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Judge involved in White Castle fracas is suspended after arrest for alleged domestic battery

Prosecutors will seek 18 to 24 months in prison for 2 lawyers accused in Molotov cocktail attack on cop car

Prosecutors and two lawyers accused in a Molotov cocktail attack on an unoccupied police car have reached a plea deal that would spare the defendants some prison time.

Could SCOTUS leaker be charged with crime? Espionage Act wouldn’t apply, but other laws might

Could the person who leaked U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft abortion opinion be charged with a crime? It’s possible, even though the Espionage Act wouldn’t apply, according to experts.

Oregon’s overburdened public defender system is ‘buckling before our eyes’

The public defender system in Oregon is so overburdened that several hundred defendants don’t have legal representation at any given time.

When it comes to the law, is justice always just?

What hath the law to do with justice? And if it does, to what extent does this connection influence our decision to become lawyers? Is the motivation instinctual?

Texas state prosecutor faces ethics complaint over election suit; AG Paxton says he’s next

Texas disciplinary authorities on Friday filed a lawsuit against a Texas assistant attorney general for alleged “dishonest” assertions in a U.S. Supreme Court case claiming that voting machines had switched votes.

Former Paul Ewing paralegal pleads not guilty to embezzling more than $600K

A former paralegal at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in Chicago has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she embezzled more than $600,000 while working on bankruptcy matters at the…

Credit reporting law doesn’t give job seekers a right to explain criminal history, 8th Circuit says

A job applicant turned down for a job because she didn’t disclose her criminal history can’t sue the employer in federal court for a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Appeals court sides with judge who muted man during remote sentencing

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Missouri man’s rights were not violated when a judge muted him twice during his remote sentencing.

Panel attorneys who represent children, indigent adults in New York courts flee low pay

Panel attorneys who represent children and indigent adults in New York family and criminal courts haven’t had a fee hike in almost two decades.

Man who created fake police Facebook page can’t recover damages for his arrest, 6th Circuit says

A man who created a fake police department page on Facebook can’t obtain damages against officers who arrested him, searched his home and seized his phone and laptop, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Former paralegal in federal prosecution office is convicted for outing witnesses

A former paralegal at the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey was convicted Tuesday based on accusations that she outed cooperating witnesses against her gang member son.

Weekly Briefs: SCOTUS will hear inmate’s appeal of DNA testing; prosecutor accidentally shoots himself

Supreme Court will hear death row inmate’s DNA test bid

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the case of a Texas death row inmate who said DNA…

One-time jailhouse lawyer creates legal jobs program for the formerly incarcerated

Devon Simmons, co-founder and project director of a new program helping those with past convictions find work as paralegals and other jobs in the legal profession, says there’s a wealth of untapped legal talent among formerly incarcerated people.

Man arrested in lawyer’s 2016 murder was opposing litigant in family trust dispute, defamation case

Police have arrested an opposing litigant in the death of Dallas lawyer Ira Tobolowsky, who was found dead in a suspicious garage fire in May 2016.

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