Fifth Amendment

26 ABA Journal Fifth Amendment articles.

Federal judge rules Florida can’t require payment of fees before ex-felons can vote
A federal judge ruled Sunday that it is unconstitutional in some circumstances for Florida to require felons who have completed their sentences to pay legal financial obligations before being allowed to vote.
Law firm told to reduce on-site employees sues for alleged ‘disturbing and gross abuse’ of power
A law firm that continued limited operation during the COVID-19 pandemic sued New York’s governor and attorney general this week after receiving a cease-and-desist letter telling it to reduce on-site employees.
SCOTUS refuses to block Pennsylvania order shutting down most businesses
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block enforcement of a Pennsylvania executive order that shuts down businesses if they are not “life-sustaining.”
AG Barr says Justice Department may support lawsuits if states go too far in COVID-19 constraints
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Department of Justice will consider supporting lawsuits when states go too far in restricting commerce and civil liberties in the fight against COVID-19.
Closure orders spark lawsuits from NRA, anti-abortion protesters and others
Across the nation, business owners, the National Rifle Association, would-be churchgoers and anti-abortion protesters are among the plaintiffs suing over state shutdown orders.
Can jails return inmate cash in the form of fee-laden debit cards? 9th Circuit allows suit
A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit by a jailed protester in Oregon who turned over nearly $31 to her jailers and was repaid upon release with a fee-laden debit card.
Lawsuits over coronavirus quarantines are unlikely to succeed, experts say

Lawsuits challenging COVID-19 quarantines and restrictions on public gatherings may be doomed to failure. Experts said the government has broad powers to handle a public health crisis.

Supreme Court bars damages suit for border agent’s cross-border shooting that killed Mexican teen
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the family of a Mexican teen fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent can’t sue for damages over the cross-border shooting.
Afternoon Briefs: Texas university leader leaves without blame for law school scandal; judge sides with immigrants

Texas Southern University president leaves school with no blame for alleged law school misconduct

Texas Southern University is parting ways with its president without any claims of wrongdoing, which is…

3rd Circuit orders release of ex-cop who wouldn’t unlock hard drives, cites cap on civil contempt detention
A federal appeals court has ordered the released of a former Philadelphia police officer who spent more than four years in prison because he didn’t comply with a court order to provide hard drive passwords.
Afternoon Briefs: Political climate motivates would-be lawyers; Avenatti trial begins

Is the ‘Trump Bump’ still a thing?

Politics continue to play a role in law school applicants’ decision-making processes, according to recent surveys from Kaplan Test Prep, but less so…

Federal prison’s new policy moots suit by Prison Legal News over censorship, appeals court rules

A federal prison’s decision to distribute Prison Legal News to inmates and change its policy has mooted the publication’s censorship lawsuit, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The Denver-based 10th…

Sotomayor voices concerns in case stemming from court staffer’s suicide note about pro se appeals
A court staffer’s suicide note and the response by an appeals court in Louisiana led U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to raise due process concerns in a statement Monday regarding cert denial in a prisoner’s case.
Child porn suspect can’t be forced to disclose computer password, state supreme court rules
The Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination protects a child pornography suspect from being forced to reveal his computer password, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled.
Cops aren’t liable for destroying home of innocent people, 10th Circuit rules
The owners of a home that was destroyed by police pursuing a fleeing suspect are not entitled to compensation under the takings clause, a federal appeals court has ruled.

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