualified" rating by the American Bar Association but was still confirmed to be a lifetim”>

Tom Williams via Getty Images The guy got a unanimous “not qualified” rating by the American Bar Association but was still confirmed to be a lifetime federal judge. OK!

Judge Leonard Steven Grasz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

Unanimously rated ‘not qualified’ by the ABA

Grasz earned an embarrassing and unanimous “not qualified” rating from the ABA, which has been evaluating federal judicial nominees since 1989 and rarely gives such an abysmal rating. Former colleagues described Grasz as “gratuitously rude,” per the ABA review, and expressed an “unusual fear” of consequences if they said anything bad about him because of his “deep connection” to powerful politicians. ABA members also raised concerns that Grasz is “unable to separate his role as an advocate from that of a judge,” given his record of opposing LGBTQ and abortion rights. Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d6691a83c00008b0546e887 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Bill Clark via Getty Images The ABA concluded that Jonathan Kobes was “not qualified” to be a federal judge because he can’t WRITE. Senate Republicans confirmed him anyway.

Judge Jonathan Kobes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

Rated “not qualified” by the ABA

Kobes earned a “not qualified” rating by the ABA because he “was unable to provide sufficient writing samples of the caliber required” of a circuit judge. He also failed to demonstrate “an especially high degree of legal scholarship and excellent analytical and writing experience,” per the ABA review. Kobes certainly benefited from being a former aide to Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). Every Senate Republican but one voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d6ed92b25000055000227b0 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Zach Gibson via Getty Images On the one hand, Neomi Rao blamed women for being victims of date rape. On the other hand, Senate Republicans confirmed her to be a lifetime federal judge.

Judge Neomi Rao on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Blamed women for date rape

Rao published a series of inflammatory articles on sexual assault, race and LGBTQ rights as a Yale University student. “A good way to avoid a potential date rape is to stay reasonably sober,” she wrote, adding that if a woman drinks to the point where she cannot choose if she wants to have sex, “getting to that point was part of her choice.” Rao also denounced “special treatment for minority students” and called the fight for LGBTQ rights a “trendy political movement.” Every Senate Republican voted to confirm her.

Westlake Legal Group 5d713dbd240000951975fa26 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

C-SPAN Where to even begin with this guy.

Judge John Bush on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit 

Compared abortion to slavery

Westlake Legal Group 5d7144783b0000e540cef734 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

C-Span Amy Coney Barrett thinks Roe v. Wade was “an erroneous decision” and also is on Trump’s short list for Supreme Court nominees. Cool, cool.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Called the ACA’s birth control benefit “an assault on religious liberty”

Barrett has suggested Roe v. Wade was an “erroneous decision” and called the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit “an assault on religious liberty.” She is on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks, which Trump said only includes people willing to overturn Roe v. Wade. The former Notre Dame law professor also sparked questions about her membership in a tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise, in which members swear a lifelong oath of loyalty and are accountable to a personal adviser ― called a “head” for men and a “handmaid” for women ― and are taught that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family. Every Senate Republican voted to confirm her.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7165b43b0000b140cf3010 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

ASSOCIATED PRESS Kyle Duncan questioned the legitimacy of the Supreme Court itself when it legalized federal marriage equality. He’s a lifetime federal judge now.

Judge Kyle Duncan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

Defended voter suppression law that targeted African Americans “with almost surgical precision”

As an attorney, Duncan defended North Carolina’s egregious voter suppression law that a federal appeals court struck down in 2016, ruling that it discriminated against black voters and “targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision.” Duncan appealed the case to the Supreme Court, calling it “ludicrous” to suggest the law echoed Jim Crow laws. The Supreme Court rejected his appeal. He also led Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court fight against covering birth control under its employee health plans, and he claimed the court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodgeswhich legalized marriage equality, “raises a question about the legitimacy of the Court.” Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5cdc6cda210000590080892c Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

SIPA USA/PA Images This guy published an article calling claims of sexism “irrelevant pouting.” Who wants to go before him as a judge the next time you sue someone for sexist treatment?

Judge Kenneth Lee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Called claims of sexism “irrelevant pouting”

Lee published a series of offensive articles as a student and newspaper editor at Cornell University. Claims of sexism are “irrelevant pouting,” he wrote, and LGBTQ rights advocacy is “yet another way to portray people as victims in need of preferential treatment.” He argued that gay people are more promiscuous than straight people, which is why “9 out of 10 people with AIDS are gay or drug users”; that multiculturalism is a “malodorous sickness”; and that African Americans’ fight for equality post-slavery is similar to other immigrants trying to overcome discrimination. Lee initially hid his writings from senators, but they were later uncovered by staff and the press. Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d716d7e2500001c13055e95 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Tom Williams via Getty Images Eric Murphy spent years trying to make it harder for minorities and low-income people to vote. Here’s to Voting Rights Act lawsuits never coming before him in court!

Judge Eric Murphy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit

Led efforts to make it harder for minorities to vote

Murphy led repeated efforts to make it harder for minorities to vote. The former Ohio solicitor general defended getting rid of the state’s “Golden Week,” a five-day period in which voters could register and vote at the same time, and defended Ohio’s notorious voter purge law before the Supreme Court. The court upheld that law in a contentious 5-4 decision, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor writing in her dissent that the law will disproportionately make it harder for “minority, low-income, disabled, homeless, and veteran voters to cast a ballot.” Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d716df73b0000b240cf421d Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Tom Williams via Getty Images Allison Jones Rushing, who said there were “moral and practical reasons” for banning same-sex marriage, is only 37. She’s going to be on the federal bench for a long, long time.

Judge Allison Rushing Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Claimed “moral and practical reasons” for banning marriage equality

Jones worked for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian organization that has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. She has argued that there were “moral and practical” reasons for banning same-sex marriage. At 37, Jones is also the youngest federal judge in the country, and some Democrats opposed her on the grounds that she lacks the experience or legal ability to be a U.S. circuit judge. Every Senate Republican voted to confirm her.

Westlake Legal Group 5d72804a3b00008a65d0c047 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

ASSOCIATED PRESS Don Willett has a track record of consistently ruling against same-sex marriage rights. For good measure, he went ahead and mocked a transgender student’s participation in school sports too.

Judge Don Willett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

Regularly ruled against same-sex marriage rights

The former Texas Supreme Court Justice consistently ruled against same-sex marriage rights, including a June 2017 ruling that same-sex spouses of Houston city workers have no inherent right to benefits under Obergefell v. Hodges, the federal marriage equality ruling. Willett also mocked a California law relating to transgender students’ participation in school sports. He has bragged that “there is no ideological daylight to the right of me,” and in his 2012 judicial election, he was endorsed by rabidly anti-LGBTQ advocates including Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and Christian revisionist historian David Barton. Willett is on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks, which Trump said only includes people willing to overturn Roe v. Wade. Every Senate Republican voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7180502500004d12058444 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Tom Williams via Getty Images Eric Miller made a career out of fighting Native American tribes’ rights. Now he’s a federal judge on a court with jurisdiction over hundreds of tribes. 

Judge Eric Miller on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Made a career out of fighting Native Americans’ tribal sovereignty

Miller built a legal career out of fighting tribal interests and sovereignty, so much so that one Native American leader described Miller’s law firm, Perkins Coie, as the go-to destination for jurisdictions that want “to fight an Indian tribe.” Two prominent Native organizations ― the National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund ― wrote to Judiciary Committee leaders raising concerns about Miller’s advocacy for “undermining the rights of Indian tribes, often taking extreme positions and using pejorative language to denigrate tribal rights.” But every Senate Republican voted to confirm him. He now sits on a court with jurisdiction over 427 federally recognized tribes.

Westlake Legal Group 5d080267250000a013e8cd7e Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

CSPAN This guy, hoo boy.

Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Called being transgender “a delusion”

Kacsmaryk called it “a grave mistake” to include protections for LGBTQ people in the Violence Against Women Act, and he signed a 2016 letter that called being transgender “a delusion.” He also criticized the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, saying “seven justices of the Supreme Court found an unwritten ‘fundamental right’ to abortion hiding in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the shadowy ‘penumbras’ of the Bill of Rights, a celestial phenomenon invisible to the non-lawyer eye.” (What?) Every Senate Republican but one, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d70302e3b00009605cdbb03 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Bill Clark via Getty Images Wendy Vitter once falsely linked abortion to cancer, and endorsed spreading the word that birth control leads to violent death. What?

Westlake Legal Group 5ce4441b2100005d0a80a0b7 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

C-SPAN Howard Nielson once argued that a gay judge should have recused himself from a case relating to same-sex marriage because he wouldn’t be a fair judge. I guess Nielson can’t oversee any cases that involve straight people!

Judge Howard Nielson Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Argued that a gay judge couldn’t be fair on a same-sex marriage case

As an attorney, Nielson argued that sexual orientation is a choice in his 2010 legal defense of Proposition 8, California’s former ban on same-sex marriage. He also disputed evidence that discrimination against LGBTQ people leads to higher rates of depression and suicide. When a U.S. district court ruled that Prop 8 violated the Constitution, Nielson argued the judge should have recused himself because he was gay and therefore unable to be fair. Every Senate Republican but one, Susan Collins, voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7165243b0000b140cf2ee4 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

ASSOCIATED PRESS This federal judge has a record of being Islamophobic, homophobic and extremely anti-abortion. A hat trick of crap!

Judge Mark Norris on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Opposes abortion “under any circumstances”

Norris previously led an effort to ban communities from removing monuments to Confederate leaders and set up a website that used images of refugees next to pictures of Islamic State terrorists. The former Tennessee state senator also backed legislation allowing mental health counselors to discriminate against LGBTQ clients and said he does not “favor abortion under any circumstances.” Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7299aa230000320051263e Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

C-Span When has same-sex marriage ever led to polygamy? Maybe someone will bring that lawsuit before this guy’s court.

Judge Stephen Clark on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Claimed same-sex marriage leads to polygamy

Clark claimed that same-sex marriage leads to polygamy in a 2016 speech at Duke University, and in another 2016 speech, he criticized the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, stating that marriage equality “is not an issue for nine unelected, unaccountable people with lifetime tenure … [to] be deciding because there is not a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.” Clark was also on the board of directors of Lawyers for Life, which issued a 2016 flyer with Clark’s name on it, declaring: “Roe vs. Wade gave doctors a license to kill unborn children. Like the Dred Scott decision, Roe is BAD LAW.” Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d72a5313b0000ea55d0c090 Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

ASSOCIATED PRESS Patrick Wyrick really didn’t want minors to have access to emergency contraception. He also tried to make adult women prove they were old enough to get it. What?

Judge Patrick Wyrick on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Tried to make emergency contraception access harder for minors and adults

The former Oklahoma solicitor general defended a law that would have required minors to get a prescription before buying emergency contraception and forced adult women to prove their age before they could have such contraception. The legislation was permanently blocked by a state judge in 2014. Wyrick also filed an amicus brief in the 2014 Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court, arguing that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate was unconstitutional because “religious faith is more than mere belief. It is practice.” Every Senate Republican voted to confirm him.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Chip-And-Ship Forest Clearing May Help Prevent Wildfire Disasters

Westlake Legal Group chip3-34dd33bf87ddebe5ee3f5be798599246cc35c655-s1100-c15 Chip-And-Ship Forest Clearing May Help Prevent Wildfire Disasters

A Rough Terrain Container Handler, or RTCH, moves a shipping container full of about 40,000 pounds of wood chips to a nearby railcar. Ryan Heinsius/KNAU hide caption

toggle caption

Ryan Heinsius/KNAU

Westlake Legal Group  Chip-And-Ship Forest Clearing May Help Prevent Wildfire Disasters

A Rough Terrain Container Handler, or RTCH, moves a shipping container full of about 40,000 pounds of wood chips to a nearby railcar.

Ryan Heinsius/KNAU

A huge mechanical claw scoops up several ponderosa pine logs and feeds them into an industrial chipper. Thousands of wood chunks are then blasted into a large shipping container.

“It goes anywhere from one to four to three up to seven small ones can just kind of throw in that little jaws there,” explains Jeff Halbrook, a research associate with Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute. Today he’s overseeing what’s fondly known as the chip-and-ship pilot project about 20 minutes west of Flagstaff.

These trees being fed into the chipper were recently cut from the nearby Coconino National Forest. A crew of six has been working for days to pack the shipping containers as tightly as possible, stuffing each one with about 40,000 pounds of chipped wood. Then another machine hoists the container onto a nearby railcar. In about two weeks, nearly 60 containers will arrive at a port in South Korea.

“They primarily use these wood chips for production of energy. Moving away from the fossil-based energy operation in South Korea,” says Northern Arizona University forestry professor Han-Sup Han.

Move away from fossil fuels

He’s hopeful the chip-and-ship project could support global efforts to move toward carbon neutrality and at the same time bypass the main roadblock to large-scale forest restoration in the region known as the “biomass bottleneck.”

“This material is so small and it has so low value, hauling this material to the market … economically is unfeasible. To be able to complete the restoration of the operation you need to move that out of the forest,” Han says.

This debris is called biomass and burning it—at least small chunks like this—releases less carbon than traditional coal. The U.S. Forest Service wants to eventually thin a million acres of ponderosa pines vulnerable to wildfire in Arizona with its Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

But the agency can’t get there without first clearing all that cut-down debris from the forest floor. The bottleneck has caused significant setbacks and slow-downs for restoration initiative since it began several years ago.

“When you thin an acre … you can’t go and do another acre until you’ve finished that half-a-load or load of slash or small-diameter material,” says Rich Van Demark, a forester with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. “The bottleneck is essentially not having homes for that lower-value, lower-quality wood.”

Untapped Asian markets

Experts say a lack of domestic markets is mostly to blame for the delays. Biomass-produced energy is expensive and there just aren’t many facilities in the U.S. that can use it. Plus, the material can be sold in Asia for more than double of what it fetches domestically. That’s why local forest managers started looking overseas for a solution by tapping into demand for wood on the other side of the globe to speed up forest restoration back home.

“As these markets develop and these techniques are refined, we’re able to do more acres, and we’re way behind the eight ball on our ability to manage acres,” says Van Demark.

Chip-and-ship could eventually export half-a-million tons of biomass each year. Jeff Halbrook and others are even hopeful it could help restart the long-dormant wood-products industry in northern Arizona.

“We would need to get more workers in the forest, more truck drivers to haul the material here. …” says Halbrook. “So our workforce would need to increase before we could really ramp up.”

Project supervisors acknowledge transporting that much material nearly 6,000 miles across the Pacific would come with a substantial carbon footprint. To offset that, they’d use hundreds of shipping containers that already return empty every day to Asia from the U.S.

If all the pieces fall into place, chip-and-ship could be key for South Korea to move away from fossil fuels while helping make U.S. forests more resilient to wildfire.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Cargo ship ‘listing heavily’ in Georgia port, crew evacuated, Coast Guard says

Westlake Legal Group GeorgiaShip1 Cargo ship 'listing heavily' in Georgia port, crew evacuated, Coast Guard says Travis Fedschun fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/georgia fox-news/us/military/coast-guard fox-news/us/disasters/transportation fox news fnc/us fnc article 58926383-4a36-5d62-9921-99fb90b18fe0

All marine traffic into a major port in Georgia was subject to suspension early Sunday after a large cargo ship overturned, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard’s Seventh District said on Twitter that it was joined by local agencies with “multiple rescue assets” on the scene after the Golden Ray cargo vessel was “listing heavily” near St. Simons Sound, Ga.

“The crew of the vessel is being evacuated at this time,” the Coast Guard said.

