Donald Trump's pre-trial motions in the E. Jean Carroll case have continued to be rejected, with motions that would have allowed Trump to introduce rebuttal witness, so-called defamation damages expert Robert Fisher, blocked by New York federal Judge Lewis Kaplan in the defamation case.
Joan Biskupic published an exclusive in CNN titled "How Ginsburg's death and Kavanaugh's maneuvering shaped the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade and abortion rights" which is from her new book, 'NINE BLACK ROBES: Inside the Supreme Court's Drive to the Right and Its Historic Consequences'.
Fox News is currently facing multiple legal challenges, including Dominion Voting System's defamation suit, which it argued for summary judgment, while a former producer has filed a lawsuit in New York alleging violations of the US equal pay law and saying that she was fired from the company after complaining about religious and gender-based harassment.
The Ninth Circuit has ruled that Seattle's Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, which prohibits landlords from inquiring about or taking adverse action based on the criminal history of tenants, is unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds.
The article discusses Joanna Schwartz's new book, Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable, which examines how legal doctrines and other features of the criminal justice system safeguard police from accountability for rights infractions, and this work arrives at a crucial time when efforts focusing on reform have stalled.
The Supreme Court is set to consider cert petitions asking when the "ministerial exception" applies in litigation, including in Faith Bible Chapel International v. Tucker, where it is argued that the question of whether a teacher qualifies as a "minister" and the decision to fire him are matters of internal church doctrine.
The latest edition of Short Circuit, a weekly feature by the Institute for Justice, covers various cases such as a Cambodian refugee's claim against ICE, Massachusetts herring ships challenging regulations on industry-funded monitoring, and a lawsuit against the Fort Bend middle school.
Families of two men who died after incidents concerning Spartanburg County law enforcement gathered outside the county detention facility, calling for accountability and deeper investigations into the facility’s conditions.
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected a claim against J.M. Smucker's vaccine mandate, determining that constitutional rights only apply to entities that exercise sovereign power, such as federal, state, or local governments, and, in some other instances, tribal governments, and Smucker's may be a big company, but it is not a sovereign, therefore, constitutional claims against a private company cannot be raised.
William Bratton, the former police commissioner of New York City and former chief of police in Los Angeles, talks with Reason about controversial policing policies, recent increases in crime, and how qualified immunity, bad training, and weak leadership lead to police brutality and ends up discussing his insistence that legalizing marijuana was a mistake.
The article features a series of recent blog posts from EFF, covering a range of topics including data privacy protections in Argentina, age verification laws, new California legislation to protect people seeking abortion and gender-affirming care from dragnet-style digital surveillance, a New York spyware and stalkerware case, and Mastodon as an alternative to Twitter.
More than 20 South Carolina lawmakers are proposing a bill that states personhood begins at conception, which would amend the state code to state that the term person “includes an unborn child at every stage of development”, meaning women who get abortions could be charged with homicide, and injured fetuses could incur charges of assault or murder.
The EFFector newsletter version 35, issue 3 is out, covering topics such as digital surveillance and a new comic series, with the purpose of keeping readers informed on the latest news in technology, civil liberties, human rights, and law.
The House of Representatives Recording Studio’s rules were broken during the recent multiday battle over the next speaker of the House, allowing media outlets to capture members negotiating, debating, and losing their cool, and C-SPAN has asked for this to continue going forward; in other news, a man, Kary Jarvis, who spent over a year behind bars after two Daytona Beach police officers were injured during a traffic stop and multiple felony charges were brought against him, was later found to have been unlawfully detained, causing prosecutors to drop all charges against him, and he is now suing the police department.
The US Department of Justice has accused the Louisville Metro Police Department and Louisville city government of violating constitutional rights, particularly those of Black people, through a pattern or practice of conduct, and has reached an agreement to negotiate a consent decree with the DOJ.
