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Judge rules retirement accounts of former BigLaw lawyer can be tapped for $10.4M restitution order

A federal judge in New York City has ruled against a former income partner with Katten Muchin Rosenman in the federal government’s bid to garnish his retirement accounts to help pay a $10.4 million restitution order.

Afternoon Briefs: 2 firms give special bonuses; immigrant leaves church sanctuary for first time in 3 years

Paul Hastings, Sheppard Mullin provide special bonuses to staff and paralegals

As many large firms continue to reward young lawyers for their work in the past year, Paul Hastings and…

Threats of sham lawsuit against well-known singer constitute a crime, 9th Circuit says

Threats of baseless litigation can amount to extortion under the Hobbs Act, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco ruled Tuesday.

Texas court tosses sentence of state’s longest-serving death row inmate

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned the sentence of the state’s longest-serving death row inmate.

Florida man sentenced to federal prison after posing as immigration attorney

A Florida man who posed as an immigration attorney has been sentenced to 20 years and nine months in federal prison.

Former prosecutor’s behavior was ‘troubling’ but not criminal, investigation finds

An investigation into a former Suffolk County, Massachusetts, prosecutor has found that his behavior with female interns was “troubling” and violated the expectations of his office but didn’t break the law.

Afternoon Briefs: DOJ civil rights nominee defends letter; lawyer charged in triple murder

DOJ civil rights nominee defends satirical letter

Kristen Clarke, the president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, defended her past statements and writings Wednesday during a hearing…

Top Massachusetts court vacates 90-day contempt sentence for teen who called judge B-word

A 16-year-old girl who called a judge a “dumb, white b- - - -” was wrongly sentenced to 90 days in youth services for contempt of court by the judge she insulted, according to an April 12 decision by the top court in Massachusetts.

Alabama judge is suspended from bench after she is accused of anti-death penalty predilection

A judge in Birmingham, Alabama, has been suspended with pay after the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission alleged that she showed an apparent predisposition against the death penalty, ignored appellate directives, and showed a lack of appropriate demeanor to prosecutors.

Afternoon Briefs: Supreme Court rules for religion; Ramsey Clark dies at 93

SCOTUS blocks restrictions on religious meetings at homes during pandemic

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked California’s restrictions on religious meetings at homes during the COVID-19 crisis in a 5-4 vote…

Federal judge killed in hit-and-run incident; police say driver was disoriented, aggressive

U.S. District Judge Sandra Feuerstein of the Eastern District of New York was struck and killed in Boca Raton, Florida, on Friday when a car drove onto the sidewalk where Feuerstein was walking.

Former death row inmate thanks God and his lawyers for his release after 30-plus years in prison

A former death row inmate in Florida told reporters Thursday that he thanked God and his legal team for his release from prison.

Minnesota’s unique ‘spark of life’ doctrine allows evidence about George Floyd’s life during former officer’s trial

A unique “spark of life” doctrine in Minnesota allows prosecutors to introduce evidence about George Floyd’s life in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is accused of causing his death.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge’s husband heads to prison; Stephen Miller’s new legal group to sue over Biden policies

Husband of appeals judge goes to prison

Suspended lawyer Charles McCullough, the husband of a Pennsylvania appeals judge, reported to prison Tuesday after he was convicted of stealing…

Afternoon Briefs: DA wants to vacate 90 drug convictions; BigLaw firm targeted by law student climate group

90 convictions could be vacated after detective is charged

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in New York says his office has lost confidence in 27 felony and 63 misdemeanor convictions…

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