CALIFORNIA DIVE BOAT OWNERS FILE LAWSUIT TO AVOID LIABILITY AFTER DEADLY FIRE

Officials said that all vessel traffic in the Port of Brunswick is suspended unless approved by the captain of the port.

An image released by the Coast Guard showed the large ship turned to one side.

Further details on the status of the crew were not immediately available.

NTSB STARTS INTERVIEWING SURVIVORS, WITNESSES IN CALIFORNIA DIVE BOAT FIRE INVESTIGATION

The ship, a vehicles carrier, was built in 2017 and sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands, according to the vesselfinder.com.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

The Port of Brunswick is a major deepwater port in Georgia, which is comprised of three terminals that makes up the facility, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

“The port’s well-earned reputation for productivity and efficiency is heightened by its position as one of the fastest-growing auto and heavy machinery ports in North America,” the GPA’s website states. “Today, more than 12 major auto manufacturers, supported by three auto processors, utilize the Colonel’s Island Terminal.”

Westlake Legal Group GeorgiaShip1 Cargo ship 'listing heavily' in Georgia port, crew evacuated, Coast Guard says Travis Fedschun fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/georgia fox-news/us/military/coast-guard fox-news/us/disasters/transportation fox news fnc/us fnc article 58926383-4a36-5d62-9921-99fb90b18fe0   Westlake Legal Group GeorgiaShip1 Cargo ship 'listing heavily' in Georgia port, crew evacuated, Coast Guard says Travis Fedschun fox-news/us/us-regions/southeast/georgia fox-news/us/military/coast-guard fox-news/us/disasters/transportation fox news fnc/us fnc article 58926383-4a36-5d62-9921-99fb90b18fe0

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans are confirming so many of President Donald Trump’s nominees to lifetime federal court seats, it’s hard to keep up. Who are these people? What difference will they make in my life, anyway?

You’re in luck: We’re going to break it down here!

Two and a half years in, what stands out about Trump’s confirmed judges isn’t just the quantity, which is remarkable ― two Supreme Court justices, a record-breaking 43 appeals court judges and 99 district court judges.

It’s that a chunk of his judges shouldn’t be on the bench at all because they aren’t qualified or they’re so ideologically extreme that it’s next to impossible to imagine them as fair arbiters of justice. These judges are now on federal courts at every level, from the Supreme Court to appeals courts, which have the final say in nearly all federal cases, down to district courts, where these cases are first filed. For the appeals court judges in particular, the decisions these people make will affect you and millions of other people for generations.

“It is important for the public to appreciate that appeals court appointees serve on courts that are the courts of last resort for 99.9% of cases in their regions of the U.S. on issues like capital punishment, abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration, etc.,” said Carl Tobias, a University of Richmond law professor and an expert on federal judicial nominations. “The key is they resolve 50,000 cases per year and the Supreme Court resolves 100.”

Here’s a snapshot of Trump’s most alarming judges to date. Incredibly, all but one (Wendy Vitter) is or was a member of the Federalist Society, a conservative lawyers’ group that has effectively been picking Trump’s judicial nominees for him. There is a clear theme to these judges, too: They have records of being anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion and anti-voting rights.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7135d42500004d120512fd A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

POOL New / Reuters Judges are supposed to “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary,” per the Judicial Code of Conduct. Does lying and lashing out at senators inspire public confidence?

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Credibly accused of sexual assault

Kavanaugh repeatedly lied under oath in his Senate confirmation hearing and, alternating between crying, yelling and interrupting Senate committee members as they pressed him on credible sexual assault allegations against him, he blamed his rocky confirmation process on politics. Kavanaugh’s unhinged behavior raised fresh questions about his temperament to be a justice on the nation’s highest court. As Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) concluded in opposing him, he failed to meet the standard spelled out in the Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 1.2, which states that a judge must “act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.”

The American Bar Association was prepared to revisit its previous “well qualified” rating of Kavanaugh after his disastrous hearing, but Senate Republicans went ahead and confirmed him, so the group let it go. Every Republican but one, Murkowski, voted to confirm him.

<img class="image__src" src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5d6e962b240000320072e341.jpeg?ops=scalefit_970_noupscale" alt="The guy got a unanimous "not qualified" rating by the American Bar Association but was still confirmed to be a lifetim”>

Tom Williams via Getty Images The guy got a unanimous “not qualified” rating by the American Bar Association but was still confirmed to be a lifetime federal judge. OK!

Judge Leonard Steven Grasz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

Unanimously rated ‘not qualified’ by the ABA

Grasz earned an embarrassing and unanimous “not qualified” rating from the ABA, which has been evaluating federal judicial nominees since 1989 and rarely gives such an abysmal rating. Former colleagues described Grasz as “gratuitously rude,” per the ABA review, and expressed an “unusual fear” of consequences if they said anything bad about him because of his “deep connection” to powerful politicians. ABA members also raised concerns that Grasz is “unable to separate his role as an advocate from that of a judge,” given his record of opposing LGBTQ and abortion rights. Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d6691a83c00008b0546e887 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Bill Clark via Getty Images The ABA concluded that Jonathan Kobes was “not qualified” to be a federal judge because he can’t WRITE. Senate Republicans confirmed him anyway.

Judge Jonathan Kobes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit

Rated “not qualified” by the ABA

Kobes earned a “not qualified” rating by the ABA because he “was unable to provide sufficient writing samples of the caliber required” of a circuit judge. He also failed to demonstrate “an especially high degree of legal scholarship and excellent analytical and writing experience,” per the ABA review. Kobes certainly benefited from being a former aide to Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.). Every Senate Republican but one voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d6ed92b25000055000227b0 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Zach Gibson via Getty Images On the one hand, Neomi Rao blamed women for being victims of date rape. On the other hand, Senate Republicans confirmed her to be a lifetime federal judge.

Judge Neomi Rao on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Blamed women for date rape

Rao published a series of inflammatory articles on sexual assault, race and LGBTQ rights as a Yale University student. “A good way to avoid a potential date rape is to stay reasonably sober,” she wrote, adding that if a woman drinks to the point where she cannot choose if she wants to have sex, “getting to that point was part of her choice.” Rao also denounced “special treatment for minority students” and called the fight for LGBTQ rights a “trendy political movement.” Every Senate Republican voted to confirm her.

Westlake Legal Group 5d713dbd240000951975fa26 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

C-SPAN Where to even begin with this guy.

Judge John Bush on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit 

Compared abortion to slavery

Westlake Legal Group 5d7144783b0000e540cef734 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

C-Span Amy Coney Barrett thinks Roe v. Wade was “an erroneous decision” and also is on Trump’s short list for Supreme Court nominees. Cool, cool.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Called the ACA’s birth control benefit “an assault on religious liberty”

Barrett has suggested Roe v. Wade was an “erroneous decision” and called the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit “an assault on religious liberty.” She is on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks, which Trump said only includes people willing to overturn Roe v. Wade. The former Notre Dame law professor also sparked questions about her membership in a tightly knit Christian group called People of Praise, in which members swear a lifelong oath of loyalty and are accountable to a personal adviser ― called a “head” for men and a “handmaid” for women ― and are taught that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family. Every Senate Republican voted to confirm her.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7165b43b0000b140cf3010 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

ASSOCIATED PRESS Kyle Duncan questioned the legitimacy of the Supreme Court itself when it legalized federal marriage equality. He’s a lifetime federal judge now.

Judge Kyle Duncan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

Defended voter suppression law that targeted African Americans “with almost surgical precision”

As an attorney, Duncan defended North Carolina’s egregious voter suppression law that a federal appeals court struck down in 2016, ruling that it discriminated against black voters and “targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision.” Duncan appealed the case to the Supreme Court, calling it “ludicrous” to suggest the law echoed Jim Crow laws. The Supreme Court rejected his appeal. He also led Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court fight against covering birth control under its employee health plans, and he claimed the court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodgeswhich legalized marriage equality, “raises a question about the legitimacy of the Court.” Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5cdc6cda210000590080892c A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

SIPA USA/PA Images This guy published an article calling claims of sexism “irrelevant pouting.” Who wants to go before him as a judge the next time you sue someone for sexist treatment?

