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431 ABA Journal D.C. Circuit Court articles.

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.
Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw firm reveals ‘stay gap;’ full DC Circuit will hear Michael Flynn case

Allen & Overy reveals its ‘stay gap’

Allen & Overy is the first major law firm to disclose its “stay gap”—the difference in retention between minority and white lawyers. Black,…

Supreme Court will decide circuit split over Facebook’s use of text messages
The U.S. Supreme Court granted Facebook Inc.’s request Thursday to review a proposed class action that accuses the social media company of sending unwanted text messages.
Afternoon Briefs: Michael Flynn judge seeks rehearing; Florida judge’s nude photos at issue

Judge asks full DC Circuit to reconsider Flynn order

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan wants another chance to persuade a federal appeals court to allow him to scrutinize a prosecution…

Afternoon Briefs: 2 BigLaw firms have no Black partners; judge finishes backlog of civil case motions

These BigLaw firms have no Black partners

Two of the country’s top law firms stand out for the wrong reason—they have no Black partners. The firms are Cravath, Swaine &…

Supreme Court will consider disclosure of Mueller grand jury materials to Congress
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to decide whether the House Judiciary Committee may access redacted grand jury materials referenced in the report by former special counsel Robert Mueller.
Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to new federal death penalty procedure
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to the federal government’s new lethal injection procedure.
Afternoon Briefs: Another law firm cuts pay; officer fired in shooting death of Breonna Taylor

Another law firm cuts pay for lawyers and staffers

Holland & Hart is reducing profit distributions to equity partners and cutting pay for salaried lawyers by 15%. Staff members who…

Judge can’t probe DOJ’s decision to drop Flynn case, DC Circuit says
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Wednesday that a federal judge can't scrutinize a federal prosecutor's decision to drop the prosecution of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Afternoon Briefs: Oklahoma top court won’t block Trump rally; cop union loses bid to destroy records

Oklahoma’s top court refuses to block Trump rally

The Oklahoma Supreme Court refused to block a campaign rally Friday for President Donald Trump that is scheduled for Saturday in Tulsa,…

Law clerk speaks up after judge’s courtwide email sparks debate over removing Confederate symbols
A black law clerk was the first to respond after a federal appeals judge shared an email with hundreds of colleagues in which he opined as “madness” a proposal by Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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