Appellate Practice

1925 ABA Journal Appellate Practice articles.

Which appeals court is most likely to grant qualified immunity to police?
An analysis of qualified immunity cases in federal appeals courts shows significant disparities in grants of qualified immunity to police officers in excessive force cases.
‘Persnickety dude’ government lawyer points out New York Times typos on Twitter
An anonymous appellate lawyer who describes himself as a “persnickety dude” tweets typos from the New York Times as a hobby.
Supreme Court allows eased voting requirements in Rhode Island and notes state support
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with a consent decree that allowed Rhode Island voters to use mail-in ballots without having to get two witnesses or a notary to verify their signature.
Lawyer who called female judge’s opinion ‘succubustic’ sues over potential ethics charges
A California lawyer contends that he was advocating within permissible bounds when he called a female judge’s opinion “succubustic,” a reference to a female demon that has intercourse with men in their sleep.
Another ‘shadow docket’ decision? SCOTUS once again blocks relaxed election procedures
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed an injunction that would have made it easier to place a measure on the ballot seeking to reform Oregon’s redistricting process.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge won’t stop Mary Trump book; judge rejects Weinstein deal

Judge won’t block publication of Mary Trump’s book

Judge Hal Greenwald of New York ruled Monday night that a confidentiality agreement couldn’t be used to stop publication or promotion of…

Dorsey & Whitney isn’t liable for blog post about lawyer, 2nd Circuit rules
A Dorsey & Whitney blog post about a lawyer's failed class action lawsuit wasn't defamatory, the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday.
Prosecutorial immunity protects 3 defendants in former judge’s retaliation lawsuit, 5th Circuit says
A Texas judge who was wrongfully convicted can only sue one of the four prosecutors she named in a lawsuit, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.
With latest appellate confirmation, Trump has appointed 200 federal judges
With the confirmation Wednesday of Cory Wilson to a federal appeals court, President Donald Trump has appointed 200 federal judges.
Top state court vacates order shutting down defiant barber’s shop during COVID-19 crisis
The Michigan Supreme Court vacated on Friday an appeals court decision ordering the shutdown of a barber shop that remained open despite state stay-at-home orders amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Appeals court tosses convictions in wake of Supreme Court ruling on jury verdicts
The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal has overturned two manslaughter and molestation convictions in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that nonunanimous jury verdicts are unconstitutional.
‘I forgot’ isn’t acceptable excuse for missing oral arguments, 2nd Circuit tells lawyer
A New York lawyer who failed to show up for oral arguments will have to pay his opponent’s attorney fees for the time that he wasted at the courthouse.
ABA rates DC Circuit nominee ‘well qualified’ after finding him ‘not qualified’ for trial bench
U.S. District Judge Justin Walker has a new and higher rating from the ABA as he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for a hearing on his nomination the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Afternoon Briefs: Justice Thomas speaks in SCOTUS teleconference arguments; courts want rule ideas

Few glitches and 1 surprise in SCOTUS teleconference arguments

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked questions during the high court’s first teleconference arguments Monday, something he rarely does.…

SCOTUS will hear arguments by telephone conference in several cases because of COVID-19
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will have oral arguments by telephone conference in May for several cases because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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