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Corporate Pro Bono Initiatives Deliver Legal Aid to Those Who Need It Most
Business
Corporate Pro Bono Initiatives Deliver Legal Aid to Those Who Need It Most
2020-10-27 13:13:56
by Sean Trambley

When Gwen Boyd-Willis was released from a Georgia women’s prison after a four-month sentence for fraudulently using an ATM card left in a machine, she faced new barriers to gaining employment and becoming a productive member of society. Candid with... Read More

Chicago 7 Prosecutor: 'They Were Going to Try to Destroy Our Trial. And They Did a Damn Good Job'
Civil Rights
Chicago 7 Prosecutor: 'They Were Going to Try to Destroy Our Trial. And They Did a Damn Good Job'

CHICAGO — Even five decades later, former federal prosecutor Dick Schultz has a pretty good idea of when the legendary Chicago 7 trial started to go off the rails: during the testimony of the very first witness. That day in September 1969, U.S. District Judge Julius Hoffman halted... Read More

Federal Judges Ask Congress for Safety Protections
Courts
Federal Judges Ask Congress for Safety Protections

WASHINGTON — The federal courts want Congress to spend $524 million and pass legislation to bolster safety measures for judges at home and at the courthouse, including legislation to make it a crime for anyone to refuse a request to... Read More

Postal Service Order to Provide States With Details on Changes to Mail Delivery Ahead of Election
Political News
Postal Service Order to Provide States With Details on Changes to Mail Delivery Ahead of Election

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to detail the number of mail-sorting machines and blue collection boxes that it slated for removal and provide other information about its recent changes to delivery in the... Read More

Federal Judge in Idaho Stops State From Implementing Ban on Transgender Athletes
Courts
Federal Judge in Idaho Stops State From Implementing Ban on Transgender Athletes

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge in Idaho has issued a temporary injunction to keep the state from implementing a controversial law banning transgender girls and women from participating in women’s sports while a legal challenge moves forward. The ruling... Read More

Appeals Court Rules That Only Men Can Be Drafted by U.S. Military
Military
Appeals Court Rules That Only Men Can Be Drafted by U.S. Military
2020-08-17 15:59:49
by Tom Ramstack

Only men can be drafted into the U.S. military, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled last week. The ruling was based on a lawsuit filed by the advocacy group National Coalition for Men and two men who alleged... Read More

Court Ruling Denies Insurance For Restaurants Hit by Pandemic
Law
Court Ruling Denies Insurance For Restaurants Hit by Pandemic
2020-08-10 14:35:28
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A District of Columbia judge’s ruling this week is the latest court judgment that absolves insurers from obligations to cover the losses of businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. A group of restaurants sued their insurer after the company... Read More

Appeals Panel Denies Snyder, Dillon Requests for New Hearing on Flint Depositions
In The States
Appeals Panel Denies Snyder, Dillon Requests for New Hearing on Flint Depositions

DETROIT — A federal appellate panel Tuesday upheld its June ruling that former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former state treasurer Andy Dillon could not be shielded from certain depositions in civil litigation related to the Flint water crisis. A... Read More

Judges Tell Congress Internet Video Will Make Courts More Accessible
Courts
Judges Tell Congress Internet Video Will Make Courts More Accessible
2020-06-25 19:43:30
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Judges and lawmakers at a congressional hearing Thursday left little doubt that Internet video and teleconferencing will become permanent parts of court proceedings soon. They described the emergency procedures instituted to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as an... Read More

Appeals Court Allows Trump’s Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation
Immigration
Appeals Court Allows Trump’s Expansion of Fast-Track Deportation

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Washington sided with the way the Trump administration expanded its fast-track deportation process last year to a broader swath of immigrants who enter the country illegally, including those found anywhere in the U.S.... Read More

McConnell Protégé Justin Walker Confirmed to Powerful DC Circuit Court
Judiciary
McConnell Protégé Justin Walker Confirmed to Powerful DC Circuit Court

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 51-42 to confirm Justin Walker, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky for less than one year but a protege of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for a seat... Read More

Venezuelan Embassy Activists Avoid Jail With Plea Bargain
Law
Venezuelan Embassy Activists Avoid Jail With Plea Bargain
2020-06-09 17:55:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A plea bargain with federal prosecutors is allowing four activists to avoid jail time after they occupied the Venezuelan Embassy in April and May. The four were part of a group that stayed in the embassy in Washington,... Read More

Judges Try to Balance Legal Rights and Courtroom Health
Courts
Judges Try to Balance Legal Rights and Courtroom Health

t’s tough getting people to report for jury duty in normal times. It’s even harder during a pandemic. The kidnapping and rape trial of Kenneth Weathersby Jr. opened Feb. 24 in Vallejo, Calif., but three weeks later two jurors refused... Read More

Keeping Jurors 6 Feet Apart Is a Challenge for Courts to Reopen
Courts
Keeping Jurors 6 Feet Apart Is a Challenge for Courts to Reopen

As the world’s courthouses prepare to reopen, many are installing plexiglass “sneeze barriers” and instituting face-mask requirements for litigants and court staff. But one especially vexing problem remains: how to bring back the jury and where to put them. Consider... Read More