Judge Kenneth Lee on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Called claims of sexism “irrelevant pouting”

Lee published a series of offensive articles as a student and newspaper editor at Cornell University. Claims of sexism are “irrelevant pouting,” he wrote, and LGBTQ rights advocacy is “yet another way to portray people as victims in need of preferential treatment.” He argued that gay people are more promiscuous than straight people, which is why “9 out of 10 people with AIDS are gay or drug users”; that multiculturalism is a “malodorous sickness”; and that African Americans’ fight for equality post-slavery is similar to other immigrants trying to overcome discrimination. Lee initially hid his writings from senators, but they were later uncovered by staff and the press. Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d716d7e2500001c13055e95 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Tom Williams via Getty Images Eric Murphy spent years trying to make it harder for minorities and low-income people to vote. Here’s to Voting Rights Act lawsuits never coming before him in court!

Judge Eric Murphy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit

Led efforts to make it harder for minorities to vote

Murphy led repeated efforts to make it harder for minorities to vote. The former Ohio solicitor general defended getting rid of the state’s “Golden Week,” a five-day period in which voters could register and vote at the same time, and defended Ohio’s notorious voter purge law before the Supreme Court. The court upheld that law in a contentious 5-4 decision, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor writing in her dissent that the law will disproportionately make it harder for “minority, low-income, disabled, homeless, and veteran voters to cast a ballot.” Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d716df73b0000b240cf421d A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Tom Williams via Getty Images Allison Jones Rushing, who said there were “moral and practical reasons” for banning same-sex marriage, is only 37. She’s going to be on the federal bench for a long, long time.

Judge Allison Rushing Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Claimed “moral and practical reasons” for banning marriage equality

Jones worked for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian organization that has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. She has argued that there were “moral and practical” reasons for banning same-sex marriage. At 37, Jones is also the youngest federal judge in the country, and some Democrats opposed her on the grounds that she lacks the experience or legal ability to be a U.S. circuit judge. Every Senate Republican voted to confirm her.

Westlake Legal Group 5d72804a3b00008a65d0c047 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

ASSOCIATED PRESS Don Willett has a track record of consistently ruling against same-sex marriage rights. For good measure, he went ahead and mocked a transgender student’s participation in school sports too.

Judge Don Willett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

Regularly ruled against same-sex marriage rights

The former Texas Supreme Court Justice consistently ruled against same-sex marriage rights, including a June 2017 ruling that same-sex spouses of Houston city workers have no inherent right to benefits under Obergefell v. Hodges, the federal marriage equality ruling. Willett also mocked a California law relating to transgender students’ participation in school sports. He has bragged that “there is no ideological daylight to the right of me,” and in his 2012 judicial election, he was endorsed by rabidly anti-LGBTQ advocates including Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and Christian revisionist historian David Barton. Willett is on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks, which Trump said only includes people willing to overturn Roe v. Wade. Every Senate Republican voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7180502500004d12058444 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Tom Williams via Getty Images Eric Miller made a career out of fighting Native American tribes’ rights. Now he’s a federal judge on a court with jurisdiction over hundreds of tribes. 

Judge Eric Miller on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Made a career out of fighting Native Americans’ tribal sovereignty

Miller built a legal career out of fighting tribal interests and sovereignty, so much so that one Native American leader described Miller’s law firm, Perkins Coie, as the go-to destination for jurisdictions that want “to fight an Indian tribe.” Two prominent Native organizations ― the National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund ― wrote to Judiciary Committee leaders raising concerns about Miller’s advocacy for “undermining the rights of Indian tribes, often taking extreme positions and using pejorative language to denigrate tribal rights.” But every Senate Republican voted to confirm him. He now sits on a court with jurisdiction over 427 federally recognized tribes.

Westlake Legal Group 5d080267250000a013e8cd7e A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

CSPAN This guy, hoo boy.

Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Called being transgender “a delusion”

Kacsmaryk called it “a grave mistake” to include protections for LGBTQ people in the Violence Against Women Act, and he signed a 2016 letter that called being transgender “a delusion.” He also criticized the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, saying “seven justices of the Supreme Court found an unwritten ‘fundamental right’ to abortion hiding in the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the shadowy ‘penumbras’ of the Bill of Rights, a celestial phenomenon invisible to the non-lawyer eye.” (What?) Every Senate Republican but one, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d70302e3b00009605cdbb03 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

Bill Clark via Getty Images Wendy Vitter once falsely linked abortion to cancer, and endorsed spreading the word that birth control leads to violent death. What?

Westlake Legal Group 5ce4441b2100005d0a80a0b7 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

C-SPAN Howard Nielson once argued that a gay judge should have recused himself from a case relating to same-sex marriage because he wouldn’t be a fair judge. I guess Nielson can’t oversee any cases that involve straight people!

Judge Howard Nielson Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Argued that a gay judge couldn’t be fair on a same-sex marriage case

As an attorney, Nielson argued that sexual orientation is a choice in his 2010 legal defense of Proposition 8, California’s former ban on same-sex marriage. He also disputed evidence that discrimination against LGBTQ people leads to higher rates of depression and suicide. When a U.S. district court ruled that Prop 8 violated the Constitution, Nielson argued the judge should have recused himself because he was gay and therefore unable to be fair. Every Senate Republican but one, Susan Collins, voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7165243b0000b140cf2ee4 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

ASSOCIATED PRESS This federal judge has a record of being Islamophobic, homophobic and extremely anti-abortion. A hat trick of crap!

Judge Mark Norris on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Opposes abortion “under any circumstances”

Norris previously led an effort to ban communities from removing monuments to Confederate leaders and set up a website that used images of refugees next to pictures of Islamic State terrorists. The former Tennessee state senator also backed legislation allowing mental health counselors to discriminate against LGBTQ clients and said he does not “favor abortion under any circumstances.” Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d7299aa230000320051263e A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

C-Span When has same-sex marriage ever led to polygamy? Maybe someone will bring that lawsuit before this guy’s court.

Judge Stephen Clark on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Claimed same-sex marriage leads to polygamy

Clark claimed that same-sex marriage leads to polygamy in a 2016 speech at Duke University, and in another 2016 speech, he criticized the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, stating that marriage equality “is not an issue for nine unelected, unaccountable people with lifetime tenure … [to] be deciding because there is not a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.” Clark was also on the board of directors of Lawyers for Life, which issued a 2016 flyer with Clark’s name on it, declaring: “Roe vs. Wade gave doctors a license to kill unborn children. Like the Dred Scott decision, Roe is BAD LAW.” Every Senate Republican present voted to confirm him.

Westlake Legal Group 5d72a5313b0000ea55d0c090 A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges

ASSOCIATED PRESS Patrick Wyrick really didn’t want minors to have access to emergency contraception. He also tried to make adult women prove they were old enough to get it. What?

Judge Patrick Wyrick on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Tried to make emergency contraception access harder for minors and adults

The former Oklahoma solicitor general defended a law that would have required minors to get a prescription before buying emergency contraception and forced adult women to prove their age before they could have such contraception. The legislation was permanently blocked by a state judge in 2014. Wyrick also filed an amicus brief in the 2014 Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court, arguing that the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate was unconstitutional because “religious faith is more than mere belief. It is practice.” Every Senate Republican voted to confirm him.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Regulators Fine High-Profile Dog ‘Rescue’ Group After HuffPost Investigation

Westlake Legal Group 5d0aaef02500004e12e94a2d Regulators Fine High-Profile Dog ‘Rescue’ Group After HuffPost Investigation

The Colorado agency that regulates shelters, breeders and other dog-dealing entities has hit the multimillion-dollar nonprofit National Mill Dog Rescue with the biggest fine the agency’s manager can recall. It comes with a larger goal, he said: “to highlight the fact that rescue is a problem” and warn other nonprofit shelters and rescuers who do business in similar ways that they could be next.

