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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.

SCOTUS limits scope of McGirt, allows Oklahoma to prosecute some crimes on reservations

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday that Oklahoma has the authority to prosecute crimes by non-Indians against Native Americans on reservations. The decision limits the reach of a prior decision that barred the state from prosecuting tribal members on reservations.

Biden doesn’t support Supreme Court expansion, press secretary says

President Joe Biden doesn’t support expanding the U.S. Supreme Court, despite his criticism of its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the White House press secretary told reporters Saturday.

States can’t restrict abortions outside their borders, ban abortion pills based on FDA disagreement, AG Garland says

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized options that are still available to women seeking abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.

Feds search home of former DOJ lawyer who tried to help Trump overturn election

Federal agents on Wednesday searched the suburban Virginia home of former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark, who was involved in efforts to help then-President Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Federal appeals court tosses injured lawyer’s Fourth Amendment claim against ICE agent

An agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has qualified immunity from a Fourth Amendment claim in a lawsuit filed by an injured lawyer, a federal appeals court has ruled.

ABA supports several of the Biden administration’s proposed nursing home reforms

Nina Kohn, a professor at the Syracuse University College of Law, has long focused on the intersection of the law and the experiences of older adults, including those who need long-term care. In recent months, she has helped draw attention to three policies that closely align with nursing home reforms the Biden administration announced in February.

Retired Judge Luttig explains ‘slow and methodical’ speech during Jan. 6 hearing

Retired Judge J. Michael Luttig has responded to social media speculation about his slow speaking style during testimony Thursday before the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer pleads guilty to allegations he stole from other clients

Criminal Justice

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.

Federal appeals court makes it easier to assert job bias claims over job transfer requests

An en banc federal appeals court on Friday lowered the bar for workplace discrimination claims based on job transfers that are forced or rejected.

Supreme Court backlog is the largest in percentage terms since at least 1950

More than half of the cases on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket have yet to be decided.  As of Friday, the court had 33 opinions remaining, which amounts to 53% of its argued cases this term.

Congress should ‘take swift, evidence-informed action’ to stop gun violence, ABA president says

In the wake of recent mass shootings in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, ABA President Reginald Turner is urging Congress “to take swift, evidence-informed action to dramatically reduce the threat and devastating impacts of gun violence.”

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