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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas, the Supreme Court has announced. NPR reports that she dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera this message: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
Afternoon Briefs: Self-driving car crash leads to charge; ABA center will monitor trial of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero

Backup driver for self-driving car is charged after crash death

A backup driver for an Uber self-driving test vehicle has been charged with negligent homicide for a March 2018 crash…

AG Barr defends authority to overrule career prosecutors, says BLM uses deaths as ‘props’
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a speech Wednesday he has the responsibility to overrule career prosecutors, part of the “permanent bureaucracy,” when they lose perspective.
Lawyers, nurse raise concerns about hysterectomies performed at ICE detention center
Immigrants at a privately operated detention center in Georgia and a whistleblower nurse have provided accounts of “jarring medical neglect” and questionable hysterectomies performed on detainees, according to a complaint filed Monday with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
No bathroom break allowed? Suit says rules for remote bar exam discriminate against disabled grads
A lawsuit by law graduates who have disabilities says they will be forced to take the California bar exam in person because of a failure to provide accommodations for a remote test.
Afternoon Briefs: Police reform part of Breonna Taylor settlement; state chief justice dies

Louisville will pay $12M to family of Breonna Taylor

The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit by the family of Breonna…

Afternoon Briefs: Trump’s census count order blocked; lawyer dies by suicide as cops close in

Court blocks Trump’s census count order

A special three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has blocked President Donald Trump’s order to exclude…

Afternoon Briefs: COVID-19 outbreak in attorney’s office leads to court suspension; prosecutor killed while cycling

COVID-19 outbreak in Jefferson County attorney’s office leads to court suspension

Three criminal court dockets in the Jefferson County Circuit Court in Louisville, Kentucky, will be suspended through Sept. 30…

Unusual nuisance law cited in suit for Tulsa massacre reparations; one plaintiff is 105
A lawsuit filed in Oklahoma this week seeks damages for a continuing nuisance stemming from the 1921 Tulsa massacre in an affluent neighborhood known as the Black Wall Street.
‘Talk less, smile more’: The Hamilton-Burr conundrum law students face today

Law students, like Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, are facing questions of whether to stay silent or speak up about societal issues such as social justice in this country, their interests and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

1st Circuit lifts ban on immigration arrests at state courthouses in Massachusetts
A federal appeals court on Tuesday vacated a federal judge’s preliminary injunction that blocked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making civil arrests of people in the country illegally at state courthouses in Massachusetts.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge punched by man on bike; 2nd Circuit delays subpoena for Trump tax records

Judge is punched by passing bicyclist

Judge Phyllis Chu of the New York City Criminal Court was punched in the jaw by a man who rode past her on…

Former inmate’s suit says appointed lawyer was ineffective and unlicensed in this state
A former Washington inmate claims in a lawsuit that he pleaded guilty to two felony charges after getting bad advice from an appointed lawyer who wasn’t licensed in the state.
Afternoon Briefs: 4th Circuit rules for transgender youth; tribe objects to execution

4th Circuit rules for transgender youth on bathroom policy

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia, has ruled for former high school student Gavin Grimm, a…

Afternoon Briefs: Alaska attorney general resigns over text messages; lawsuit claims racial bias in concussion deal

Alaska attorney general resigns after text messages disclosed

Alaska Attorney General Kevin Clarkson has resigned after a news investigation found that he sent more than 550 text messages in March…

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