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609 ABA Journal 11th Circuit Court articles.

Removal of ‘Holy Spirit’ juror requires new trial for former lawmaker, en banc 11th Circuit rules

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida is entitled to a new trial in an alleged charity scam because a federal judge removed a juror for his "Holy Spirit" remark, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a 7-4 en banc decision.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer accused of laundering cash from undercover agent; Justice Barrett lists home for nearly $900K

Lawyer is charged with laundering cash for undercover agent

Prominent Dallas lawyer Rayshun “Ray” Jackson of the Jackson Law Firm has been charged with laundering money acquired from an undercover…

Former death row inmate thanks God and his lawyers for his release after 30-plus years in prison

A former death row inmate in Florida told reporters Thursday that he thanked God and his legal team for his release from prison.

11th Circuit decision ‘effectively closes the internet’s doors to the blind,’ plaintiff’s lawyers say

Websites are not public accommodations that must be accessible to blind customers unless they create an intangible barrier that excludes disabled people from accessing goods and services in a physical store, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Afternoon Briefs: 5 Jones Day plaintiffs drop claims; no immunity for cop who shocked girl during seizure

Only 1 plaintiff remains in Jones Day pay-bias suit

Five of six former associates suing Jones Day for gender bias have dropped their claims. The move follows a decision…

Advanced border searches of electronic devices don’t require probable cause, 1st Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has upheld government policies that allow basic searches of electronic devices at the border without reasonable suspicion and advanced searches only with reasonable suspicion.

No federal appeals court has more female than male judges; which one is evenly balanced?

Just one federal appeals court has an equal number of active male and female judges.

Afternoon Briefs: These SCOTUS justices skipped the inauguration; student loan deferments extended

3 SCOTUS justices didn’t attend the inaugurations of Biden and Harris

The U.S. Supreme Court’s three oldest justices did not attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday: Stephen G. Breyer, 82;…

Transformation of judiciary is Trump’s ‘most consequential accomplishment,’ says nonprofit founder

President Donald Trump has appointed 54 of the nation’s federal appellate judges during his four years in office, just one judge short of the number appointed by President Barack Obama in his two terms.

Sanctions upheld for lawyer who included an original haiku in filing and cited Bugs Bunny

A federal appeals court has upheld sanctions imposed on a lawyer who filed “lengthy and superfluous filings” in a dispute with his brother, including a brief that was “littered with exclamation points and rants.”

School shooting survivors can’t sue county officials for failing to protect them, 11th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that 15 survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, can’t sue public officials for failing to protect them.

In election cases, Trump-appointed judges rule against Trump and allies, express skepticism

President Donald Trump’s campaign and those who support it have faced dozens of losses and skeptical judges, including some judges appointed by Trump.

Ban on therapy to change sexual orientation in minors violates First Amendment, 11th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court on Friday blocked two ordinances on First Amendment grounds in Florida that ban licensed therapists from providing “conversion therapy” to minors.

SCOTUS allows Alabama to ban curbside voting

Three U.S. Supreme Court justices dissented Wednesday when the high court allowed Alabama’s secretary of state to ban curbside voting.

Federal judge tosses lawsuit alleging 558 ADA suits were racketeering enterprise

A federal judge in Atlanta has said he will sanction a lawyer who filed a RICO suit against two lawyers who filed hundreds of lawsuits against businesses for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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