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Weekly Briefs: Old arrest warrant found in Emmett Till case; former White House counsel subpoenaed

Emmett Till’s family seeks arrest after warrant found

Researchers have found an unserved 1955 arrest warrant in the basement of a Mississippi courthouse that accuses Carolyn Bryant Donham in the…

SCOTUS will decide case that could strip state courts of power to review congressional voting maps

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to consider the power of state courts to regulate federal elections under a theory known as the "independent state legislature" theory.

Supreme Court blocks order intended to increase Black voting power in Louisiana, grants cert

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a federal judge’s order that required Louisiana to draw a new voting map with two majority-Black districts instead of one.

Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony undermines possible Trump defense in potential criminal case, experts say

Experts said the testimony of Cassidy Hutchinson, the former principal assistant to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, could help in any federal criminal investigation or prosecution of former President Donald Trump.

Supreme Court nears end of term amid conflict and discord

“What we have now is kind of a perfect storm,” says Stefanie Lindquist, a professor of law and political science at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. “The court is sort of rattled by all the political instability that we’re all experiencing writ large.”

Jan. 6 panel seeks interview with Justice Thomas’ wife after report of correspondence with former Chapman law prof

Updated: The chairman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot told reporters Thursday that the panel plans to ask Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, for an interview.

If DOJ prosecutes Trump, what charges could it bring? Experts consider possibilities

Updated: Information revealed in the congressional hearing into the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot could serve as the basis for a criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice of former President Donald Trump, some experts say.

Meet Greg Jacob, Pence lawyer who opposed ‘made up’ election theory, sent ‘furious message’ Jan. 6, 2021

Greg Jacob is back at O'Melveny & Myers as a partner handling Employee Retirement Income Security Act and labor and employment issues after his star turn as the top lawyer for former Vice President Mike Pence.

Lawyers surrounding Trump rejected stolen election claims; Barr calls claims ‘idiotic’ and ‘disturbing’

Lawyers surrounding former President Donald Trump, including former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, rejected his claims of a stolen election and told him so, according to witnesses testifying before the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

Rudy Giuliani faces ethics charges in DC over failed election arguments

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, is facing ethics charges in Washington, D.C., as a result of his unsuccessful arguments in a federal lawsuit seeking to invalidate as many as 1.5 million votes in Pennsylvania.

SCOTUS allows counting of mail-in ballots in undated envelopes

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to interfere with the counting of mail-in ballots in undated envelopes in a judicial election in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.

Progressive San Francisco DA is recalled; he notes big spending by ‘right-wing billionaires’

Voters in San Francisco recalled progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Tuesday.

Former elections GC pleads guilty to charges stemming from wrestling job seekers

Updated: A former general counsel for the New York City Board of Elections has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors for allegedly subjecting job seekers to a physical fitness assessment that included wrestling moves and measurement of body parts.

Pro-Trump lawyer’s challenge to bar’s mental exam order can’t be heard by federal courts, 11th Circuit says

A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a pro-Trump lawyer’s lawsuit contending that the State Bar of Georgia violated his constitutional rights when it ordered him to take a mental health exam.

ABA Survey of Civic Literacy shows people are in favor of protecting the right to vote

“The American Bar Association is constantly working to enhance the integrity and public perception of the electoral process in a nonpartisan fashion with policies promoting consistent and fair ballot-counting and a reduction in wait times to vote,” says ABA President Reginald Turner. “We all need to be confident that our votes matter. We all must work to preserve access to the ballot box for all who are eligible. We must keep the right to vote ‘the crown jewel of American liberties.’”

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