Judicial appointments and nominations

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) takes part in the presentation of the appointment and dismissal certificate as Federal Minister of Justice to Katarina Barley (SPD) and the new Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Bellevue Castle in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
June 27, 2019 - 5:13 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared unsteady and was seen shaking for the second time in just over a week at a ceremony in Berlin on Thursday. Merkel, 64, folded her arms across her chest while her body trembled for around two minutes as she stood alongside President Frank-Walter...
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Supporters of the former government camp outside the headquarters of the constitutional court in Chisinau, Moldova, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Moldova's police chief on Wednesday dismissed six officers who publicly backed a rival government, reflecting a continuing power struggle that has heightened political tensions in the impoverished ex-Soviet nation.(AP Photo/Roveliu Buga)
June 26, 2019 - 7:28 am
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — All six judges at Moldova's Constitutional Court, whose decisions have fueled a deep political crisis in the ex-Soviet republic, have resigned. The court said in a statement Wednesday that the judges stepped down and "the competent authorities will be notified in order to...
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Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during a town hall community meeting, Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Washington High School in South Bend, Ind. Buttigieg faced criticism from angry black residents at the emotional town hall meeting, a week after a white police officer fatally shot a black man in the city. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
June 24, 2019 - 5:53 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A special prosecutor was requested Monday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in a case that has inflamed tensions between the black community and law enforcement and roiled the Democratic presidential campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, The U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court enters its final week with two issues to decide that could shape the distribution of political power for the next decade: whether to rein in political boundary-drawing for partisan gain and allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The justice also might say whether their election-year calendar will make room for President Donald Trump’s effort to end the Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
June 23, 2019 - 10:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court enters its final week of decisions with two politically charged issues unresolved, whether to rein in political line-drawing for partisan gain and allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Both decisions could affect the distribution of political power for...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. A judge has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors do dismiss all charges against Smollett. On Friday, June 21, 2019, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin suggested Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx mishandled the case by recusing herself and then ordering a top assistant to handle the case. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
June 21, 2019 - 9:45 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge appointed a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in...
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June 19, 2019 - 6:59 am
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's government has appointed a new justice minister, to succeed Katarina Barley who is moving on to serve in the European Parliament. Barley's Social Democratic party, Merkel's junior-coalition partner in government, said Wednesday that Christine Lambrecht would...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Kavanaugh has hired the daughter of Yale Law School professor and “tiger mom” Amy Chua, who praised Kavanaugh as a mentor to women after his Supreme Court nomination. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
June 10, 2019 - 1:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The daughter of Yale Law School professor and "tiger mom" Amy Chua, who praised Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a mentor to women after his nomination to the Supreme Court, is going to work for Kavanaugh this summer. Yale Law graduate Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld will serve as a law clerk to...
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the Paducah Chamber luncheon at Walker Hall, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Paducah, Ky. (Ellen O'Nan/The Paducah Sun via AP)
May 29, 2019 - 6:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says that if a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court during next year's election cycle the chamber would likely confirm a GOP nominee selected by President Donald Trump. In an appearance in Paducah Tuesday, McConnell told a questioner asking...
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May 29, 2019 - 5:05 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnians are protesting outside the country's top judicial body after a secretly recorded video emerged of its head appearing to take bribes through a middleman, himself a police officer. Hundreds gathered Wednesday to demand the resignation of Milan Tegeltija,...
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PEN courage award recipient Anita Hill, left, and PEN literary service award recipient Bob Woodward pose together at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
May 21, 2019 - 11:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The featured speakers at the annual benefit gala for PEN America shared stories about truth and the determination to learn it. Hundreds gathered Tuesday night at the American Museum of Natural History as the literary and human rights organization presented awards to Anita Hill and...
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