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Supreme Court considers Trump’s plan to adjust census based on immigration status

In Trump v. New York, the central question is whether President Donald Trump has the authority to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the base population number of the 2020 census that’s used for the apportionment of seats in the House of Representatives.

Afternoon Briefs: Judiciary committee will get new top Dem; top Pennsylvania court rejects 5 election suits

Feinstein steps down as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is stepping down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee after criticism…

DOJ makes no ‘overt moves’ to investigate claims of widespread voter fraud conspiracy
Even though U.S. Attorney General William Barr has loosened restrictions on investigating voter fraud, there has been no public announcement of any investigation, according to a story by the Washington Post.
Federal judge criticizes DOJ’s fee agreement with BigLaw firm, says the amount is unreasonable
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has questioned the U.S. Department of Justice’s agreement to pay more than $212,000 in fees and expenses to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer to settle a case over the exclusion of New York residents from trusted traveler programs.
Trump campaign’s legal strategy has faltered partly because of legal ethics, law prof says
The Trump campaign's legal strategy is faltering partly because of ethics rules requiring lawyers to be candid with courts and avoid frivolous claims, according to a law professor who teaches legal ethics.
Afternoon Briefs: Peremptory challenge curbs allowed; more federal courts halt jury trials

Juror shortages lead to curbs on peremptory challenges

Judges in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, are allowed to ban or reduce peremptory challenges in civil cases to avoid running out of potential…

Who are some of the lawyers serving on Biden’s agency review teams?

Of the 500-plus individuals appointed to President-elect Joe Biden’s agency review teams, over 150 are lawyers. The agency review teams are also some of the most diverse in history.

Afternoon Briefs: Bankruptcy judge OKs opioid deal; judge bans immigration arrests at some courts

Bankruptcy judge approves opioid deal

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain in New York has approved a settlement between the government and Purdue Pharma, a maker of OxyContin, to resolve…

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.
Biden names former Alito clerk as White House counsel
President-elect Joe Biden has named a former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. as his White House counsel.
Afternoon Briefs: Several states pause jury trials; suit accuses Texas AG of whistleblower retaliation

Several states stop jury trials

A surge in COVID-19 cases has led several states to suspend jury trials. They include New York, Maryland, Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming. (The

Supreme Court puts off action on Trump-related cases; is it waiting for the clock to run out?

The U.S. Supreme Court does not appear to be in a rush to decide legal matters related to President Donald Trump. It’s possible the Supreme Court is “allowing the clock to run out,” according to one news organization.

Kavanaugh, Roberts appear ready to join with liberal justices to uphold most of Affordable Care Act
A U.S. Supreme Court majority appeared ready to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act in oral arguments Tuesday.
Jones Day and Porter Wright file election suits for Trump to the dismay of some of their lawyers
Updated: The law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur has withdrawn from its representation of the Trump campaign in a federal lawsuit filed Monday evening that alleged voting irregularities across the state of Pennsylvania.
DOJ official quits post after AG Barr authorizes voter fraud probes before results are certified
U.S. Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors Monday that they may investigate specific allegations of voter fraud before certification of election results, a reversal of long-standing policies intended to prevent knowledge of investigations from influencing voters or election officials.

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