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Mike Pence Can’t Bar Syrian Refugees Based On ‘Nightmare Speculation,’ Court Rules

WASHINGTON ― Republican vice presidential nominee and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence won’t be able to follow through on his attempt to discriminate against Syrian refugees, according to a federal appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled unanimously on Monday that the governor has no authority to withhold funding from refugee resettlement […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Rehear A Challenge To Obama’s Executive Actions On Immigration

WASHINGTON ― Back from its summer recess, the Supreme Court on Monday declined a long-shot petition by the Obama administration to reconsider a deadlocked June ruling that left the president’s executive actions on immigration in limbo. One member short following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the court split evenly in that case ― a multi-state challenge […]

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The Republican Party Seems Down On The Constitutional Right To Counsel

WASHINGTON ― On the eve of the vice presidential debate, the Republican National Committee unveiled an attack ad against Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), for his past as a criminal defense attorney. It’s as scary as these ads come ― and reminiscent of other times the GOP has tried similar tactics. “Long […]

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NY attorney general orders Trump Foundation to stop soliciting donations in the state

The charity foundation of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been ordered to cease and desist soliciting New York contributions, based on allegations that it was not properly registered. Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, issued the notice, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. According to theWashington Post, Trump was the sole donor […]

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Alabama chief justice is blocked from office for a second time

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has once again been blocked from his post for ethics violations stemming from his refusal to comply with court rulings on social issues. In a judgment (PDF) on Friday, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore without pay for the rest of his term for telling probate judges to […]

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Pennsylvania supremes allow suit alleging inadequate funding for public defender office

Indigent criminal defendants may sue for alleged inadequate funding in a Pennsylvania public defender’s office, the state supreme court has ruled. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled (PDF) on Wednesday in the suit against Luzerne County, report the Citizens’ Voice, the Associated Pressand the Sixth Amendment Center. The ABA had filed an amicus brief (PDF) in […]

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Florida Supreme Court approves mandatory tech CLE classes for lawyers

The Florida Supreme Court has approved a rule requiring state lawyers to take technology-related CLE courses. On Thursday, the court issued a short opinion (PDF) adopting the bar association’s proposal for mandatory technology CLEs. The rule change will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017, and it will require lawyers admitted to the Florida Bar to […]

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Law banning ballot selfies violates First Amendment, federal appeals court says

A federal appeals court has overturned a law that banned New Hampshire voters from taking and posting selfies of their marked ballots. The Boston-based 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled (PDF) on Wednesday that the law violated the First Amendment. “Ballot selfies have taken on a special communicative value: they both express support for […]

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Supreme Court to begin new term short-handed as its ideological balance hinges on fall vote

The Supreme Court’s new term begins Monday with the focus not on the court’s docket but on the court itself and a future that will be defined by the presidential election. For the first time in decades, there will be only eight justices, not nine, to begin the new term. Also absent are the kind […]

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GOP Admits Obama Judge Count Is More Important Than Fixing Judicial Crises

WASHINGTON ― The record number of judicial emergences in the United States is not the issue that concerns Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). What matters to him, he confirmed this week as Congress left town until after the November elections, is the number of judges the Senate gives to President Barack Obama. Obama has […]

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