WASHINGTON — Justice Anthony M. Kennedy granted a request from Trump administration lawyers Monday and temporarily blocked a 9th Circuit Court order that would have allowed more refugees to enter the United States from six majority-Muslim nations.

The government had asked for a “temporary administrative stay” to give the justices time to consider the issue.

A 9th Circuit order, due to take effect Tuesday, would have cleared the way for as many as 24,000 refugees who have “a sponsorship-assurance agreement” with a U.S.-based refugee-resettlement agency, the government said.

The administration says that definition is too broad because it covers foreigners who would have “no contact” with anyone in this country until they arrive here.

But President Donald Trump’s legal team gave up — for now — trying to apply the ban to grandparents of people who live here. Last week, the 9th Circuit said that grandparents are close relatives and therefore — according to an earlier Supreme Court order — may not be denied entry under the disputed travel ban.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Oct. 10 on the legality of Trump’s travel ban.

—Tribune Washington Bureau


Public disciplinary trials scheduled for 5 officers in Freddie Gray case

BALTIMORE — Five officers facing internal discipline by the Baltimore Police Department in connection with the arrest and death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in 2015 will have public departmental trials this fall and winter, according to the online trial board schedule and a police union attorney.

Three of them face termination — the most severe punishment now possible locally after city prosecutors failed to secure a single criminal conviction in the case. A federal investigation into Gray’s death remains open.

The administrative trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the driver of the police van in which prosecutors said Gray suffered his fatal neck injuries, is scheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.

Lt. Brian Rice’s trial is Nov. 13-17; Sgt. Alicia White’s is Dec. 5-11; Officer Garrett Miller’s is Dec. 18-19; and Officer Edward Nero’s is Dec. 20-21. The officers will attend their hearings.

The department’s online schedule lists the trials, but not the officers’ names. Michael Davey, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, confirmed the schedule. He otherwise declined to comment.

—The Baltimore Sun


Report: Romney prepping Senate run in Utah if Hatch retires

WASHINGTON — Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney is prepared to run for Senate in Utah if the state’s senior GOP senator Orrin G. Hatch decides to retire, Utah Policy reported Monday.

The report cited unnamed sources close to Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, who said he is preparing a Senate run in case Hatch opts not to run again. Hatch had previously said this term would be his last, but he has since signaled he could run for an eighth time.

Romney currently lives in Utah. In 2012 he became the first member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be a major party’s presidential nominee.

Hatch’s adviser Dave Hansen said Hatch would likely make a decision by the end of the year on running again. Hansen ran Hatch’s 2006 and 2012 Senate campaigns.

—CQ Roll Call


Norway’s center-right coalition claims victory in general election

STOCKHOLM — Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and her center-right coalition claimed victory in the Scandinavian country’s general election on Monday, saying the success was a result of “a team effort.”

“We have received support for four new years since we have delivered on what we pledged,” Solberg said in Oslo, thanking her Conservative Party members and voters.

She also thanked her junior governing coalition partner, the right-wing populist Progress Party, and two small centrist parties that have backed the center-right government.

The four parties were set to get 89 seats, compared to the 96 they had in the outgoing 169-seat legislature.

“A re-election means that you win on your own policies,” Solberg said at a post-election debate with other party leaders.

Her re-election would be the first for a Conservative Party prime minister since 1985, which was hailed as a sign of her popularity among the Norwegian electorate.

The prime minister said she would sit down and discuss with her partner parties the coming government’s policies, adding “we have plenty of time.”



Pope tells Trump to keep DACA in place if he’s a true ‘pro-lifer’

Pope Francis has urged President Trump to reconsider revoking DACA if he considers himself a true “pro-lifer.”

Speaking to reporters as he flew back to Rome after several days in Colombia, Francis said late Sunday that Trump’s decision to end legal protections for people brought to the country illegally as children would split families, “the cradle of life.”

“I have heard the president of the United States speak,” the pope said, according to news accounts. “He presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity.”

Trump said last week he had decided to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. He urged Congress to replace it in that time.

The Obama-era measure provides work permits and other legal documents to 800,000 young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children, and protects them from deportation.

“Removing young people from their family is not a thing that bears good fruit, neither for the young person nor the family,” the pope said.

—Tribune Washington Bureau

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