4th Circuit Court

347 ABA Journal 4th Circuit Court articles.

Quoting Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax,’ 4th Circuit says Forest Service must ‘speak for the trees’

A federal appeals court quoted The Lorax last Thursday when it ruled that the U.S. Forest Service violated federal law by issuing permits for a pipeline to cross the Appalachian…

4th Circuit rejects Posner appeal, says judge saw futility in client’s bid to amend suit

A federal appeals court decided it didn’t need oral arguments to dispense with an appeal filed by former Circuit Judge Richard Posner on behalf of a one-time pro se litigant.

Forensic search of cellphone seized at border requires some form of suspicion, 4th Circuit says

Some form of individualized suspicion is needed before the government can use forensic software to search a cellphone seized at the border, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.


Circuit split on constitutionality of legislator-led prayer may lead to SCOTUS review

The great church-state debate appears to be headed to the high court. At issue is the constitutionality of so-called legislator-led prayer before public meetings. With federal appeals courts divided, the justices may soon consider whether local officials violate the establishment clause when they open meetings with prayers.

Chemerinsky: The most important SCOTUS stories of 2017
The end of the year inevitably brings lists, such as of best movies and books, so I cannot resist looking back at 2017 and identifying the most important stories concerning the U.S. Supreme Court.
Posner perseveres after 4th Circuit rules his ‘advisory counsel’ help isn’t needed

Former Circuit Judge Richard Posner will represent a one-time pro se litigant before the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, even though it denied a bid

4th Circuit allows claim against estate of cop for taking photos of teen’s penis in sexting probe

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit that claims a police officer violated a teen’s Fourth Amendment rights by ordering the youth to masturbate for a penis photograph in…

Posner asks court to let him help ‘determinedly involved’ pro se litigant with beef against 3 judges
Former federal appeals judge Richard Posner is seeking to represent a pro se litigant as “advisory counsel” in an appeal before the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump’s travel ban ‘drips with religious intolerance,’ says en banc appeals court; injunction sticks
Updated: An en banc federal appeals court on Thursday affirmed a nationwide injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban from taking effect. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 10-3 decision (PDF).
Wikipedia publisher may sue over NSA ‘upstream’ surveillance, federal appeals court rules

A federal appeals court has ruled the Wikimedia Foundation has standing to sue over the government’s warrantless, temporary collection of email communications during its searches for targeted international communications flowing…

DOJ lawyer tells 4th Circuit that Trump’s travel order ‘is not a Muslim ban’
Judges on the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had tough questions for the acting solicitor general Monday as the en banc court considered President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.
4th Circuit oral arguments for travel ban will be broadcast on C-SPAN

Following the decision of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to live-broadcast oral arguments for litigation opposing President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the 4th Circuit is following…

ABA files amicus brief seeking to uphold travel ban injunction
The American Bar Association has asked the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to let stand an injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the ABA announced late Wednesday.
Government indicates it will appeal Maryland decision blocking revised travel ban

The Trump administration on Friday filed a notice that it will appeal a Maryland judge’s decision blocking the president’s revised travel ban.

The notice was filed a day after U.S.…

SCOTUS sends transgender school bathroom case back to 4th Circuit
An appeal regarding bathroom rights for a transgender high school student was vacated and remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in light of the new presidential administration's position.

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