Colombian drug trafficker sentenced to 25 years in prison

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A man identified as a major Colombian drug trafficker was sentenced to 25 years in prison in federal court in Washington, D.C.

U.S. judge refuses to end force-feeding of Gitmo detainees

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge in Washington Monday refused a request from a detainee at Guantanamo Bay to end his force-feeding.

Draft CIA Bay of Pigs report stays secret

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. judge has refused to release a draft conclusion by a CIA historian that blames the Kennedy administration for the Bay of Pigs fiasco.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide where Jewish boy was born

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a foreign policy case brought on behalf of a Jerusalem-born American boy who wants his U.S. official documents to indicate "Israel" as his place of birth, will almost certainly ignore two elephant-in-the-room issues.
HARRIET ROBBINS OST, United Press International
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D.C. judge upholds healthcare law

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Another federal judge, this one in the District of Columbia, has rendered a positive ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama's healthcare reform law.

Healthcare suit judges hold industry stock

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Three U.S. judges hearing court challenges to the Obama administration's healthcare overhaul own healthcare-industry stocks, a government watchdog group says.
Pentagon held in contempt in Gitmo case

Pentagon held in contempt in Gitmo case

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A federal judge held the U.S. Defense Department in contempt for not taping a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison detainee's testimony as ordered.

Oklahoma tribe loses Interior Dept. suit

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- A legal effort by an Oklahoma tribe to change a U.S. formula for aid distribution has failed, observers say.

Judge orders release of Gitmo detainee

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- A federal judge ordered a Yemeni detainee released from the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military prison, ruling the government used iffy witnesses to make its case.

U.S. judge nixes terror deportation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A Tunisian terror suspect being held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, cannot be sent home, a U.S. federal judge ruled.

Judge removes hold on 'madam's' records

WASHINGTON, July 6 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Washington has given so-called D.C. madam Deborah Palfrey permission to release the names and phone numbers of her elite clientele.

D.C. madam's phone records still sealed

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The lawyer for the accused "D.C. madam" said a ban on making her phone records public is unfair.

Tobacco makers shut Web sites

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The No. 2 and No. 3 U.S. tobacco companies have taken down their Web sites following a Washington ruling on deceptive marketing of "light" cigarettes.

Philip Morris to appeal RICO conviction

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Philip Morris USA said Friday it would appeal its conviction in U.S. District Court on racketeering charges.

Cigarette makers lose racketeering case

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. cigarette makers were convicted Thursday in federal court of conspiring to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking.
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Gladys Kessler (1938-) is an American jurist who sits on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. She was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton, and confirmed in July 1994.

After receiving her B.A. from Cornell University and LL.B. from Harvard Law School, she was hired by the National Labor Relations Board. She worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Harrison A. Williams (D–NJ), later convicted in the Abscam scandal, and subsequently for U.S. Congressman Jonathan B. Bingham (D–NY). Kessler worked for the New York City Board of Education, and then opened a public interest law firm. In June 1977, she was appointed Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and from 1981 to 1985 served as Presiding Judge of the Family Division. She was President of the National Association of Women Judges from 1983 to 1984, and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association Conference of Federal Trial Judges and the U.S. Judicial Conference's Committee on Court Administration and Management.

Kessler is the first judge to consider an appeal that the Executive branch is violating the new Detainee Treatment Act. In 2006, she heard the case of Mohammad Bawazir, a prisoner at Camp Delta. The George W. Bush Administration argued that the Detainee Treatment Act, lesiglation spearheaded by John McCain banning cruel or inhuman treatment, did not apply to Bawazir and other captives in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

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