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Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor resigns over Nazi social media post; judge blocks asylum restriction

Prosecutor resigns over shared Facebook post

A Texas prosecutor resigned Monday after she shared a Facebook post that appeared to compare protesters with Nazis. Assistant District Attorney Kaylynn Williford of…

ABA is ‘deeply concerned’ by China’s new security law, saying it violates agreement with Hong Kong
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said Wednesday the ABA is “deeply concerned” by China’s new national security legislation, which is designed to curb anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.
Do police union contracts inhibit reform?

Few, if any, unions have as much power in bargaining for discipline, internal investigation stipulations and conditions of employment as police do, say labor lawyers interviewed by the ABA Journal. And although complaints about police union contracts are not new, the criticisms have amplified since May, following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Chemerinsky: Gorsuch wrote his ‘most important opinion’ in SCOTUS ruling protecting LGBTQ workers

There are many important implications to the U.S. Supreme Court’s stunning decision June 15. “It certainly is the most important opinion” written by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch since coming on to the court three years ago, writes law dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

Afternoon Briefs: PACER gets a redesign; SCOTUS turns down border wall case

PACER is redesigned to be easier to use

PACER, the federal judiciary’s website for electronic court filings, has gotten a redesign. The site has new navigational tools, simplified instructions…

Trump can’t transfer military funds to build border wall, 9th Circuit rules
A federal appeals court in a pair of rulings held Friday that the Trump administration’s diversion of military money to build a wall between the United States and Mexico was illegal.
SCOTUS upholds limits on habeas review for some asylum-seekers
The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld restrictions on habeas review as applied to an asylum-seeker who was subject to a quick deportation process.
Justices have a lot to say, but all is quiet in the Supreme Court

In a normal June, the U.S. Supreme Court issues the last of the term’s opinions, many of which are in its most contentious and divided cases. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once referred to people coming to the courtroom to “watch the show.” But the show has not gone on during the time of quarantine.

Afternoon Briefs: Another law firm cuts pay; officer fired in shooting death of Breonna Taylor

Another law firm cuts pay for lawyers and staffers

Holland & Hart is reducing profit distributions to equity partners and cutting pay for salaried lawyers by 15%. Staff members who…

Privatized services and onerous fees hurt public confidence in the justice system, ABA report says
About 10 million Americans owe more than $50 billion in debt related to their involvement in the criminal justice system, according to a report released Wednesday by the ABA Working Group on Building Public Trust in the American Justice System.
What does police abolition look like?

Alex S. Vitale explains the troubling origins of modern policing, why commonly suggested reforms like training and increased diversity have not been successful, and much more.

5 years after landmark gay marriage ruling by SCOTUS, lawyer in the case says it’s ‘gone swimmingly well’

“For the most part, states and employers are doing the right thing,” says Mary Bonauto, who argued Obergefell v. Hodges before the U.S. Supreme Court. But she says there are still some attempts to “shrink marriage.”

Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor says Trump ally got break; lawyers’ extortion plea

Prosecutor to testify that Trump ally was treated better

A prosecutor who resigned in the Roger Stone case plans to tell Congress on Wednesday that his supervisors told him that…

Prosecutor vows to file whistleblower complaint against public defender for bias blog posts
A California district attorney has vowed to file a whistleblower complaint against a public defender who criticized prosecutors’ role in perpetuating racial bias.
Afternoon Briefs: Oklahoma top court won’t block Trump rally; cop union loses bid to destroy records

Oklahoma’s top court refuses to block Trump rally

The Oklahoma Supreme Court refused to block a campaign rally Friday for President Donald Trump that is scheduled for Saturday in Tulsa,…

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