A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court
Courts
A Battle Over Billions in Stolen Venezuelan Funds Is Heating Up in Miami Federal Court

MIAMI — The fate of billions of dollars squirreled away in the bank accounts, luxury properties and exotic cars of convicted Venezuelan officials and their business cronies has become entangled in a colossal legal battle in Miami federal court. On... Read More

Federal Courts Seek More Money and Judges in Next COVID-19 Bill
Economy
Federal Courts Seek More Money and Judges in Next COVID-19 Bill

WASHINGTON — The federal courts asked Congress for an additional $36.6 million and more judge positions in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, for safety and to handle the backlog of cases that will be delayed until after it is... Read More

New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary, Federal Judge Rules
2020 Elections
New York Must Hold Democratic Presidential Primary, Federal Judge Rules
2020-05-06 12:50:01
by Dan McCue

Election officials in New York State must hold a Democratic presidential primary election in June, with all qualifying candidates restored to the ballot, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres, who presides in the... Read More

Urban Courts Likely to Be Slow to Reopen During Coronavirus
Law
Urban Courts Likely to Be Slow to Reopen During Coronavirus
2020-05-04 18:52:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON – Guidelines announced last week for reopening U.S. federal courts are likely to leave the nation’s biggest cities as late-comers.  The guidelines from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts depend heavily on conditions of the epidemic in each... Read More

Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
Law
Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
2020-04-07 15:28:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Free speech advocates are expressing concern that criminal proceedings being held by closed circuit video during the coronavirus pandemic threaten to cut off the people’s right to know what’s happening in federal and state courts. A federal judiciary... Read More

Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
In The News
Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
2020-04-03 13:39:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has directed federal courts across the nation to conduct a search for surplus medical supplies after two Florida courts discovered such stockpiles and donated them to local hospitals. Employees in the... Read More

Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting
2020 Elections
Federal Judge Won't Postpone Wisconsin Primary, But Expands Voting
2020-04-03 13:34:35
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday refused to push back the date of Wisconsin's April 7 presidential primary despite concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. U.S. District Judge William Conley's ruling came after listening to arguments Wednesday over whether the primary... Read More

FDA Asks Judge to Delay E-Cigarette Deadline, Citing Virus
Courts
FDA Asks Judge to Delay E-Cigarette Deadline, Citing Virus

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration asked a federal judge to grant a 120-day delay for a deadline for e-cigarette manufacturers to submit applications to keep their products on the market. Citing “the exceptional circumstances presented by the global... Read More

Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
Law
Judges Block Abortion Bans in Three States
2020-03-31 16:08:39
by Dan McCue

Federal judges in three states blocked efforts to shutter abortion providers during the coronavirus outbreak. In Texas, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel held that the Supreme Court has already "spoken clearly" on a woman's right to abortion and therefore Texas... Read More

Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says
Law
Detained Migrant Kids Should Be Released Without Delay, Judge Says

A federal judge called on the U.S. government to speed the release of migrant children in detention centers to suitable adult guardians, saying there are serious questions about whether the facilities are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an order... Read More

Justice Department Proposes Pausing Court Procedures During Emergency
Courts
Justice Department Proposes Pausing Court Procedures During Emergency
2020-03-25 16:21:43
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -The Justice Department is asking Congress to authorize courts to detain criminal suspects indefinitely without trials until the coronavirus subsides. The request would give chief federal judges the power to alter procedures for arrests, investigations and how the cases... Read More

Trump-Appointed Judge Playing Defense on Presidential Powers
Courts
Trump-Appointed Judge Playing Defense on Presidential Powers

WASHINGTON — Democrats saw warning signs long before President Donald Trump nominated Neomi Rao to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. At the time, she was a White House lawyer who zealously defended Trump’s agenda.... Read More

Pa. Supreme Court Denies Gun Advocates’ Challenge to Coronavirus Clampdown
State News
Pa. Supreme Court Denies Gun Advocates’ Challenge to Coronavirus Clampdown

PHILADELPHIA — A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismissed a group of gun rights advocates’ legal challenge to Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide order closing all non-“life-sustaining” businesses, clearing the way for enforcement of the mandate to begin. In an order issued... Read More

US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
Supreme Court
US Supreme Court Postpones Oral Arguments
2020-03-16 16:07:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday postponed oral arguments scheduled for the rest of March, "in keeping with public health precautions recommended in response to COVID-19." In a written statement the court said it "will examine the options... Read More

American Constitution Society Unveils Tool to Track Diversity of the Federal Bench
Courts
American Constitution Society Unveils Tool to Track Diversity of the Federal Bench
2020-03-13 15:15:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The American Constitution Society has launched a new data tracker that will monitor the gender, racial and ethnic diversity of the nation's federal courts. According to the nonpartisan legal think tank, while the overwhelming number of judges who... Read More

Mueller Report Redactions Subject to Federal Judge’s Review
Courts
Mueller Report Redactions Subject to Federal Judge’s Review

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., expressed doubt about Attorney General William Barr’s credibility and said he’ll conduct an “independent review” of the Mueller report to determine whether the Justice Department properly redacted it. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in... Read More

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