First Amendment

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Afternoon briefs: TRO lifted against Mary Trump publisher; Jeffrey Epstein associate arrested

Appeals court lifts TRO against Mary Trump publisher

A New York appeals court on Wednesday lifted a temporary restraining order that blocked Simon & Schuster from publishing a tell-all book…

‘Landmark decision’ backs cheerleader kicked off squad for Snapchat F-word post
A federal appeals court has ruled that a Pennsylvania school district violated a high school cheerleader’s First Amendment rights when it kicked her off the squad for a Snapchat message.
ABA is ‘deeply concerned’ by China’s new security law, saying it violates agreement with Hong Kong
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said Wednesday the ABA is “deeply concerned” by China’s new national security legislation, which is designed to curb anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong.
Chemerinsky: Gorsuch wrote his ‘most important opinion’ in SCOTUS ruling protecting LGBTQ workers

There are many important implications to the U.S. Supreme Court’s stunning decision June 15. “It certainly is the most important opinion” written by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch since coming on to the court three years ago, writes law dean Erwin Chemerinsky.

Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw firm announces layoffs; judge’s TRO blocks Mary Trump book

Katten converts some furloughs into layoffs

Katten Muchin Rosenman has decided to lay off some employees it had furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm is…

Are lawyers who pointed guns at protesters protected by the castle doctrine?
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said Monday she is investigating after husband and wife lawyers brandished a handgun and a rifle at protesters passing their home on a private street.
Supreme Court rules state can’t ban religious schools from scholarship program

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that Montana’s decision to ban religious schools from a scholarship program violates the free exercise clause. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the June 30 majority opinion.

Justices have a lot to say, but all is quiet in the Supreme Court

In a normal June, the U.S. Supreme Court issues the last of the term’s opinions, many of which are in its most contentious and divided cases. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once referred to people coming to the courtroom to “watch the show.” But the show has not gone on during the time of quarantine.

Prosecutor vows to file whistleblower complaint against public defender for bias blog posts
A California district attorney has vowed to file a whistleblower complaint against a public defender who criticized prosecutors’ role in perpetuating racial bias.
Judge refuses to stop publication of Bolton book but warns of consequences
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., refused Saturday to block the publication of a tell-all book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton while warning of possible consequences.
Protests renew scrutiny of detention practices and COVID-19 spread

As thousands of demonstrators have been arrested or jailed amid protests over the killing of George Floyd and police brutality, detention practices that increase the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus are back in the spotlight.

DOJ suit seeks delay of Bolton book, which alleges ‘obstruction of justice as a way of life’
Updated: The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to delay publication of a tell-all book by former National Security Adviser John Bolton, a day before major newspapers began reporting on its contents.
7th Circuit upholds former cap on religious congregants in Illinois
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago refused Tuesday to block a 10-person cap on religious congregants in a free exercise lawsuit filed by two Illinois churches.
SCOTUS stays execution of inmate seeking chaplain in death chamber
The U.S. Supreme Court stayed the execution Tuesday of a Catholic inmate in Texas who is seeking a chaplain in the death chamber.
Bipartisan group of attorneys calls on AG Barr to resign over Lafayette Square actions
More than 100 U.S. Supreme Court practitioners and constitutional lawyers on Thursday called for U.S. Attorney General William Barr to be held accountable for the government’s use of force against protesters in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square on June 1.

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