Ninth Circuit ruling: Why it doesn’t signal end of road for Trump travel ban

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Thursday’s ruling ordered that a temporary restraining order should remain in effect while the courts examine the merits of the challenge. And those merits, even critics point out, may yet be decided very differently.

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Andrea Alzear of Yemen. Photo Credit Jae C. Hong/AP

By Henry Gass

Christian Science Monitor
February 10, 2017

Within minutes, the ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to continue blocking President Trump’s temporary travel ban was being both hailed and excoriated.

The legal language left no doubt. It was a major blow. The court ruled decisively against the White House.

But Mr. Trump was undaunted. “See you in court,” President Trump tweeted within minutes of the ruling. “The security of our nation is at stake!”

The Justice Department has said it is “reviewing its options” in the wake of the ruling. Many expect an appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

To be…

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The Round-Up: this week in human rights legal news

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The big news this week is that the UK government will only accept another 150 unaccompanied refugee children under the Dubs Amendment.

What’s the Dubs Amendment?

Alfred Dubs, who himself came to the UK via Kindertransport, introduced an amendment to the Immigration Act 2016. The amendment, which became Section 67 of the Act, mandated that a number of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe would be allowed to come to the UK. The number was left unspecified, until this week.

Since the law was passed in May, it has brought around 900 children to the UK, many from the camp (the ‘Jungle’) in Calais. Many of these came over when French authorities ransacked the Jungle in October 2016.

(FYI, the Dubs Amendment is not to be confused with the Dublin rules, an EU Regulation governing how asylum claims are handled and shared between EU countries. Amber Rudd…

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Bateman sentenced two years for Fraser logbook theft

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Alex Bateman was sentenced today to two years imprisonment for the theft of Flt Sgt John Fraser’s logbook. Describing his act as a ‘despicable offence’ in which he abused the trust placed on him, Judge John Dodd QC said that it remained a mystery what Bateman did with the logbook which had been loaned to him by the Dambuster’s widow, Doris Fraser.
Speaking afterwards, Fraser’s daughter Shere said: ‘It is difficult to express the emotions I feel today, but one word best describes it – relief. The stolen logbook to anyone else is just a commodity. To us it is a reminder of a loved and cherished man. Due to the greed of a dishonest man, an integral part of my family’s history has been stolen from us.’

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PETERSBURG, Va. U.S. Marshals get their man as convicted sex offender recently released from a Virginia prison failed to show up at a transitional center in Texas on Thursday – @AceNewsServices

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#AceNewsReport – Feb.10: U.S. Marshals have captured a convicted sex offender who was on the lam after being released from a Virginia prison WBTW reported, just after US Marshals said they sought the ‘ Tattoo-Covered Man ‘ just released as a ‘ Sex-Offender ‘ on Thursday CBS reported …

News outlets report authorities say 44-year-old Matthew Ezekiel Stager was released Thursday from the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg.

He was supposed to check into the transitional center that day but never did.

Marshals say it’s possible Stager is in the Hampton Roads area or has recently traveled through the region.

Authorities say Stager has known connection to multiple states and has a history of drug abuse and mental health concerns.

Marshals describe Stager as a white or Hispanic man, about 145 pounds, 5 feet 8 inches tall with blond or strawberry hair. He has tattoos on his face, head and…

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#UK # PublicLaw Value of #ISW Expert Witnesses in Contested Care Proceedings

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The Value of Independent Social Work Expert Witnesses in Contested Care Proceedings ~ Peter Dale, John Gumbleton & Colin Luger, all independent social workers, explain the value that their profession brings when appearing as expert witnesses in care proceedings.

The role of independent social workers in contested care proceedings is under threat from the joint proposal by the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Services Commission to restrict the fees charged by independent social work expert witnesses to the nominal Cafcass cost for children’s guardians of £30 per hour [Consultation paper 19/09, published 20/8/09]. The hourly rates being proposed for independent social workers are less than one-third of those being mooted for some medical consultants, psychiatrists and psychologists. However, the reports of expert witness independent social workers and their role in experts’ meetings have equivalent status and impact as such other experts. It is not unusual for courts to accept expert…

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