5th Circuit Court

593 ABA Journal 5th Circuit Court articles.

5th Circuit judge blasts abortion procedure as ‘barbaric’ in dissent
Judge Don Willett of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans has made clear his distaste for the most common second-trimester abortion procedure in a dissent filed last week.
Would Barrett ax the Affordable Care Act? She has expressed some views; severability is a question mark
Liberal groups are running ads warning that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett will vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act if she is confirmed to the Supreme Court. What are her views on the subject?
Afternoon Briefs: Facebook sued over Kenosha killing; GC says she was fired for failing to soften criticism

Facebook, militia groups and Kyle Rittenhouse sued

The partner of Anthony Huber, a man killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, protests, is among four plaintiffs suing Facebook, militia groups and Kyle Rittenhouse,…

Additions to Trump’s SCOTUS short list include 3 GOP senators, 2 judges rated ‘not qualified’
Three Republican senators are among 20 lawyers added to President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court short list, which was released Wednesday.
Chemerinsky: Will SCOTUS rulings help decide the 2020 presidential election?
There now have been six instances in which the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt with issues concerning COVID-19 and the election process. The court repeatedly has made clear that it does not want the federal courts changing the rules of an election, even when necessary to protect the right to vote in a pandemic.
In opinion by Trump appointee, 5th Circuit upholds firing of DA employee over political differences
A Texas district attorney did not violate the First Amendment when he fired the coordinator of his crime victims unit because of political disagreements, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans has ruled.
Which appeals court is most likely to grant qualified immunity to police?
An analysis of qualified immunity cases in federal appeals courts shows significant disparities in grants of qualified immunity to police officers in excessive force cases.
Afternoon Briefs: FBI lawyer accused of changing email; trial during pandemic surprisingly normal

FBI lawyer accused of altering email in Russia probe

An information filed Friday accuses FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith of changing an email used in 2017 to justify continued surveillance

US brief opposes lawyer who objected to border searches of his cellphone
The federal government is opposing a Texas immigration lawyer’s request for an injunction to prevent warrantless border searches of his electronic devices.
Suspect in killing at federal judge’s home is linked to slaying of California lawyer
The FBI announced Wednesday that it has evidence linking the prime suspect in the killing of a federal judge’s son to the slaying of a rival men’s rights lawyer in California.
Prosecutorial immunity protects 3 defendants in former judge’s retaliation lawsuit, 5th Circuit says
A Texas judge who was wrongfully convicted can only sue one of the four prosecutors she named in a lawsuit, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
DOJ argues entire health care law must be struck down
The U.S. Department of Justice is arguing that the Affordable Care Act must be struck down in its entirety because of Congress’ decision to lower the tax penalty to zero for failure to carry health insurance.
Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion law; Roberts concurrence provides fifth vote
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law in a closely watched case on Monday. A concurrence by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. provided the fifth vote to strike down the Louisiana law, which requires doctors at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
SCOTUS rejects request to allow all Texas voters to use mail-in ballots
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency application to allow all voters in Texas to use mail-in ballots.
With latest appellate confirmation, Trump has appointed 200 federal judges
With the confirmation Wednesday of Cory Wilson to a federal appeals court, President Donald Trump has appointed 200 federal judges.

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