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Afternoon Briefs: Execution carried out despite COVID-19 claim; 9 charged in Flint water crisis

COVID-19 claim doesn’t stop execution of drug trafficker

Drug trafficker Cory Johnson was executed Thursday for his role in the slayings of seven people after the U.S. Supreme Court refused…

New York attorney general sues over NYPD’s alleged use of ‘excessive force’ against protesters
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the New York City Police Department used "excessive force" against peaceful racial justice protesters last year.
BigLaw firm cuts more than 130 jobs in offices overseas
Norton Rose Fulbright has cut 132 jobs in a restructuring affecting offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Who will defend Trump in second impeachment trial? ‘He’s not going to get the A team,’ one prof says
As President Donald Trump looks for lawyers to defend him in a second impeachment trial, some suggest that he might be struggling in the effort.
Then-AG Sessions and DOJ were ‘driving force’ behind policy leading to family separations, report says
The U.S. attorney general’s office was a “driving force” behind a prosecution policy that led to the separation of more than 3,000 immigrant children from their families, according to a report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice’s inspector general.
Afternoon Briefs: Law dean Chemerinsky opposes Trump Twitter ban; safe injection site shot down

Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky opposes Trump Twitter ban

Twitter and Facebook had the right to remove posts by President Donald Trump that amounted to incitement, but a total ban on…

Illinois lawmakers pass sweeping overhaul to criminal justice system
The Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday passed sweeping criminal justice reforms that include the elimination of cash bail and a requirement that police officers in the state wear body cameras.
Lawyer shocked with stun gun at courthouse cites racial bias, says he will appeal conviction
A California lawyer who wore casual clothes when he stopped by the courthouse on his day off has said he could have acted differently when confronted by deputies, but he did not commit a crime.
Could Trump face charges for speech before Capitol riot? Experts differ on Brandenburg impact
Could a 1969 case involving a Ku Klux Klan leader protect President Donald Trump from incitement charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol?
ABA launches initiative to help measure effectiveness of regulatory reforms

The ABA Center for Innovation has launched an initiative focused on developing uniform metrics that states could use to measure the effectiveness of new approaches they are taking to regulating the legal industry.

Why being anti-racist is not enough
To my white progressive friends: To say that last spring’s killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor shook me would be an understatement. I also was shaken by the depth of my multiracial daughter’s anger—including at her entire white family—and I found myself thinking long and hard about my own racial culpability.
Courts discuss security after warning of potential protest threats
Courts across the country are discussing security after a news report said pro-Trump groups were considering storming courthouses.
Former Michigan governor is charged in Flint water crisis; is conviction a longshot?
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect in decisions that caused lead to contaminate the water supply for Flint, Michigan.
Afternoon Briefs: AG official resigns after Capitol march robocall; 157 law deans condemn election lawyers

Official with AG group resigns after ‘stop the steal’ robocall

Adam Piper, the executive director of the Republican Attorneys General Association, has resigned after the group’s fundraising arm urged supporters…

As House impeaches Trump for second time, some say Senate trial after his presidency is unconstitutional
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Donald Trump for a second time, saying his behavior before the U.S. Capitol riots last week amounts to “incitement of insurrection.”

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