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Here's the latest status report in the Ms. L case (family separation class action): As of 9/10, the govt had reunited 8 more kids with parents and discharged 24 kids (to sponsors, for instance) assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4878…
This week's report (left pic) organizes the numbers differently from last week's (right pic). The govt has characterized a large number of parents, in the US and outside of the US, as no longer part of the covered class, b/c the ACLU has confirmed they don't wish to be reunified
So basically, per this latest chart from the govt, there are 211 kids in ORR care who the govt is working to reunify with a parent or discharge to a sponsor, or
who the govt and the ACLU are still trying to figure out if they're eligible for reunification
Today the ACLU also filed a brief challenging the govt's decision to deny reunification for two parents and their kids because of a criminal record, arguing it's not the kind of criminal history that merits keeping them apart: assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4878…
And here's the govt's response: assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4878…
Following up on this thread from last night, here's the latest in the Ms. L case (family separations class action): At a status hearing this afternoon, the judge said the proposed settlement about how to deal with asylum claims (see: buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfo…) appears "excellent"
Pending final approval by the court (a class needs to be certified, and class members covered by the settlement will get an opportunity to object), the judge gave the parties the green light to start taking steps to put the provisions of the agreement into action
Judge Dana Sabraw also said he was encouraged by the progress that the govt and lawyers for separated families were making in contacting parents (esp. parents out of the country) and figuring out which kids still in custody are eligible for reunification (see above for #s)
Sabraw praised the HHS official overseeing reunification efforts, Jonathan White. Thinking back to when these court hearings first started in July, the tone has definitely changed, although DOJ and ACLU did spar today over denial of reunification for parents w/ a criminal history
See above for links to the filings on the issue of whether DOJ is properly excluding from reunification parents with certain criminal histories — this briefing deals with two parents, but ACLU lawyer indicated more challenges might be coming. Judge said he'd issue a ruling soon

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Oct 1, 2018
A deep dive: How #SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh's partisan jabs last week raise ethics questions that could follow him to the Supreme Court (or back to the DC Circuit, if his nomination fails) buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
Kavanaugh attacked Senate Dems, the Clintons, and "left-wing" groups, raising Qs going forward about whether and when he'll face recusal requests — a number of groups suing the Trump admin have opposed him (ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, etc.) buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
We're aware of at least two ethics complaints against Kavanaugh, one about his response to the sexual assault allegations. Chief Judge Merrick Garland would typically handle those — we're waiting to see if Garland asks to have them sent to another circuit buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
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Sep 27, 2018
Today's hearing for #SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford is set to start at 10am. You can watch live here: judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/nomin…
Senators will get five minutes to question each witness, which they can cede to staff counsel. From the committee on logistics:
Make sure to follow @pdmcleod, who is in the hearing room this morning. And check in here: buzzfeednews.com/article/buzzfe… for updates
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Sep 25, 2018
Remember when the owners of a DC wine bar sued Trump's DC hotel, claiming it had an unfair and unlawful advantage in the market once Trump became president? buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil… A judge is hearing arguments soon on Trump's motion to dismiss the case. Stay tuned.
Arguments just finished on Trump and his hotel's motions to dismiss an unfair competition lawsuit filed by the owners of a DC wine bar. The main argument was that Trump should be immune against private lawsuits like this that are related to his duties as president
Lawyer for the plaintiffs (Cork Wine Bar) argued that this isn't about Trump's official actions — it's just about the unfair advantage his hotel got by virtue of him *becoming* president, which is separate from litigation over what he *does* as president
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Sep 18, 2018
A brief digression from all the Kavanaugh news to talk about a report released today by the DOJ inspector general's office about how the Bureau of Prisons manages female inmates. Here's the report: oig.justice.gov/reports/2018/e…
The conclusion: "Overall, we concluded that BOP has not been strategic in its management of female inmates." BOP only recently took steps to review its own progress following a manual for how to manage female inmates, and didn't require special training for national exec staff
Getting into the details, the report focused on issues with trauma treatment (long wait lists at some prisons), underuse of programs for pregnant inmates, and lack of clear policies re: how prisons should handle the distribution of feminine hygiene products
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Sep 17, 2018
Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements on 12/1/17: buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil… He agreed to delay sentencing while he cooperated with Mueller's office. More than nine months later-->
Earlier in the summer, there were signs we were getting closer to sentencing in Flynn's case. In early July, the lawyers said they weren't ready yet, but asked if the court could start the process of getting a presentence report ready
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Sep 14, 2018
BREAKING: Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is expected to enter a guilty plea. Special counsel Mueller's office just filed a new criminal information, a type of charging document that usually means there's a plea deal buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
NEW: The court just changed Manafort's upcoming 11 a.m. hearing from a "pretrial conference" to an "arraignment and plea agreement hearing." Story: buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
Waiting in the hall to go in for Manafort's 11 a.m. plea agreement hearing, and a whole crew from Mueller's office just showed up: Weissmann, Andres, Rhee, Prelogar, Dreeben, Jed, Van Grack, and EDVA AUSA Asonye. Check back for updates, story here: buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetil…
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