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SCOTUS justices were questioned but not implicated in Dobbs leak probe; some are concerned about double standard

Investigators questioned U.S. Supreme Court justices as they probed the leak of a draft opinion overturning the right to abortion, but the justices were not required to sign affidavits, the official who oversaw the probe said Friday.

Who leaked Dobbs? SCOTUS investigators don’t know, despite 97 employee interviews and forensic sleuthing

The U.S. Supreme Court can’t identify who leaked Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion overturning the right to abortion to Politico in May 2022, according to a report released Thursday.

Security officer shoots armed man outside federal courthouse

A security officer shot and wounded a man who approached him with sharp objects outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Congress passes bills to protect judges, remove statue of Dred Scott decision author

ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross is applauding Congress for passing a bill intended to keep federal judges safe by banning disclosure of their personal information.

Lawyer’s testimony about client’s threat to ‘bust a cap’ in prosecutor warrants reversal, appeals court says

A trial court erred when it allowed a lawyer to testify about a client’s alleged threats against a prosecutor during two private conversations in the courthouse hallway, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals has ruled.

Law firms, courts deal with aftermath of Hurricane Ian

Law firms and courthouses are dealing with Hurricane Ian and its aftermath.

Town justice who brandished gun at defendant should be ousted, judicial conduct commission says

A town and village justice in Whitehall, New York, should be removed from office for brandishing or pointing a handgun at a defendant and then apparently bragging about it in racial terms, according to the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Meet Raymond Dearie, the judge picked to oversee Mar-a-Lago documents review

Senior U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie will serve as the special master overseeing the review of records seized from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

DOJ, in work to curb attacks on election workers, charges man for threatening phone call

A Missouri man has been charged for threatening an election official in Maricopa County, Arizona, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

New York man arrested and charged with assault after attack at courthouse

A man who had previously threatened a federal judge attacked a court security officer in the elevator at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, according to a criminal complaint made public Monday.

Judge who signed Trump search warrant is targeted; critics seek ‘judgment of God’

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart of Florida is at the center of controversy after signing the search warrant for the Aug. 8 search on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Former court mediator is accused of mailing feces to public officials

A fired mediator for an Ohio court is facing a federal charge alleging that he violated a law banning the mailing of hazardous materials by sending feces to public officials.

2nd Circuit partly rules for jury-nullification advocate challenging limit on protests near courthouses

A jury-nullification protester wasn’t able to persuade a federal appeals court that a New York law banning some protests near courthouses is unconstitutional on its face.

Congress needs to enact legislation and provide funding to ensure the safety of our judges

A free, fair and unbiased judiciary is essential to the rule of law and a properly functioning democracy. But judges cannot do their jobs effectively if they are under attack or feel their families are being threatened.

‘My guns are bigger,’ judge allegedly declared before pointing Colt .45 at lawyers in courtroom

A Houston lawyer has submitted an affidavit alleging that a West Virginia judge removed a gun from a holster under his robe and pointed it at attorneys defending an energy company.

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