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Court blocks Trump’s census count order

A special three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has blocked President Donald Trump’s order to exclude from the census count immigrants who are in the country illegally. The panel said Trump exceeded his authority when he issued the order. (The New York Times, the Washington Post, American Civil Liberties Union press release, the court’s order)

Lawyer wanted for rape dies by suicide as cops approach

A lawyer who was on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s most-wanted list shot and killed himself Thursday when confronted by law enforcement. The lawyer, David Whelan of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was accused of raping his daughter’s babysitter and coercing clients to have sex. Officers found Whelan on a boat in Mobile, Alabama. (Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweet,, the Daily News Journal)

Dentons trims salary cuts, offers retirement program

Dentons is cutting in half salary reductions of up to 20% for lawyers and staff members. Cuts to partner draws that started at 20% will also be reduced by half. The firm is also offering a voluntary retirement program for business services staff and paralegals. (, Above the Law)

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