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407 ABA Journal 6th Circuit Court articles.

Lawyer is still entitled to disability benefits for depression linked to law practice, 6th Circuit rules

A former Traverse City, Michigan, personal injury lawyer is entitled to continued monthly payments under his disability insurance policy because of evidence that his recurrent depression makes him unable to work as a trial attorney, a federal appeals court has ruled.

How Jones Day’s ‘conservative machine’ helped shape policy in the Trump administration

After the election of former President Donald Trump, many Jones Day lawyers “sailed into his White House, the Justice Department and other parts of his administration,” signaling the influence of the corporate law firm that had built a practice helping Republicans win elections and attain their political goals.

Chalking tires is unconstitutional, federal judge rules, but plaintiffs won’t get traffic-ticket refunds as damages

The practice of chalking tires to track how long cars are parked in the city of Saginaw, Michigan, is an unconstitutional search under the Fourth Amendment, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Weekly Briefs: Embryos can be tax dependents; top state court upholds mail voting

Georgia allows embryos to be claimed as dependents

Embryos with a “detectable human heartbeat” can be claimed as dependents on state income tax returns in Georgia. The Georgia Department of…

Proposed Title IX changes could lead to uptick in suits by students accused of campus sexual misconduct

The Biden administration is proposing changes in regulations governing universities’ handling of sexual misconduct claims that could result in more lawsuits by accused students alleging a lack of due process.

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…

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