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4th Circuit Court

382 ABA Journal 4th Circuit Court articles.

Pro se defendant’s grandiose remarks not disqualifying, 4th Circuit says; some trial lawyers are ‘outright narcissists’

A defendant who made grandiose statements while defending himself was of the same ilk of many great trial lawyers who are somewhat full of themselves, a federal appeals court concluded in upholding his conviction.

Divided federal appeals court affirms ruling against former state justice regarding juror’s Twitter use

An en banc federal appeals court split 6-6 Thursday in an appeal by a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who was seeking a hearing on a juror’s Twitter use during his fraud trial.

Citing First Amendment, 4th Circuit reverses conviction for retired Air Force officer’s use of N-word

A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of a white retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who used the N-word while complaining about a Black store employee who asked whether he needed any help.

Gun owners have no unfettered right to carry their weapons in public, en banc appeals court says

The Second Amendment doesn’t protect an unfettered right to openly carry a gun or pistol in public, according to the en banc 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco.

9th Circuit upholds part of federal anti-riot law in case against white supremacists

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco on Thursday revived the prosecution of four white supremacists under a federal anti-riot law, even as it struck down some parts of the law for infringing protected speech.

4th Circuit rules for school that nixed child’s essay on acceptance of transgender people

A federal appeals court has ruled for an elementary school that removed a 10-year-old girl's essay on acceptance of transgender people from an essay collection placed in the classroom and distributed to parents.

Law student using American Sign Language wins 4th Circuit appeal

SCOTUS will review rule banning abortion referrals by clinics receiving federal funds

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a Trump administration rule that barred abortion referrals by programs that receive federal funds.

Police demand for ID required valid investigative stop, 4th Circuit rules in partial win for Black motorist

Police officers who arrested a Black man after he refused to identify himself violated his Fourth Amendment rights. But they have qualified immunity because they relied on a county ordinance that made it a crime to refuse to provide an ID to officers, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Supreme Court orders dismissal of emoluments cases against Trump as moot

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the dismissal of two cases that contended that President Donald Trump was violating the emoluments clauses by accepting payments to his businesses by foreign governments and states.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump campaign eschews conspiracy-minded lawyer; New Jersey law protects judges’ privacy

Trump campaign distances from lawyer Sidney Powell

The Trump campaign has distanced itself from lawyer Sidney Powell after she made unsupported claims that voting machines had been rigged and Republican…

Immigration lawyer who asserted a right to text in courtroom loses appeal of conviction

Updated: An immigration lawyer who refused to stop texting in the courtroom lost her appeal Wednesday before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia.

Justice Barrett’s husband says he will remain at his law firm

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s husband, Jesse Barrett, will remain at his South Bend, Indiana, law firm where he has practiced law for the last two years.

Trump plans to nominate a woman to replace Ginsburg; who are the top contenders?

President Donald Trump told Fox & Friends on Monday that he hopes to name a successor to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this upcoming Friday or Saturday. Ginsburg died this past Friday at age 87 from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.

Afternoon Briefs: Federal courthouse closed because of COVID-19; appeals court blocks abortion-referral ban

COVID-19 cases reportedly lead to federal court shutdown

The federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, was temporarily closed Friday after several security officers from the building reportedly tested positive for…

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