The Aug. 8 order closes an investigation by the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act agency, an arm of the state Department of Agriculture, and comes about two months after HuffPost published a lengthy investigation into National Mill’s business activities.

The order slaps National Mill with a $15,000 fine, $7,000 of which is due immediately and another $8,000 of which the state can collect should National Mill fail an inspection or violate PACFA rules during a one-year probationary period.

There will be unannounced inspections during the probationary period, and if National Mill fails any inspection or violates any of the agency’s rules, it will also have its license to operate revoked.

National Mill, according to the order, “admits there is a factual basis” for disciplinary proceedings and waives its rights to any hearing or appeal.

The order cites 15 regulatory violations, including importing dogs into Colorado without the required vaccinations and paperwork, failing to produce medical records, failing to produce a complete origin record for one dog, and transporting dogs and cats without a license. The order also describes two dogs, named Oscar and Jubilee, being “severely injured” in dogfights at the facility.

Read the full order below (story continues after):

Additional documents obtained by HuffPost through an open-records request show that PACFA inspectors noted far more than 15 violations at National Mill since 2017. But Nick Fisher, the agency’s manager, said only 15 were cited in the final order because the agency felt National Mill had “owned up” to its compliance failures.

“We’ll see if they can toe the line,” Fisher told HuffPost. “We could’ve fined them thousands and thousands of dollars, but they’ve acknowledged that they’ve done this, and we wanted to get a stipulation agreement in place that they agree to give up their license if they do it again in the future.”

Theresa Strader, the founder and executive director of National Mill who signed the final order on July 30, did not respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

The Truth Comes Out

The strength of the state’s action and the details of wrongdoing laid out in the inspectors’ notes dramatically contradict the picture that Strader has been painting online for National Mill supporters and donors.

In the past month, instead of acknowledging that the nonprofit is now just a single regulatory violation away from being shut down, National Mill has been promoting a $125-per-person, black-tie-optional fundraising gala scheduled for Sept. 14 at The Broadmoor, a destination resort in Colorado Springs.

The nonprofit has made no mention of the PACFA investigation to its more than 660,000 Facebook followers since the state opened the inquiry in early January, after receiving a complaint from former National Mill marketing director Jene Nelson. Strader’s first public comments about the situation related to HuffPost’s then-upcoming article that included Nelson’s allegations: On June 29, Strader told National Mill’s Facebook followers that a story was about to be published “riddled with lies, bias and inaccuracies.”

Fisher said that, to the contrary, his agency’s inspectors found Nelson’s allegations of wrongdoing to be correct. In fact, one inspector’s notes from February state that when Strader told inspectors that Nelson’s complaint “was submitted in an attempt to tarnish the facility due to an employment/volunteer dispute,” National Mill’s chief operations officer, Chuck Arnold, “advised her that that could not be the case when many of the allegations made in the complaint were true.”

“Pretty much all the allegations she made were founded in our investigation,” Fisher said of Nelson’s complaint.

Nelson told HuffPost that she has only ever sought to have National Mill comply with animal welfare laws, including when she still worked there.

“I reported NMDR’s irresponsible behavior to the chairman of the board nearly eight months before the PACFA complaint in an attempt to resolve issues internally, but that didn’t happen,” she said. “The action taken by PACFA might be the wake-up call NMDR has needed for a long time. … NMDR is a multimillion-dollar organization and has every resource available to comply with those regulations.”

Asked about that meeting, Chris Thornton, chairman of National Mill’s board, told HuffPost, “She did go ahead and express concerns, which I relayed to Theresa [Strader] and Kim Lehmann [another National Mill official]. I said Jene Nelson had contacted me and made these couple of claims. Theresa said, ‘Thanks for letting us know.’”

State documents also verify HuffPost’s reporting that cast doubt on the description of a number of dogs supposedly rescued by National Mill. While the nonprofit tells supporters that its dogs are saved from “puppy mills,” the government investigators determined that sometimes Strader has no idea who is handing over dogs to her — let alone whether they are breeders or how their kennels might be run.

On July 9, according to the state’s records (in which Strader’s first name is misspelled), “Teresa stated that the name on the acquisition records was not who they had obtained the dogs from. Teresa advised that people in the area put word out that the rescue will be in town and random people show up with animals. I explained they are required to obtain name, address, and phone number for the individuals they obtain dogs from.”

Two weeks later, PACFA sent Strader a letter that would form the basis for the final order, citing all the specific violations for which the agency would subsequently levy its significant fine and place the nonprofit on probation.

A Warning To Other Rescue Groups

Fisher says he hopes the $15,000 fine serves as a warning to other nonprofits in Colorado that skirt the rules and regulations designed to keep animals and people safe.

“Animals coming into the state of Colorado have increased from 17,000 in 2013 to almost 45,000 in 2018,” he said. “Most of that is rescue.”

Fisher suggested that some of the so-called rescue organizations are really just “dog flipping” as a way to make quick cash ― he exempted National Mill from that particular criticism ― and that regulations have not kept pace with the evolution of the marketplace.

“What we see with a lot of these rescue groups is that it’s an easy way to make money,” he said. “You throw up a website, you’re in business, you go to another state and get dogs, and you adopt them out. They don’t have to put a lot of money into them if they get them from a shelter … that just gives them a dog, and then here, they adopt them out for a $400 or $500 fee.”

Part of the problem is the halo effect around dog rescue, he added.

“Rescues and shelters have such a positive connotation that everybody should get their dogs there,” Fisher said, “but a lot of the stuff we see happening with these rescues and shelters is pretty bad. Our hope is that other rescue groups look at what happened to National Mill Dog and say, ‘Well, I better get my act together, because if I don’t and somebody files a complaint on me, I’m going to be in trouble.’”

Assessing The Inspectors

The documents in the National Mill case also raise questions about PACFA’s ability to regulate dog rescues and shelters throughout Colorado, Fisher acknowledged.

In March 2017, inspectors had cited National Mill for transporting dogs across state lines without the required vaccinations and veterinary paperwork to prevent the spread of disease. State documents show that the inspectors didn’t follow up and ask for further proof that National Mill had fixed the problem until after the agency received Nelson’s complaint in January 2019 — and that once the inspectors did look, they found that National Mill had violated the same regulations and imported dozens more dogs into Colorado without the required veterinary forms in April, July and August 2017.

“We regulate 2,200 facilities,” Fisher said. “I’m not making excuses, but each inspector has between 375 and 425 that they regulate on an annual basis, and they respond to 75 to 100 complaints a year. That’s about 500 complaints a year plus any follow-up they have to do on a facility.”

He also acknowledged that in early 2017, after issuing a citation, the agency simply took Strader’s word that National Mill would follow the law in the future.

“Honestly, that’s what we usually have to do unless we get a complaint,” he said. “In this case, Theresa lied, so here we go.”

What’s Next For National Mill

Although PACFA’s investigation into National Mill is now closed, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies also opened an investigation based on a separate complaint that Nelson filed early this year. That complaint alleges that Strader has been practicing veterinary medicine without a license and falsifying rabies vaccine certificates.

The department has referred that case to the state Attorney General’s Office, which is reviewing it and deciding whether to prosecute.

In the meantime, the Colorado Board of Veterinary Medicine issued a cease-and-desist order to Strader for the unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine. Strader, through an attorney, denied the charges. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 30 at Colorado’s Office of Administrative Courts.

Beyond any action that the state attorney general or the Office of Administrative Courts may yet take, National Mill is also regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the federal Animal Welfare Act. Under that federal law (and many state statutes), dogs are required to have vaccinations and a certificate from a veterinarian before crossing state lines, to prevent the spread of diseases including rabies. HuffPost’s reporting showed that while National Mill handled more than 2,000 dogs from at least six states and imported many of them into Colorado in 2017 and 2018, fewer than 100 such certificates were actually on file in the six states and only 168 certificates were on file in Colorado.

