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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Rosemary M. Collyer
A former military intelligence officer's court case could redefine just how far the government can go to block information from being published that it deems sensitive to national security.
A federal judge says the D.C. transit system must allow a pro-Israel ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages.
Crystal Washington was fatally shot more than two years ago, but her words still could loom large in an upcoming federal conspiracy trial.
The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against three men accused of multiple murders and running a violent drug gang in Washington, prosecutors said in court Friday.
Federal judges disagree with each other all the time. However, it is rare for a judge to disagree utterly with herself and rarer still to do so within a single case. That's what happened March 16 when Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that senior citizens can be forced to accept Medicare coverage they don't want.
Otherwise free people suffer "direct, tangible harm" when forced into a government medical system. That's the argument in a Feb. 11 brief in a court case with direct ramifications for Obamacare. The plaintiffs protest that citizens must enroll in Medicare to collect Social Security benefits for which they paid a lifetime of taxes. The tangible harm is caused because Medicare hampers their ability to secure - with their own resources - the best health care available.
The Obama administration is trying to shove Medicare coverage down the throats of senior citizens who don't want it, but it's efforts are falling flat. Five plaintiffs are suing, arguing that no statute or regulation allows government to implement this requirement.
The Obama administration insists Americans must accept Medicare, even if they don't want it, in order to receive Social Security payments for which their paychecks have been raided for their entire adult lives. On Nov. 24, D.C. federal district Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ordered government lawyers to produce documentation for their extravagant claims of authority by next week. "She is literally calling their bluff," Kent Masterson Brown, attorney for the plaintiffs, told The Washington Times.
A federal judge on Friday allowed the holder of a movie copyright to subpoena the names of people accused of illegally downloading and distributing a film over the Internet.
Three members of a violent D.C. street gang have been denied in their requests to withdraw their guilty pleas, a ruling that will likely avert another long, costly racketeering trial in the District involving the M Street Crew.
She said she would issue a ruling "as quickly as I can."
"Neither the statute nor the regulation specifies that Plaintiffs must withdraw from Social Security and repay retirement benefits in order to withdraw from Medicare," she wrote in an earlier ruling on the case in September 2009.