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1347 ABA Journal 9th Circuit Court articles.

9th Circuit judge writes opinions for and against constitutionality of pandemic gun-store closings

A federal appeals judge took two positions on pandemic gun-store closings Thursday with the aim of making a point about his court’s “exceptionally malleable” approach to the Second Amendment.

Supreme Court will hear case of praying football coach

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the case of a high school football coach who lost his job after defying the school district’s orders to stop praying with students at the 50-yard line after games.

Top 10 news stories from 2021

Every year, we like to take a look back at the news events and stories that most resonated with our online readers. This year, the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol takes the top two slots, along with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' citation style, Judge Judy's career, COVID-19 vaccine litigation and law school rankings.

Weekly Briefs: Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charge; Goodwin pushes back return-to-office date

Derek Chauvin pleads guilty to federal civil rights charge

Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge of violating the civil rights of George Floyd,…

En banc 9th Circuit upholds California’s ban on high-capacity gun magazines

California’s ban on high-capacity gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Supreme Court will decide whether innkeeper can sue border agent for First Amendment damages

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether the owner of a bed and breakfast establishment called the Smugglers Inn can sue a border patrol agent for damages under the First and Fourth Amendments.

9th Circuit tosses Massage Envy settlement, says judge must consider warning signs of lawyer collusion

A federal appeals court has tossed a $10 million voucher settlement and $2.6 million in attorney fees in class action litigation over increased membership fees charged by Massage Envy franchises.

In 2 summary reversals, Supreme Court rules for officers who kneed and shot suspects

In two summary reversals Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for police officers who kneed a suspect with a knife and fatally shot another man wielding a hammer.

California’s ban on private prisons unconstitutionally interferes with immigration enforcement, 9th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that a ban on private prisons in California unconstitutionally restricts the federal government’s authority to operate private detention facilities in the state.

9th Circuit tosses judge’s order requiring LA to house homeless people in Skid Row

A federal appeals court has vacated a federal judge’s injunction requiring the county and city of Los Angeles to provide shelter to homeless people living in Skid Row, an area encompassing more than 50 blocks in the city’s downtown area.

Weekly Briefs: DOJ opposes Purdue Pharma bankruptcy deal; California bill bans ‘stealthing’

DOJ seeks to stop Purdue Pharma bankruptcy plan

The U.S. trustee for the Justice Department has filed a motion to halt a judge’s approval of a controversial bankruptcy plan for…

9th Circuit nominee is grilled over statement calling Kavanaugh ‘intellectually and morally bankrupt’

A nominee to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that a letter that she signed calling then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh “intellectually and morally bankrupt” contained “overheated rhetoric.”

9th Circuit orders lower court to review decision over accessibility at baseball stadium

A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled in favor of plaintiffs who alleged that spectators using wheelchairs at T-Mobile Park, the home of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team, had inadequate sightlines under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dissenting judge says 9th Circuit took habeas dysfunction to new level with ‘hypothetical dicta’

A federal circuit judge’s acidic dissent last week used cookies and lemonade analogies to make a point about a binding dicta rule and its potentials for misuse.

Afternoon Briefs: 2 appeals nominees in latest judicial picks; axed dean will remain as law prof

Biden announces new round of judicial picks

President Joe Biden’s fifth round of judicial picks includes nominees to two federal appeals courts. Virginia Solicitor General Toby Heytens is nominated to…

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