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402 ABA Journal 6th Circuit Court articles.

First Amendment doesn’t protect fired police officers who criticized department changes, 6th Circuit rules

The First Amendment does not protect two Tennessee police officers who were fired for objecting to changes in their department, an appeals court has ruled.

Man who created fake police Facebook page can’t recover damages for his arrest, 6th Circuit says

A man who created a fake police department page on Facebook can’t obtain damages against officers who arrested him, searched his home and seized his phone and laptop, a federal appeals court has ruled.

6th Circuit tells judge he can’t reject plea bargains for ‘extraneous policy considerations’

A federal appeals court has issued a writ of mandamus that requires a Detroit federal judge to reconsider his rejection of a plea bargain after telling the parties that he disapproved of deals that require defendants to waive appeals.

Weekly Briefs: Prof gets $400K settlement in pronoun case; panic-attack firing leads to $450K verdict

Prof who refused to use preferred pronouns gets $400K settlement

Shawnee State University in Ohio has agreed to pay philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether $400,000 and to rescind a written warning…

SCOTUS should not restrict counsel’s investigations in death penalty cases, ABA says

In an amicus brief filed Monday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm that counsel representing habeas petitioners should be able to investigate new evidence without first proving that the evidence will provide relief to their clients.

Misconduct finding is vacated against federal judge who refused mental health evaluation

A federal judicial ethics body has vacated a misconduct finding imposed against an Akron, Ohio, federal judge because he refused to submit to a mental health evaluation.

Kentucky clerk who denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples can’t avoid liability for civil rights violations, judge rules

A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that a former Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples cannot duck liability for violating their civil rights. But the court left it up to a jury to decide whether she should pay damages.

Sidney Powell faces ethics charges over election litigation; group seeks discipline against other lawyers

Troubles continue to mount for lawyers involved in challenges to the 2020 presidential election results. Among them is lawyer Sidney Powell in Texas, who is facing ethics charges for allegedly filing frivolous lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions.

8 Supreme Court justices agree Kentucky AG can intervene to defend restrictive abortion law

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only dissenter when the high court ruled Thursday that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron can intervene to defend a restrictive abortion law.

Weekly Briefs: Biden describes 4 potential SCOTUS nominees; US liable for over $230M in church shooting

Biden does ‘deep dive’ on ‘about 4’ potential SCOTUS nominees

President Joe Biden told NBC Nightly News on Thursday that he has done a “deep dive” on “about four” potential…

Weekly Briefs: Appeals courts rule in lawyer restitution cases; tribes agree to opioid settlement

Ex-BigLaw partner must pay $537M in tax fraud scheme

Paul M. Daugerdas, a former Jenkens & Gilchrist partner, lost an appeal in his tax fraud case before the 2nd U.S.…

Suspension upheld for lawyer accused of concealing inventories of shipwreck gold

A lawyer accused of failing to disclose his clients' inventories of shipwreck gold will be suspended for four years in Virginia as a result of a decision by that state’s supreme court.

6th Circuit reinstates workplace vaccine mandate, says OSHA authority isn’t limited to hard hats, goggles

A federal appeals court has reinstated an employer vaccine mandate after it was chosen to hear challenges to the Biden administration's directive.

Ban on bump stocks prevails when 6th Circuit splits on government interpretation

A federal government regulation that bans bump stocks—which are used to accelerate gunfire on semi-automatic weapons—is back in force as a result of a split decision Friday by an en banc federal appeals court.

6th Circuit picked to consider 34 challenges to vaccine mandate; these plaintiffs filed initial suits there

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati was picked in a court lottery Tuesday to hear 34 consolidated challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for larger employers.

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