President Obama and his team will petition an order from a federal judge that called for 50,000 immigration records to be turned over and Justice Department lawyers to undergo ethics training. On Tuesday, the Justice Department said it believes the judge who made the order, Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, has surpassed “the scope of a court’s inherent power” by requesting to have the records turned over. Judge Hanen issued the order on May 19, ultimately blocking President Obama’s agenda to address immigration issues within our country. He claimed the government made falsifications in his court during an immigration case in 2015. “The department emphatically disagrees with the sanctions orders and will seek review of this matter in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals,” said DOJ spokesman Patrick Rodenbush in a statement. In the appeal filed on Tuesday, the DOJ said their lawyers “adhere to the high standards of ethical conduct” and the entire department conducts their work “with the utmost seriousness the public trust committed to it.” According to the DOJ, ethics courses could cost nearly $8 million over the span of five years. Judge Hanen has called for a hearing slated to take place on June 7. Read more.
‘The Birth of a Nation’ Movie Poster Goes Viral
The Birth of a Nation has sparked a lot of buzz and is already recognized as one of the most highly anticipated films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The movie poster, which was distributed to theaters on Friday, has now gone viral. The image depicts stars and stripes made up of slaves who participated in the rebellion. Nate Parker, writer, director, and lead actor in the film, took to Twitter to encourage fans to take a photo of the poster: “#TheBirthOfaNation 8ft Floor display arrives to theaters nationwide today. If you see it, snap a pic & share w/ me,” he tweeted along with the photo. “Getting way too much enjoyment out of watching people stop and stare at this Birth of a Nation poster,” posted a Twitter user. “I still haven’t seen the trailer to Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation, but the poster looks dope. Hope the movie is great,” posted another. The Birth of a Nation is centered on Nat Turner, the man who led the slave rebellion in Virginia back in 1831. It’s slated to hit theaters on Oct. 7. Read more.
Actor Michael Jace Convicted of Murder
Actor Michael Jace, best known for his role as a police officer on the television show The Shield, was found guilty of murder on Tuesday in relation to the 2014 fatal shooting of his wife. The Los Angeles jury, which consisted of six men and six women, took two hours to deliberate before coming to a decision. Jace shot his wife, April Jace, at their L.A. home two years ago. According to reports, she was planning on filing for divorce during the time of the shooting. “I don’t know how you can shoot somebody three times and call it an accident,” said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Tannaz Mokayef during closing arguments. Jace’s lawyers claimed he shot his wife because he believed she was having an affair. He was convicted of second-degree murder and will face up to 40 years behind bars. Read more.
‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Star Cynthia Bailey and Husband Peter Thomas are Separated
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey and her husband Peter Thomas are reportedly temporarily calling it quits. On Tuesday, she revealed that she and her husband are separated. “Peter and I are separated. He lives in Charlotte, and I live in Atlanta,” said Bailey during an interview. “I don’t want to rush into anything, so I think this time apart is good for us. And I think the space apart; I think he can appreciate it as well. I think it gives people time to think and process and just move forward in a way that really is healthy for everyone involved.” The couple tied the knot on the third season of the show and it’s been a rocky road for them since. Their relationship has been plagued by infidelity rumors after posts of Thomas and other women circulated around social media. Read more.
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