Fisher told HuffPost that he might also refer the case to the Department of Agriculture.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

NOAA staff was warned against providing ‘opinion’ about Dorian after Trump comments: report

Westlake Legal Group lXNf7hJ7lLh4HZjuAnlWRZiBHYFBOou6UcKn51ULK-g NOAA staff was warned against providing 'opinion' about Dorian after Trump comments: report r/politics

As a reminder, this subreddit is for civil discussion.

In general, be courteous to others. Attack ideas, not users. Personal insults, shill or troll accusations, hate speech, any advocating or wishing death/physical harm, and other rule violations can result in a permanent ban.

If you see comments in violation of our rules, please report them.


I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

10 clever things you never knew your iPad could do

iPads are everywhere now. Workers carry them around offices. Patrons order food on iPads in restaurants. Entire stores have traded their cash registers for iPads. The flagship Apple tablet isn’t just a novelty item for watching movies on the sofa; it has become a major workhorse, transforming our domestic and professional lives.

Add the power of Siri, and your iPad becomes a full-on virtual assistant, especially with a few little-known features.

For those of us who already have iPads, there are tons of hidden tricks that make owning this magical little gadget even more fun – no apps required. These shortcuts can accelerate your workflow, enhance your browsing, and protect your privacy, all with a few taps of your fingers.

While you’re fiddling with your device, you may also want to make sure it’s clear of malware, since even Apple devices are susceptible.

Whether you use your iPad for work or play, you won’t want to miss these handy iPad secrets.

1. Scroll faster and easier

One of the biggest differences between a tablet and a traditional laptop is the lack of “mouse.” Your finger is clumsy compared to a trackpad, which gives you surgical precision on the screen.

Editing text can be tedious on the iPad, but fortunately, Apple has enabled “trackpad mode” for the first time on iOS 12. With trackpad mode, you can quickly scroll through text that you’ve typed and instantly jump from the top to the bottom of a page (or vice versa).

To enable trackpad mode, hold the space bar down on the keyboard until all the keys go gray. As long as you don’t remove your finger, you can quickly scroll through the entirety of your content.

2. Secret setting extends battery life

iPads are known for maintaining long battery life, but sometimes you’ll notice an abrupt drain. This annoyance usually happens because of apps that run in the background and continue to use data and power.

While it can be useful to have Apple’s “Background App Refresh” downloading and preparing the latest updates to your Twitter timeline, turning the feature off can help you save critical battery life for when you need it most.

To disable the Background App Refresh, navigate to your Settings app, and select General. Then, select Background App Refresh and turn the feature off from the top. Your apps may take a few seconds longer to load when you first open them, but the extra battery life is well worth that nominal wait.

3. Hide private photos from view

When families get together and trade photos, they often pass around an iPad. But we might not want everyone to see all of our business in one place. Thankfully, there’s a way to instantly hide your private photos by default into an album that’s separate from your current camera roll.

To hide photos, open your Photos app and tap Select in the upper right-hand corner. Next, tap the photos you want to hide and select the Share button from the bottom left of the screen (it looks like a box with an arrow coming out). Select Hide from the menu that appears at the bottom of your screen.

Now, your photos are hidden in a separate album for you to access at your convenience.

4. Go instantly to the top of any webpage

This one is simple: When you’re neck-deep in a website, tap the title bar of the app or web page. This one motion will send you zooming right back to the top.

Since it was designed to make browsing easier, all you need to do is touch the black bar at the top of your display (where the time shows), and you’ll find yourself at the very beginning. Nice.

5. Scan documents like a pro

Scanners have largely disappeared, and most of us say, “Good riddance.” Unless you work in an office environment, you probably won’t need to use one again, thanks to the Notes app on your iPad.

If you have something that needs to be scanned, you can use your iPad’s camera to take a photo of your document and add it directly to your Notes. You’ll never need to use a separate scanning app. Notes works.

To use it, open the Notes app and tap the plus button in the bottom center of the display. Then, choose Scan Documents. Also, options like black and white, grayscale, or color can help make the document stand out for easier reading whether its typed, handwritten, or printed.

6. Show two apps at once on your screen

One of the iPad’s biggest successes recently has been its ability to multitask apps. All this means is that your tablet can run more than one app side by side.

To start, open the Home Screen of your iPad and make sure both apps you want to use are stored in the Dock at the bottom center of the screen. Then, open the first app you want to use.

From the bottom of the display, swipe up to reveal the Dock again. Then, tap and hold the icon of the second app you wish to use.

While continuing to hold on to the app icon, drag it into either the right or left side of the display. This will open the app right next to the first one.

One more step: To even the screen-space each app is taking, touch and drag the dividing line between the two apps towards the center of the screen.

Now, you can get more power out of your device with much less effort than it takes to keep switching apps. Your fingers will thank you.

7. Type like you do on your phone

The iPad’s size is one of its biggest strengths, but we don’t always want to set it on our lap or on a desk to type. What if we could type with our thumbs like on a smartphone?

By default, you can easily split the keyboard of the iPad, so each side retreats to the bottom corners of the device. This makes it possible to type with your thumbs as if your iPad was a giant smartphone.

To split your keyboard, hold the keyboard icon on the bottom right of the screen until a menu pops up. Without lifting your finger from the screen, move it up to Split, and the keyboard will immediately separate. To put it back to normal, the process is the same except you’ll select Merge instead.

8. Charge your iPad faster with this little known tool

It’s no secret that iPads can take a long time to charge. But there’s a reason for this: the battery is massive. iPads require this large core in order to power that gorgeous display properly.

Even still, there is a way to get your iPad in fighting shape much faster than usual. Apple’s USB-C charging block is designed for its laptops, but with a lightning adapter, your iPad can enjoy increased charging speeds with zero additional effort.

Have somewhere to go? Just drop your iPad on the USB-C charger and give it a go. You’ll be back to green in no time.

The USB-C charging accessory can be found on Apple.com, as well as the compatible Lightning adapter.

9. Show others what you’re doing on your screen

Sometimes, sharing what you’re doing with your friends and loved ones goes beyond a simple photo or screenshot. Let’s say you’re playing a game on Facebook like Words With Friends and you really want to show your family across the country your winning epic combination. A photo isn’t going to cut it. What you want is a screen recording.

Luckily, iOS12 gives you the ability to record your screen by default.

On your iPad, swipe down from the upper right corner of the display to bring up the Control Center. Then, tap the icon shaped like a target. Then, hit Start Recording. While you’re recording, a red band will appear at the top of your screen so you’ll know if you’re recording. To stop, tap the red bar and hit Stop.

10. Search like a pro

Did you know your iPad comes with a built-in search engine that can help you locate anything stored on your device or the cloud?

To access the Spotlight tool, touch the center of your display, and pull down. You’ll see a menu appear with a search bar, Siri Suggestions of apps to use, and some recommendations based on previous activity. From here, type to search for your query, and touch the results to open them.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

Copyright 2019, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Learn about all the latest technology on The Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

###

Westlake Legal Group 542866-apple-ipad-pro 10 clever things you never knew your iPad could do The Kim Komando Show Kim Komando fox-news/tech/companies/apple fnc/tech fnc article 54b8df86-2429-58b0-b740-630236a9781f   Westlake Legal Group 542866-apple-ipad-pro 10 clever things you never knew your iPad could do The Kim Komando Show Kim Komando fox-news/tech/companies/apple fnc/tech fnc article 54b8df86-2429-58b0-b740-630236a9781f

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore

Ship Island Excursions has survived hurricanes, global recessions, a world war and a host of economic challenges since the ferry company began taking passengers to the barrier islands that dot coastal Mississippi in the 1920s. But this year, a new threat has emerged: an explosion of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, that has shut down virtually all of Mississippi’s beaches since July 4. 

No one knows when the algae will disappear, and many wonder how many businesses that operate in the region will survive the hit. 

