Executive Branch

Precedents

August 5, 1981: Reagan fires air traffic controllers

International Law

US seeks to question Minnesota dentist in shooting of Cecil the lion

Animal Law

9th Circuit rejects widow’s suit over fatal mountain goat attack in national park

Legislation & Lobbying

Five years after ‘Rosa’s Law’ eliminated ‘R-word’ from federal lexicon, movement continues to grow

Contracts

Informant sues feds, says they didn’t tell him when agent for whom he worked was fired

White-Collar Crime

7th Circuit nixes 5 counts in conviction of ex-Illinois Gov. Blagojevich, calls for new sentence

Criminal Justice

Obama allies with Koch brothers on criminal justice reform; his prison visit is presidential first

Trials & Litigation

Lawyer sues Alabama governor for return of Confederate flags to Capitol memorial

Judiciary

Judicial Conference declares ‘judicial emergency’ in Idaho, which has only 1 federal judge on bench

Terrorism

After critical Sidley report, leaders leave psychologists group that backed harsh interrogations

Criminal Justice

Declaring US to be ‘a nation of second chances,’ Obama commutes sentences of 46 drug offenders

Criminal Justice

Background-check flaw let Charleston church-massacre suspect buy a gun, FBI chief says

Cybersecurity

Massive hack attack on feds compromised background-check info for 21.5M people

Death Penalty

Free from prison, former Illinois governor creates group to fight death penalty

Constitutional Law

Did Maine governor flub pocket veto? Misstep will allow 19 bills to become law, Democrats say

Constitutional Law

Federal judge threatens to hold immigration lawyer in contempt for leaking confidential document

Labor & Employment

5th Circuit: Feds must pay $500K in attorney fees to defendant company for bad faith in FLSA case

Careers

Eric Holder returns to ‘last stop’ job at Covington, offers thoughts on Snowden and US Supreme Court

Features

Clemency Project 2014 is out to help prisoners doing excessive time due to inflexible sentencing

Terrorism

Obama: New policy lets US talk with hostage-takers; families won’t be prosecuted for paying ransom