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Catching up with the ongoing trials of Occupy Boston activists

At a hearing in Boston Municipal Court last month, attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild received nine DVDs from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Cops, tents, and videotape
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 14, 2012

Emanuel Booted Off Chicago Ballot

An appellate court in Illinois issued a surprise ruling today booting former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for Chicago mayor,...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 24, 2011

Kilmartin Retains Key AG Staff

Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin has announced that he is hanging on to some key staffers from the Patrick Lynch era - Deputy Attorney General Gerald...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 18, 2010

Crossing the Line?

From the Associated Press - a warning from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse that Republicans may be crossing the line in their opposition to Rhode Islander Jack...
By David Scharfenberg  |  September 24, 2010

McConnell Approved by Senate Panel

This just in: the Senate Judiciary Committee has just recommended approval of Rhode Island lawyer Jack McConnell's nomination to the U.S. District Court in Rhode...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 17, 2010

In the WSJ: Rhode Island's Ruinous Narrative Lives

The governor has affixed his signature to a law that will drop the highest marginal tax rate from 9.9 percent to 5.99 percent in what officials...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 09, 2010

Reed's New Role: Kagan Defender

President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court has quickly become a political football in the run-up to a crucial fall election. Senate candidates from...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 12, 2010

On Kagan

With President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan for Supreme Court, the Phoenix takes a less-than-flattering look at her record. An excerpt: Long before Supreme Court...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 10, 2010

Whitehouse Rules Out Supreme Court

Though never on the short list for a Supreme Court nomination, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse saw his name bandied about quite a bit on Capitol Hill...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 13, 2010

Politics of Supreme Court Nominations

In 2006, then-Senator Lincoln Chafee was the only Republican in the chamber to vote against President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, Samuel Alito.Chafee's vote contributed to...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 09, 2010

Whitehouse on the Citizens United Case

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has a piece in Politico today blasting the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case. That decision opened the door for unlimited...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 10, 2010

Washington Post: Whitehouse Disappoints

The Washington Post's political blog, The Fix, which named Senator Sheldon Whitehouse one to watch headed into the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 16, 2009

National Review on Whitehouse, Sotomayor

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse soaks up some ink and electrons today for his sharp attack on Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. yesterday during...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 14, 2009

Whitehouse Opening Statement on Sotomayor

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's opening remarks today at confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor underscore the partisanship that is, predictably, defining the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 13, 2009

Whitehouse Defends Sotomayor

On the eve of confirmation hearings, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is defending Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor from Republican attacks. From his remarks on...
By David Scharfenberg  |  July 09, 2009

Key House Committee Approves Suttell

A key House committee has voted unanimously to approve the nomination of state Supreme Court Justice...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 22, 2009

Carcieri Nominates Rodgers for Superior Court Post

Governor Carcieri has nominated lawyer Kristen E. Rodgers to fill the Superior Court judgeship being...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 17, 2009

Carcieri Names Suttell Chief Justice

Governor Donald L. Carcieri, expected in some corners to name Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna ...
By David Scharfenberg  |  May 28, 2009