Afternoon Briefs: Judge requires COVID-19 vaccine for some probationers; are Breyer hirings a sign?
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Judge requires vaccine as condition of probation
Judge Richard Frye of Franklin County, Ohio, is requiring some criminal defendants to get the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of probation. None of the defendants raised philosophical, medical or religious objections, Frye told the Ohio Capital Journal and WSYX. Gary Daniels, a lobbyist with the American Civil Liberties Union, said the probation condition is “problematic.” (The Ohio Capital Journal, WSYX)
Breyer hires full complement of law clerks, SCOTUS confirms
The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed Friday that Justice Stephen G. Breyer has hired a full complement of law clerks in what Bloomberg calls “a possible signal that he doesn’t have any immediate plans to retire.” A prior story on the clerk hiring by Original Jurisdiction speculated that there is a 70-30 chance that Breyer will remain on the Supreme Court for at least one more term. (Bloomberg via How Appealing, Original Jurisdiction)
Legal industry gains 5,700 jobs
The legal industry gained 5,700 jobs in June, following a gain of 1,600 jobs in May, according to seasonally adjusted and revised numbers released Friday by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The industry had a total of 1,137,900 jobs in June, an increase of 32,400 jobs since June 2020. (Law.com, Reuters, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Court reacts after audio of Britney Spears hearing is posted
Los Angeles County courts in California have shut down a program allowing listeners to hear a remote audio feed of proceedings after a recording of Britney Spears’ June 23 conservatorship hearing began circulating online. The judge had warned that no recordings are allowed. (The Hollywood Reporter via Above the Law, the court announcement)