The EFF has been submitting comments to various government agencies and bodies on topics such as privacy, civil rights, and cybercrime treaties, while also co-sponsoring new California legislation to protect people seeking abortion and gender-affirming care from digital surveillance.
The article includes various news pieces, including an industry report suggesting that firms should stop layoffs and billing rate increases, JP Morgan blaming a former executive over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, Bankman-Fried lawyers suggesting a possible delay, a senator pushing for access to classified documents, feds investigating specialized police forces, and corporations running from their diversity pledges amid white backlash.
Safety is the main concern for judges during the pandemic due to a qualitative difference in the rise of security incidents and behavioral problems, such as armed protests at judges' houses and even the United States Supreme Court, with public mistrust being the possible underlying cause.
Juan Gonzalez, who was accused of assaulting two Newton police officers while they were attempting to arrest him for domestic violence, has been held without bail during his Monday arraignment, but an eyewitness who is also his roommate has provided video evidence disputing the police’s version of events and suggesting the officers used excessive force by outnumbering Gonzalez four to one at the start of the confrontation.
President Joe Biden has appointed Dean Risa Lauren Goluboff of UVA Law to the Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, which documents and disseminates the history of the United States Supreme Court, for an eight-year term.
According to an article by two criminology experts, there were more homicides in the US in 2021 than in the previous 20 years; while the causes of the deadly spike in deaths are complex and not fully understood, the Southern mindset rooted in violence and hatred, along with other factors such as lax gun laws and the potentially significant effect of the incoming "minority majority," is considered to be a major cause.
The best way to prevent future abuses by police officers who cross the line with brutality may be to consistently and publicly punish those who have after the fact, as micromanagement of the rules by Congress probably is not the best way forward and the technocratic temptation that better and more training will solve the problem of police brutality is mistaken as there is no evidence that training can substantially lower police brutality.
The Justice Department filed an amicus brief stating that civil suit immunity does not extend to a president inciting violence and a narrow decision in the Blassingame v. Trump trial will leave the issue of defining absolute immunity for speech in regards to public office for future cases to decide.
The article discusses newly released surveillance video showing multiple correctional officers restraining, punching, kicking, and ultimately kneeling on an inmate who later died in a Shelby County jail in Tennessee.
Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss plan to get to the bottom of Rudy Giuliani’s allegedly defamatory false claims about them, supported by attorneys from Wilkie Farr and nonprofit Protect Democracy, aiming to pierce attorney-client privilege to uncover any dirt on Donald Trump and peddlers of the “Big Lie”.
A US judge has ruled that the National Football League (NFL) must face allegations from Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores of racist bias in its hiring practices for black coaches, which Flores alleges were systemically discriminatory, with the lawsuit seeking to incentivise the league's teams to hire more black coaches and general managers, as well as requiring them to explain hiring and termination decisions in writing.
Attorney Mark NeJame is representing the families of a third grader T’yonna Major and a Spectrum journalist Dylan Lyons at no cost after the two were shot and killed in a spree shooting in Orange County, Florida, with fundraising accounts set up to provide ongoing support for both families.
Attorney General Merrick Garland defended the Department of Justice's mandate to uphold the rule of law, denying Sen. Ted Cruz's claims that the FBI was being impartial in investigations.
The article argues that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), established in the aftermath of 9/11 to protect against terrorist attacks, has become a wasteful and inefficient mishmash of agencies that do not effectively protect US citizens, but rather violate their privacy and basic freedoms, and that it is time to dissolve it.
Reducing long sentences to as much as three years can have a low impact on public safety, according to the Council on Criminal Justice, with researchers finding the extra arrests that occurred when prison stays are shortened unlikely to be for violent crimes or weapons charges, while the report concludes that many older people serving long sentences have “aged out” of violent crime at the tail end of their sentences.
Judge Smith is concerned that the increasing levels of vitriolic language in judicial opinions can harm the public's opinion of the federal judiciary, while other issues such as the Judicial Accountability Act potentially being re-introduced to Congress may cause further damage.
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