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450 ABA Journal Connecticut articles.

12-person juries are constitutionally required in serious criminal cases, Gorsuch argues

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh dissented Monday, when the Supreme Court turned down an appeal that challenges the use of eight-person juries in serious criminal cases.

Can Infowars host Alex Jones pay nearly $965M verdict for Sandy Hook lies? He spent $80K to get to trial, bankruptcy filings show

Infowars host and founder Alex Jones called the $965 million verdict against him a “joke” during his broadcast Wednesday and suggested that defamation plaintiffs who sued him for lying about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting massacre in Connecticut won’t be able to collect.

Lawyer faces charges after video shows him slapping another attorney

A Connecticut lawyer is facing criminal charges after a television viewer forwarded a video showing him slapping another person to a local news outlet.

Judge tosses suit by Yale psych prof fired over diagnosis of Trump and Dershowitz

A federal judge in Connecticut has tossed a lawsuit filed by a volunteer psychiatry professor at Yale University who lost her job after suggesting publicly that former President Donald Trump and lawyer Alan Dershowitz may have shared psychiatric symptoms "by contagion."

‘Probably the worst day of my legal career,’ says lawyer for Infowars founder in testimony on mistaken revelations

A lawyer for Infowars founder Alex Jones testified in a show-cause hearing last week that the release of confidential medical records to opposing counsel in a defamation trial was due to a wrong link provided by his administrative assistant.

How could mistaken release of cellphone data affect Texas lawyer for Infowars founder Alex Jones?

Because of a mistaken cellphone revelation, the Houston lawyer representing Infowars host Alex Jones in a Texas defamation lawsuit could have exposed himself to malpractice claims by his client, legal disciplinary action by the state and sanctions in a separate case in Connecticut.

Federal judge rules for drug distributors in opioid trial, says case fails under West Virginia nuisance law

A federal judge has ruled for three major drug distributors in a bench trial contending that their conduct created an opioid epidemic in Huntington, West Virginia, and the state’s Cabell County.

Weekly Briefs: Fish definition includes bees, court says; judge decries ‘fair-weather originalism’

Bees can sometimes be considered fish, court says

Bees can be protected under the California Endangered Species Act because they are invertebrates within the law’s definition of fish, the California…

Weekly Briefs: Michael Avenatti sentenced in money theft of Stormy Daniels; Reagan shooter released without restrictions

Lawyer Michael Avenatti gets more prison time

Suspended lawyer Michael Avenatti was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for stealing nearly $300,000 in book-deal payments intended…

Infowars host’s lawyer says the N-word in a dropped-pants comedy routine; should he face discipline?

A Connecticut-based branch of Black Lives Matter is calling for the suspension of a criminal defense lawyer who dropped his pants and used the N-word in a comedy routine.

Many federal courts ease mask requirements; judges often retain discretion in their courtrooms

More than a dozen federal courts have eased or dropped mask requirements since the beginning of March.

Weekly Briefs: Walter Dellinger dies at 80; lawyer’s ‘succubustic’ comment deemed protected speech

‘Giant in the law’ Walter Dellinger dies

Former acting U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger died Feb. 16 at age 80. Dellinger was a longtime professor at the Duke University School…

Sandy Hook families reach $73M settlement in suit targeting gun marketing

Gunmaker Remington Arms has agreed to a $73 million settlement in a lawsuit targeting its marketing of the automatic rifle used in the 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

This state allows a judge to summarily disbar lawyers; it recently happened in a divorce case

A lawyer in Hamden, Connecticut, has been disbarred by a judge who said she made “empty and malicious claims” that another judge favored Jewish litigants and protected the sexual abuse of children.

As omicron COVID-19 cases surge, several courts pause jury trials

A California federal court said Wednesday it would suspend in-person jury trials following similar announcements by other state and federal courts amid the surge in omicron COVID-19 cases.

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