6th Circuit Court

361 ABA Journal 6th Circuit Court articles.

Lawyer’s 10-minute absence during trial didn’t merit habeas relief, SCOTUS says

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned an appeals court decision granting habeas relief to a felony murder defendant because his lawyer was absent for 10 minutes during trial testimony.

In…

After boy’s death from allergic reaction to cookie, family sues; says store violated labeling laws

The family of an 11-year-old who died after eating a chocolate chip cookie that may have contained nuts has sued the supermarket chain that sold it.

Filed in federal court…

Feds cite ISIS in effort to get stiff sentence for civil rights worker with law degree

Federal prosecutors are seeking a stiff sentence for a Palestinian law graduate in her late sixties who left out information about a 1970 bombing-related conviction in Israel when she applied…

For a second time, one-day sentence in child-porn case is overturned

A federal appeals court has once again reversed a one-day sentence for possession of child pornography, but this time the resentencing will be handled by a different judge.

The Cincinnati-based…

Judge polls jurors and issues 5-year sentence in child porn case; 6th Circuit dissent cited

A federal judge in Cleveland asked jurors for their opinions before he sentenced a child porn defendant to only five years in prison on Tuesday, rejecting the prosecutor’s recommendation for…

6th Circuit upholds $3.5M judgment against former assistant AG for stalking gay college student

An appellate court upheld a $3.5 million verdict, as well as sanctions, against a former assistant attorney general in Michigan who became notorious for using social media to attack the…

Cellphone spat at federal courthouse leads to 2-year prison term

A courthouse cellphone spat prior to a bankruptcy meeting led to a federal prison sentence of more than two years last week for a Michigan man who was growing marijuana…

SCOTUS, 6th Circuit agree judge was immune from suit over affair with party in case

The nation’s top court has declined to review a federal appeals court decision that a Detroit judge was immune from suit even though he had an affair with a woman…

Supreme Court agrees to hear same-sex marriage cases

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether states can prohibit same-sex marriage without violating the constitutional rights of gays and lesbians.

The court granted review of same-sex marriage…

Gun ban for committed people violated Second Amendment rights of Michigan man, 6th Circuit rules

A federal ban on gun ownership for people who were committed to mental institutions is unconstitutional as applied to a Michigan man, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The…

DOJ report says Cleveland police have pattern of using unreasonable force

In a report (PDF) released Thursday, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice said police in Cleveland have a pattern of using unreasonable force, sometimes endorsed…

Will Supreme Court be swayed by a gay-marriage ‘tipping point’?

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to hear a challenge to bans on gay marriage, some are pointing to a number.

No more than 15 states will have gay-marriage…

Supreme Court temporarily blocks same-sex marriage in Kansas

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has temporarily blocked same-sex marriages in Kansas in response to a stay application that cites a newly developed circuit split.

Sotomayor, who handles emergency…

Ex-bookkeeper convicted of $93.5K law firm theft may get more time for probation violation

Federally convicted in 2009, a former bookkeeper for a Catlettsburg, Kentucky, law firm, served time for stealing $93,477 from her ex-employer, Pruitt & Thorner.

Now Ronda Nixon may be headed…

Law grad convicted of concealing Israel bombings conviction to get US citizenship

A 67-year-old law graduate and community activist has been found guilty of failing to reveal on U.S. immigration paperwork a 1970 bombings-related military conviction in Israel regarding a fatal supermarket…

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