US judge strikes down California land law in suit by Trump

  • In this Oct. 26, 2018, file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pauses before speaking during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. A U.S. judge Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, struck down a California law challenged by the Trump administration that aimed to give the state power to override the sale of federal lands. “The court’s ruling is a firm rejection of California’s assertion that, by legislation, it could dictate how and when the federal government sells federal land,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “This was a stunning assertion of constitutional power by California, and it was properly and promptly dismissed by the district judge.” (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge struck down a California law challenged by the Trump administration that aimed to give the state power to override the sale of federal lands.

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