Federal Judge Grants Temporary Injunction to Group of Navy SEALs Seeking Religious Exemption from COVID Vaccine

by Jim Hoft

United States District Judge Reed O’Connor granted a temporary injunction to a group of Navy SEALsfrom the Biden COVID vaccine mandate based on their requested religious exemptions.

Judge O’Connor was appointed by George W. Bush in 2007.

The AP reported:

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas today issued a preliminary injunction, stopping the Department of Defense from punishing military service members who have religious objections to the vaccine mandate. First Liberty Institute filed a federal lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction on behalf of dozens of U.S. Navy SEALs and other Naval Special Warfare personnel against the Biden Administration and the Department of Defense for their refusal to grant religious accommodations to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The court’s order can be read here.

“Forcing a service member to choose between their faith and serving their country is abhorrent to the Constitution and America’s values,” said Mike Berry, General Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “Punishing SEALs for simply asking for a religious accommodation is purely vindictive and punitive. We’re pleased that the court has acted to protect our brave warriors before more damage is done to our national security.”

Judge overturns Eatonville Florida election due to ‘illegal’ and Fraudulent votes

by Mike DeForest,

Council member to be ‘ousted’ from seat after opponent challenged election results

EATONVILLE, Fla. – More than 19 months after Tarus Mack was certified the winner of an Eatonville Town Council election, a judge has ordered Mack to be removed from his position due to evidence uncovered by his opponent suggesting votes were illegally cast or procured.

I was very ecstatic,” Marlin Daniels said, who learned this week he had prevailed in his lawsuit challenging the election results. “Immediately I said, ‘Let’s get to work.’ We have to fix things that have been going wrong in this historic town and make things right, not for me, but for the people.”

Days after a judge ruled Daniels was entitled to the Eatonville Town Council seat, Mack filed a motion asking for a new trial.

Neither Mack nor his attorney responded to phone calls and emails from News 6 seeking comment.

“There were both illegal votes as well as fraudulent votes cast in this election. And for those familiar with local politics, that was not a surprise,” said Daniels’s attorney, Christian W. Waugh. “Those votes have now been removed from the tally. And because of that, my client, Marlin Daniels, is now going to be a public servant for the Town of Eatonville.”

In March 2020, Eatonville voters went to the polls to decide whether Mack should retain his seat on the town council.

After the voting results were tallied, it appeared Daniels had defeated the incumbent by a single vote.

But following a recount by the Orange County Canvassing Board, court records show two previously uncounted votes were discovered, giving Mack a 269-to-268 vote victory.

Daniels filed a lawsuit in April 2020 contesting the election. Mack and the Orange County Canvassing Board were named as defendants.

Orange County Circuit Court Judge Kevin Weiss held a non-jury trial earlier this month, where several witnesses were called to testify.

One of them, William Sheketoff, said he had been living in a motel owned by former Eatonville mayor Anthony Grant.

Sheketoff, who was behind on his rent payments and at risk for eviction, claims Grant offered to drive him and another tenant to a polling location on election day and coerced them to vote for Mack, according to an affidavit.

“[Grant] gave both of us ‘sample ballots’ with Tarus Mack and [another candidate] highlighted in yellow stating, ‘This is who I would like you to vote for” and drove us to Town Hall,” said Sheketoff. “I realized that he expected me to vote for Tarus Mack… or I would be evicted.”

About a week after the election, Sheketoff said Grant locked him out of his room at the motel but did not initiate a formal eviction.

Grant declined to comment on the matter. When asked by a News 6 reporter if he denied Sheketoff’s allegations that he interfered in the election, Grant hung up the phone.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s Vindication Proves Just How Important Local Elections Are

by Revolver News

The victory of Kyle Rittenhouse shows that, even in blue-leaning cities in blue-leaning states, there are still enough heroic ordinary Americans whose minds are not corrupted by left-wing poison, capable of delivering a just verdict in an unjust case.

The victory of Kyle Rittenhouse shows that, even in blue-leaning cities in blue-leaning states, there are still enough heroic ordinary Americans whose minds are not corrupted by left-wing poison, capable of delivering a just verdict in an unjust case.

But the Rittenhouse trial also shows the importance of something else.

While power in America is more federally concentrated than ever, local politics remains crucial for preserving the dwindling rights and freedoms of ordinary Americans.

For decades, power in America has concentrated at higher and higher levels. Cities have lost power to states, the states have lost power to Washington, and Congress has lost power to the executive branch. Participation in local politics has crashed; in many cities fewer than one-in-five voters turn out to vote in local elections that aren’t lined up with national ones.

As local political power has declined, so has local news coverage. Local newspapers have vanished across America. Even the New York Times, with its vast staff and massive budget, pays less and less attention to local news in America’s largest city.

But however much Americans’ attention has shifted to the national level, local politics is still crucially importantand the Rittenhouse case proves it.

Consider the central players in the Kenosha legal drama. First, there’s Judge Bruce Schroeder. Schroeder played a key role in bringing this abominable affair to a happy ending. He shut down the prosecution’s efforts to call Kyle’s attackers “victims”, introduce banned evidence, smear Kyle as a racist, and use his Fifth Amendment rights against him.

Why was Judge Schroeder there to prevent a miscarriage of justice? Because, over and over, local voters put him there. Although he was initially appointed to his post nearly forty years ago, Judge Schroeder is an elected official, currently serving his seventh six-year term. Had voters chosen a different judge, with a different, more racially-inflected view of what “justice” is, the trial may have ended very differently.

Judges like Schroeder used to be the norm in America; in fact, Schroeder himself was appointed by a Democrat. But Schroeder is 75. Most of the millennial lawyers now approaching middle age have very different beliefs about what constitutes “justice.” Making sure that judges like Schroeder are appointed and kept in office will require active effort, not passive indifference.

Judge holds DC corrections officials in contempt over treatment of Jan. 6 defendant

By Harper Neidig,

The Department of Corrections violating the civil rights of January 6th defendants.

Judge holds DC corrections officials in contempt over treatment of Jan. 6 defendant

 A federal judge on Wednesday found D.C. corrections officials in contempt over the treatment of a Jan. 6 defendant and referred the matter to the Department of Justice for a civil rights investigation into whether other Capitol riot defendants are facing similar conditions.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said he would not issue contempt sanctions against D.C. Jail Warden Wanda Patten and Quincy Booth, the director of the D.C. Department of Corrections, after a long delay in turning over medical records related to a defendant’s injury that required surgery.

Lamberth had found that the officials did not turn over records that were needed to approve the operation for defendant Christopher Worrell, a Proud Boys member charged with four felonies over the Jan. 6 riot.

“I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abused,” Lamberth, who was appointed by former President Reagan, said at a hearing Wednesday morning, according to The Washington Post. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6th defendant or not, but I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation into whether the D.C. Department of Corrections is violating the civil rights of January 6th defendants … in this and maybe other cases.”

The order is likely to have ripple effects for other Jan. 6 defendants, some of whom are still fighting detention orders after being denied bond.

Worrell, who is also being treated for non-Hodgkins lymphoma and contracted COVID-19 while incarcerated, broke his hand in jail in May and was recommended to have surgery the following month. In August, his lawyers said that corrections officials had done nothing other than provide anti-inflammatory medicine like Tylenol.

Lamberth reportedly said during Wednesday’s hearing that corrections officials’ failure was “more than just inept and bureaucratic jostling of papers.”