4th Circuit Court

354 ABA Journal 4th Circuit Court articles.

En banc 4th Circuit OKs tracking cellphone location without a warrant

Eliminating a circuit split, the en banc 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed its own earlier decision by a three-judge panel and held that a warrant is…

Full appeals court considers Maryland’s assault weapons ban

An en banc federal appeals court on Wednesday considered what standard judges should use to evaluate Maryland’s ban on 45 assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Maryland Assistant Attorney General Matthew…

Transgender teen may sue over school’s restroom restriction, 4th Circuit says

A federal appeals court has reinstated a Title IX claim by a transgender teen who sued over his school’s refusal to allow him to use the boys’ restroom.

In a…

Assault-weapons case gets rehearing by full 4th Circuit

A full federal appeals court will reconsider a three-judge panel decision last month giving a boost to gun-rights advocates.

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted rehearing…

4th Circuit requires strict scrutiny of assault-weapons ban, says it’s not ‘a rubber stamp’

A federal appeals court has ordered a Baltimore judge to apply strict scrutiny when evaluating Maryland’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court…

Did school’s restroom policy violate Title IX? 4th Circuit considers transgender teen’s case

A transgender teen’s discrimination suit over his high school’s restroom policy was argued Wednesday before the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

None of the three appeals judges…

4th Circuit hears oral arguments in public prayer case

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments Wednesday in a case involving prayers led by elected officials at public meetings.

It’s the first time a…

4th Circuit rules use of Taser can be unconstitutionally excessive force

Expressly saying it wished to clarify when police may lawfully use Tasers, the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Taser use may be unconstitutionally excessive…

Federal judge crossed the line with imprudent comments and trial interruptions, 4th Circuit says

A federal judge “crossed the line” with comments and interruptions in a fraud case, but the defendant wasn’t entitled to a new trial, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The…

Once-mighty real estate boutique files for bankruptcy, a year after claimed $30M embezzlement

A real estate boutique whose attorney roster has shrunk to a small fraction of the 150 lawyers it once listed has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Atlanta-based Morris Schneider Wittstadt…

Inmate held in solitary for 20 years may sue, 4th Circuit rules; Kennedy raised issue in June

An inmate placed in solitary confinement for 20 years after participating in a violent prison riot is entitled to sue for a due process violation, a federal appeals court has…

4th Circuit revives $10M ‘Somebody to Love’ suit against Justin Bieber and Usher

Singing a different tune than a trial judge, a federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously voted to revive a $10 million copyright suit brought by two songwriters against Justin Bieber…

Footnote is only portion of 4th Circuit opinion that isn’t sealed

A federal appeals court opinion issued on Monday doesn’t provide much of a clue about the subject matter.

The decision by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

First Amendment protects anti-abortion activist’s satirical use of NAACP name, 4th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People can’t use trademark law to stop an anti-abortion activist from substituting “abortion” for “advancement”…

AG Loretta Lynch announces ‘pattern and practice’ probe of Baltimore police practices

The Department of Justice will conduct a “pattern and practice” investigation of potential civil rights violations in Baltimore, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced at a Friday press conference.

Describing…

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