“Beach vendors have been wiped out,” said Louis Skrmetta, operations manager for Ship Island Excursions. “I’ve never seen something so dramatic. It’s very similar to the BP oil spill…people are frightened to just walk in the sand.”

Westlake Legal Group 5d7291a1230000500051262c Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore

Janet Densmore An empty beach in Waveland, Mississippi on Sept. 6, 2019.

Scientists have never seen anything like this before in the ocean off’s Mississippi coast ― blue-green algal blooms are normally confined to fresh-water species. Mississippi officials say the bloom is the result of record flooding this year in the Midwest, which has pushed a deluge of polluted, nitrogen-rich water down the Mississippi River. It has forced state officials to issue water and health advisories warning people to stay out of the water and to avoid contaminated seafood

Exposure to the algae can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and kidney and liver damage, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s particularly dangerous for pets; dogs in several southern states have died after exposure to blue-green algae in freshwater environments this summer. 

Mississippi business and fishery experts say they’ve never seen such a massive algal bloom spread in coastal waters. Many blame the record ten trillion gallons of Mississippi River water that the Army Corps of Engineers diverted from the flooding New Orleans area. The Corps opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway twice for a record 123 days, pouring fertilizer and industrial waste-laden river water into Lake Pontchartrain, which drains into the Mississippi Sound. 

State marine officials say the diversion has killed sensitive oyster reefs, wiped out brown shrimp and crab catches, and altered the salinity levels of the entire Mississippi coastal estuarine area. While salinity levels are finally returning to normal, water health advisories for blue-green algae remain on state beaches. 

Hotels, restaurants and other coastal businesses who depend on summer tourism to get through the year are facing big losses, said Coastal Mississippi, an organization that tracks business development. 

Beach vendors, fishing charters, and other beachfront establishments that are reliant upon the health of the Mississippi Sound have seen “devastating losses” in revenue, the group said in an email, “seeing decreases in business of up to 70 percent” from last year.

It could be the new normal. … It would be a tourist season killer. Dr. Brian Lapointe, a research professor at the Florida Atlantic University

Commercial fishermen also have been hit hard. Oyster reefs are particularly vulnerable to salinity changes, and these areas already were dealing with the impact of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the BP oil spill in 2010, and other freshwater dumps by the Bonnet Carre Spillway after other storms. Fishermen fear this years’ record flood could wipe out Mississippi oysters for good. 

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources reports that 90 to 100% of the state’s oyster reefs are dead. The reefs will take years to rebuild ― and that’s assuming the river water flooding stops, experts say. Mississippi residents say when they go out for oysters in local restaurants, their oysters come from Washington State, a shock when they consider Mississippi was home to one of the worlds’ most productive oyster fisheries just 15-20 years ago.

Mississippi shrimp, crab and finfish catches are all down this year, according to state officials. Fishermen say the ocean is just as deserted as the beaches, as many boat captains want to avoid burning fuel while getting nothing in return. Some described spotting dead sea turtles lined up on the barrier islands, and running through unusual masses of dead fish and hyacinth grass floating in the water. 

“I’ve never seen this before,” said Tommy O’Brien, a fisherman from Pascagoula, Mississippi. A recent nine-day trip brought in red snapper catch worth less than $8,000, he said, which is a quarter of what he usually gets. 

“When the blue-green algae die, there will be another fish kill,” he said. “The in-shore fish could take years to recover.” 

Ryan Bradley, executive director of Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, said it’s a “dire situation” in the Gulf. After several decades of disasters, this one may be the worst because no one knows when the algal bloom will end, he said. 

Bradley, a fifth-generation fisherman, worries the industry may be doomed by state actions. He said many people stopped buying seafood from state waters after the Department of Environmental Quality warned against eating seafood from areas with algal blooms. 

“That really put a damper on our seafood sales,” Bradley said, noting that state testing has yet to find dangerous levels of algae in any actual seafood. “These fishermen and communities really need direct emergency assistance. If we don’t take care of people now, they won’t be around forever. It’s a direct threat to our food security.” 

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) and other federal officials have backed an emergency federal fisheries disaster declaration to compensate fishermen and other businesses. But Bradley said it could take years for the money to get to them since some fishermen never got compensated after the BP disaster and flooding nearly a decade ago. Bradley blames an ineffective bureaucracy that ignores people who need help the most. “The process is broke.” 

As fishermen battle the new stigma of algal blooms, scientists in the Gulf are tracking another ongoing ocean disaster: annual “dead zones,” or vast areas of oxygen-depleted water, that plague the Gulf each year. The zones are toxic to marine life and blossom in gulf waters each summer as nutrients and fertilizers pour down the Mississippi River. 

Louisiana State University research professor Nancy Rabalais leads annual trips to measure the offshore areas of low oxygen, which was expected to reach a record size this year. But then July’s Hurricane Barry stirred up the Gulf waters and improved oxygen levels. When Rabalais and her team measured the Gulf in July, they found this year’s dead zone was nearly 7,000 square-miles, which made it the 8th biggest ― although she suspects it may be larger now in the calm, still warmer-than-normal temperatures of the Gulf. 

Scientists have been trying to get farmers and communities across the Midwest to change practices and avoid dumping massive amounts of fish-killing nutrients into the Mississippi. Rabalais says as the climate warms and areas like the Midwest experience more rainfall, the dead zones will only get worse. 

Meanwhile, tracking it is getting harder, as Rabalais says her research budget has been slashed to a third of what it used to be. “I can’t speak without data,” she said, “but more rainfall means more water is poured into the Gulf with lots of nutrients.” 

Westlake Legal Group 5d72769b240000fb1777c54b Mississippi Beaches Have Been Vacant For Two Months As A Toxic Algae Bloom Lurks Offshore

Janet Densmore A sign at a beach in Waveland warns against swimming due to algae blooms along the MIssissippi coast.

Although the dead zone is different from the blue-green algae disaster, scientists say elevated levels of polluted Mississippi River water entering the Gulf seem to be the cause in both cases. That has many experts worried about the impact of new algal blooms on marine life, which has suffered huge losses this summer due to the tidal wave of polluted river water that invaded the environment.  

It’s unclear if the algal blooms have played a role in the deaths of 300 dolphins found along the northern Gulf coast this year, including at least 143 in Mississippi alone. Experts say these numbers are a fraction of the dolphins that have likely died, and a federal investigation of marine mammal deaths is ongoing. 

Moby Solangi, president and executive director of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, says the algal bloom is an indication the marine environment is unhealthy. The worst outcome, he said, would be if toxic organisms like algae actually evolve into something more persistent and constant ― a nightmare situation for the marine species that live there and the people who depend on them.

If it’s true that toxic algae are adapting to marine environments, that’s bad news for the Mississippi tourist industry and for its fisheries, and something Solangi says scientists are investigating. 

“There are multiple factors at work here,” Solangi said. “You’ve got polluted river water being poured into an area that’s not used to it, and organisms are feeling the pain… it’s like an aquatic hurricane.” 

Scientists say anything is possible in a rapidly warming aquatic world. Dr. Brian Lapointe, a research professor at the Florida Atlantic University and expert on algal blooms, said it would be disastrous if these blooms become more common. 

“It could be the new normal, and it will impact fisheries and the economy if it continues,” Lapointe said. “It would be a tourist season killer.” 

Repeated calls and emails last week to top Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality officials, including its executive director, Gary Ricard, and communications director, Robbie Wilbur, went unanswered. Rick Burris, deputy director of marine fisheries at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, said his agency is not sure what threat blue algae poses to marine life, but he says so far agency officials have not detected dangerous levels of algae in seafood. 

But Burris said what they are seeing is unusual. “The salinity levels are almost back to normal, but we’re not seeing the algal bloom recede as expected,” said Burris. “We are in unchartered territory.” 

Meanwhile, residents and businesses along the Mississippi coast are fed up with state officials who seem to have few weapons to fight the algal bloom. At a community meeting of about 200 residents last week in Gulfport, there were a lot of questions but few answers, according to people who attended. 

