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Weekly Briefs: Fewer than half of Americans approve of SCOTUS; ex-judge denies raping secretary

Attorney General

Treasury must provide Congress with Trump’s tax returns, Justice Department says in legal opinion

Law Firms

McDonald’s investor suit alleges Morgan Lewis rushed probe of then-CEO

Prosecutors

Federal prosecutor alleges retaliation for complaints about discrimination and racist statements

Judiciary

3rd Circuit judicial council rejects bias allegations against two federal appeals judges

Trials & Litigation

‘Making a Murderer’ subject Steven Avery loses appellate bid for new-trial hearing; his lawyer is undeterred

Trials & Litigation

Federal judge bashes Kramer Levin lawyers, even as he denies sanctions for their conduct

First Amendment

11th Circuit rules for Southern Poverty Law Center in defamation suit over hate group designation

Careers

Woman went to law school so she could help fight for her transgender daughter’s rights

Bar Associations

2021 state of the profession report shows how COVID-19 affected older lawyers’ retirement plans

Criminal Justice

Texas lawyer pleads guilty to passing public PACER documents to Mexican drug traffickers

First Amendment

Web designer who offers wedding websites can be compelled to serve same-sex couples, 10th Circuit says

Criminal Justice

US sells one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album to satisfy forfeiture judgment of ‘Pharma Bro’

Attorney General

DOJ won’t defend congressman accused of helping incite US Capitol riot

Criminal Justice

Lawyer’s suit claims raid was retaliation for successful defense; city sees allegations as baseless

Immigration Law

Guatemalan lawyer travels to remote areas, sometimes by foot, to help reunite separated families

Ethics

Judge faces ethics charges for Facebook post defending cop who said accused spa shooter had ‘a really bad day’

Prosecutors

Biden’s initial US attorney picks include historic firsts

Evidence

Public defenders say modified ShotSpotter coordinates were used to implicate client; is it a widespread problem?

Legal Theory

‘Common good originalism’ is neither originalist nor a good way to judge, essay says

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