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Weekly Briefs: Accused ‘my guns are bigger’ judge resigns; Texas district attorney resigns, takes the Fifth

Judge who displayed gun on bench resigns

Judge David W. Hummel Jr. of West Virginia has resigned from the bench after a video confirmed that he placed a gun on…

Judge didn’t have jurisdiction to appoint special master in Trump documents case, 11th Circuit says

U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon of the Southern District of Florida didn’t have jurisdiction to consider former President Donald Trump’s request for a special master to review documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Lawyers struggle to make headway with growing immigrant backlog

The virtual courtroom of immigration Judge Thomas Mulligan of New York City’s Varick Street court was not exactly a well-oiled machine on a recent August morning. The judge was occupied with master calendar hearings, the docket where respondents—they would be called “defendants” in other settings—acknowledged and answered the government’s charges.

Biden administration extends pause on federal student-loan payments as SCOTUS review is sought

The Biden administration on Tuesday extended the pause on federal student-loan payments, interest and collections to allow time for the courts to resolve litigation over plans to forgive some loans.

Supreme Court refuses to block release of Trump’s tax returns to House committee

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block the release of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Veteran prosecutor is appointed as special counsel to oversee 2 ongoing probes involving Trump

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has announced the appointment of a special counsel to oversee two ongoing investigations involving former President Donald Trump.

Trump could conceivably run for president and even govern the US from prison, legal scholars say

The U.S. Constitution would not prevent former President Donald Trump from running for president or governing the country while in prison, according to nine legal experts.

Texas governor invokes obscure constitutional provision to repel ‘border invasion;’ judge strikes down Title 42 next day

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he is invoking the U.S. Constitution’s invasion clause and taking “unprecedented measures” to repel a “border invasion.”

Weekly Briefs: Biden can’t grant student-debt relief, judge says; $32.3M malpractice award left in place

Judge strikes down student-debt relief

U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman of Fort Worth, Texas, ruled Thursday that the Biden administration’s plan to forgive some federal student-loan debt was an unconstitutional…

Last-minute election lawsuits target absentee ballots; Florida clashes with DOJ over monitors

Election litigation was heating up in battleground states as voters went to the polls Tuesday. Lawsuits were filed over undated absentee ballots in Pennsylvania, unmailed absentee ballots in Georgia, and plans to hand count ballots in Arizona and Nevada.

Harvard flubbed insurance deadline, cannot access $15M policy, judge rules

Harvard University will not be able to tap into a $15 million insurance policy to cover legal expenses after failing to alert its insurer in a timely manner of the lawsuit over its race-conscious admissions program, a federal judge in Boston ruled Wednesday.

Lawyer flubs allowed Politico to access law professor’s election-litigation emails

How did Politico obtain a law professor’s election-litigation emails? It began when a lawyer failed to deactivate a Dropbox link that was created to share documents with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.

Election litigation brings developments in 2 Pennsylvania cases; what else is pending?

Election litigation is heating up in advance of the midterm elections next week—bringing developments in two Pennsylvania cases.

Chief justice blocks turnover of Trump’s tax returns to congressional committee

Former President Donald Trump has obtained a temporary stay blocking the turnover of his tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Weekly Briefs: Cardozo Law will fight junk science with $15M; sheriff convicted for restraint-chair misuse

Cardozo Law will use $15M gift to fight junk science convictions

Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law plans to use a $15 million donation to create a justice clinic that…

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