“How can you be mad at something you don’t know,” said Waveland resident Janet Densmore, who lives a few hundred yards from shore and has walked empty beaches this summer wondering what’s in the water. “They’re just trying to keep a lid on it and hope they don’t get blamed by the voters.” 

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Saudi King Appoints a Son, Prince Abdulaziz, as Energy Minister

Westlake Legal Group 08saudi-sub-facebookJumbo Saudi King Appoints a Son, Prince Abdulaziz, as Energy Minister Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia Salman, King of Saudi Arabia Oil (Petroleum) and Gasoline Appointments and Executive Changes Abdulaziz bin Salman, Prince of Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT, Lebanon — King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Sunday named his son Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman as energy minister, putting a member of the royal family for the first time in one of the kingdom’s most important roles, as part of a wider shake-up of top energy-sector jobs.

The appointment of Prince Abdulaziz, an older half brother of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, brings to an end a long line of commoner technocrats charged with overseeing energy policy for the world’s largest oil exporter.

Prince Abdulaziz, who has been minister of state for energy affairs since 2017, replaces Khalid al-Falih, who was removed last week as board chairman of Aramco, a company that he once ran as chief executive. The move announced on Sunday is likely to surprise oil market participants, who had mostly assumed that the departing energy minister would retain that portfolio, which includes sway over Saudi production policy.

Mr. al-Falih was perhaps the most closely watched figure in the oil industry, and his words are carefully weighed by the markets. He was long seen as a key player in the kingdom’s reform plans, but his removal from the Aramco board has prompted speculation that Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, believed he had failed to make sufficient progress on the reforms.

Last month, the king created a new ministry to oversee mining and industry, removing those sectors from the control of the Energy Ministry.

The moves come as Saudi Arabia struggles with low oil prices while seeking to make the country less dependent on oil. It is also seeking to publicly sell shares of the state-owned oil giant, Saudi Aramco, to raise money to pay for a sweeping overhaul of the kingdom.

Until Prince Abdulaziz was named energy minister, the task of overseeing energy policy for the world’s largest oil exporter had traditionally fallen to commoner technocrats. Members of the Saudi royal family tended to stay out of the oil business, the thinking being that it was better to leave it to the professionals and not risk oil policy getting tied up in royal intrigue.

Prince Abdulaziz was an exception. He earned a master’s degree in industrial management from the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, and served as an adviser to a previous energy minister, Ali al-Naimi.

A veteran oil diplomat, Prince Abdulaziz has long been a fixture at O.P.E.C. meetings and other energy gatherings. He is well regarded by people in the industry, including officials from countries like Iran that are at odds with Saudi Arabia.

Because of his long experience in the oil and energy sector, analysts did not expect him to significantly change the kingdom’s energy policies.

Mr. al-Falih was replaced by Yasir al-Rumayyan, who lacks significant experience in the oil sector but who is close to Prince Mohammed and leads the kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund.

The removal of Mr. al-Falih appears to indicate dissatisfaction on the part of the Saudi leadership with oil prices, but analysts say that Prince Abdulaziz will have a difficult time improving on the performance of his predecessor.

“The challenge for the new minister is the same as for the old minister,” said Bill Farren-Price, a director at RS Energy, a market research firm. “The leadership may want to see prices much higher than they are at the moment, but it is difficult to see how to achieve that without Saudi Arabia cutting a lot more.”

Since becoming oil minister, Mr. al-Falih orchestrated production cuts with Russia and Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries that did help boost prices, which had fallen below $30 a barrel for Brent crude, the international benchmark. to the current levels of around $$62 per barrel.

Strong production growth from the United States has offset the cutbacks from Saudi Arabia and other producers. In addition, worries about a weakening global economy that might reduce demand for oil have weighed on prices in recent months.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Hong Kong Protesters Appeal To Trump To ‘Liberate’ City From China

Westlake Legal Group 5d74d2573b00002a74d0c1e9 Hong Kong Protesters Appeal To Trump To ‘Liberate’ City From China

HONG KONG, Sept 8 (Reuters) ― Thousands of Hong Kong protesters on Sunday sang the Star Spangled Banner and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the Chinese-ruled city, the latest in a series of sometimes violent protests to rock the territory.

Police stood by as protesters, under a sea of umbrellas against the sub-tropical sun, waved the Stars and Stripes and placards demanding democracy.

“Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” they shouted before handing over petitions at the U.S. Consulate. “Resist Beijing, liberate Hong Kong.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday urged China to exercise restraint in Hong Kong, a former British colony which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Esper made his call in Paris as police in Hong Kong prevented protesters from blocking access to the airport but fired tear gas for a second night running in the densely populated district of Mong Kok.

Last month Trump suggested China should “humanely” settle the problem in Hong Kong before a trade deal is reached with Washington. Earlier Trump called the protests “riots” that were a matter for China to deal with.

Sunday’s protest was peaceful. Police have responded to violence over 14 weeks with water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas.

Riot police cleared the Central MTR metro station, near Sunday’s march, where activists smashed a long glass panel at a station entrance and other windows and daubed graffiti on the walls outside. Several arrests were made.

Hundreds of others milled about in surrounding streets lined with banks, jewelry shops and top-brand shopping arcades.

MTR stations have been attacked recently because of televised scenes of police beating protesters on a train on Aug. 31 as they cowered on the floor. Protesters are demanding theMTR hands over CCTV footage of the beatings.

“With the U.S. locked in a trade war with China at this point in time, it’s a good opportunity for us to show (the United States) how the pro-China groups are also violating human rights in Hong Kong and allowing police brutality,” said Cherry, 26, who works in the financial industry, as protesters marched towards the nearby U.S. Consulate.

“We want the U.S. administration to help protect human rights in Hong Kong.”

Hong Kong returned to China under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland. Many Hong Kong residents fear Beijing is eroding that autonomy.

‘FOMENTING UNREST’

China denies the accusation of meddling and says Hong Kong is an internal affair. It has denounced the protests, accusing the United States and Britain of fomenting unrest, and warned of the damage to the economy.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announced concessions this week aimed at ending the protests, including formally scrapping a hugely unpopular extradition bill, which ignited the unrest inJune. Many protesters said it was too little, too late.

The bill would have allowed the extradition of people to mainland China to stand trial in courts controlled by theCommunist Party. Hong Kong has an independent judiciary dating back to British rule.

But the demonstrations have long since broadened into calls for democracy.

U.S. legislation addressing China’s actions in Hong Kong will be among the top priorities pushed by Senate Democrats when Congress returns to work after a recess next week, their leader,Senator Chuck Schumer, said on Thursday.

Schumer urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican who sets the floor agenda, to bring up a bipartisan bill that would require an annual justification of the special treatment afforded by Washington to Hong Kong, including special trade and business privileges, under the U.S. Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992.

The legislation, called the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, would also mandate that officials in China andHong Kong who have undermined the city’s autonomy are vulnerable to sanctions.

Protesters, in their petition, urged that it be passed in full.

Trump alternates between praising Chinese President XiJinping as a great leader and casting him as an enemy, while excoriating China for taking advantage of U.S. businesses.

Beijing announced that top officials would head toWashington in early October to hold talks aimed at ending the tit-for-tat trade war, now in its second year, which has roiled markets and hammered global growth.

Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the pro-democracy”Umbrella” movement five years ago, was re-arrested at the airport on Sunday on return from Germany and the United States for breaching bail conditions, he said.

He had been charged with inciting and participating in an unauthorized assembly outside police headquarters on June 21 and released on bail.

“Preliminary legal advice suggested that the court had acknowledged and approved my trips to Germany and the U.S. when it granted bail on Aug. 30,” he said in a statement. “Therefore, it is believed that there are some mistakes have been made on the bail certificate.”

He said he thought he would be freed on Monday.

(Additional reporting by Twinnie Siu, Jessie Pang, Sumeet Chatterjee and Tyrone Siu; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Michael Perry)

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com