4th Circuit Court

357 ABA Journal 4th Circuit Court articles.

Trump’s blocking of Twitter critics violates First Amendment, 2nd Circuit rules
President Donald Trump engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by blocking critics from his Twitter account based on their views, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.
4th Circuit allows trial judge to consider new evidence in challenge to census citizenship question
A federal appeals court is allowing a Maryland federal judge to consider new evidence of an alleged discriminatory motive in the Commerce Department’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
4th Circuit reinstates suit against restaurant that barred boy from eating his own gluten-free meal

A federal appeals court has reinstated a disability lawsuit filed on behalf of a boy who was not allowed to eat his home-prepared, gluten-free meal at a restaurant in Colonial…

4th Circuit rules rescission of DACA was arbitrary and capricious

A second federal appeals court has rejected the federal government’s rescission of a program that defers deportation for immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors.

The 4th U.S. Circuit…

8th and 10th Circuits split over female topless ban

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis has upheld a Springfield, Missouri, ordinance that bans women but not men from exposing their nipples in public.

The appeals…

Solitary confinement conditions violated death-row inmates’ Eighth Amendment rights, 4th Circuit rules

Updated: A federal appeals court has ruled that the conditions of death-row solitary confinement that once existed in Virginia prisons violated the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

SCOTUS denies cert in case on pro se treatment filed by David Boies and Richard Posner

A former pro se litigant had some high-powered help when he asked the U.S. Supreme Court to consider what kind of explanation courts must provide to unrepresented people.

Among those…

Supreme Court to consider life-without-parole sentence for teen DC sniper

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether its decision banning mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles can be used to upend discretionary life-without-parole sentences imposed on…

Newly confirmed 4th Circuit nominee is now the country’s youngest federal judge

A Williams & Connolly litigation partner who was confirmed Tuesday to a seat on a federal appeals court becomes the youngest federal judge in the country.

Allison Jones Rushing was…

Chemerinsky: Do religious symbols on government property infringe on First Amendment?

The Supreme Court has a chance to clarify whether symbols of religion on government property violate the First Amendment. The establishment clause has returned to the court in American Legion v. American Humanist Association, to be argued Feb. 27.

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.

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