D.C. Circuit Court

426 ABA Journal D.C. Circuit Court articles.

US can kill its own citizens without review when state secrets are involved, DOJ lawyer argues
A U.S. Department of Justice lawyer argued Monday that the United States can kill its own citizens without judicial review when litigation would reveal state secrets.
Afternoon Briefs: Weil Gotshal special bonuses tied to hours; Trump sued by his niece

Weil Gotshal bonuses could reach $50K for top billers

Weil Gotshal & Manges is breaking from the ranks by tying special bonuses to hours worked and raising the top amount…

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas, the Supreme Court has announced. NPR reports that she dictated to her granddaughter Clara Spera this message: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."
Bid to dismiss Flynn charges appears to be a ‘corrupt and politically motivated favor,’ report says
The U.S. Department of Justice’s bid to dismiss charges against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser appears to be a “corrupt and politically motivated favor,” according to a report by a former judge tasked with opposing the government request.
Federal judicial nominee lacks enough experience, ABA says in letter explaining ‘not qualified’ rating
The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has given a “not qualified” rating to Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, a nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Additions to Trump’s SCOTUS short list include 3 GOP senators, 2 judges rated ‘not qualified’
Three Republican senators are among 20 lawyers added to President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court short list, which was released Wednesday.
State bar takes ‘medieval approach to mental health,’ says Trump-appointed judge
A federal judge has chastised the Kentucky “Bar Bureaucracy” for its treatment of a bar applicant diagnosed with bipolar disorder, even as he tossed her lawsuit alleging violations of disability law and the equal protection clause.
Congress can’t sue to enforce subpoena for former White House counsel’s testimony, DC Circuit rules
A federal appeals court has ruled that the House Judiciary Committee has no basis to sue for enforcement of a subpoena against former White House counsel Don McGahn.
Full DC Circuit refuses to order immediate dismissal of Michael Flynn prosecution
An en banc federal appeals court is refusing to interfere with a federal judge’s plan to review the U.S. Department of Justice’s bid to drop the prosecution of Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.
Yale Law School professor accused of sexual misconduct is suspended for 2 years

Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld has been suspended from his position for two years, effective immediately, as a result of sexual harassment allegations. He will be prohibited from teaching small group or required courses when he returns.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump pardons Susan B. Anthony; suspect in lawyer’s murder claims memory loss

Trump pardons Susan B. Anthony

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is granting a posthumous pardon to Susan B. Anthony, the women’s suffragist who was convicted for casting a…

Roger Stone drops conviction appeal, says his lawyers told him odds of victory are slim
President Donald Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone has dropped the appeal of his conviction for obstructing the congressional probe of Russian election influence, tampering with a witness and lying to Congress.
Afternoon Briefs: Actor Jussie Smollett’s prosecutors are reviewed; enhanced protection is recommended for judges

No crimes by prosecutors found in Jussie Smollett case

Special prosecutor Dan Webb has found “substantial abuses of discretion” but no criminal wrongdoing by prosecutors who dropped charges against actor…

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer denies ‘monstrous’ harassment; US appeals judge dies from COVID-19

Kentucky lawyer says sexual acts were consensual

A Kentucky lawyer accused of “monstrous and inhuman” sexual misbehavior says two former employees who sued him for harassment consented to “touching…

House may sue to enforce former White House counsel subpoena, en banc DC Circuit rules
An en banc federal appeals court ruled Friday that the House Judiciary Committee has standing to seek court enforcement of a subpoena for testimony by former White House counsel Don McGahn.

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