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Weekly Briefs: Embryos can be tax dependents; top state court upholds mail voting

Georgia allows embryos to be claimed as dependents

Embryos with a “detectable human heartbeat” can be claimed as dependents on state income tax returns in Georgia. The Georgia Department of…

Florida governor suspends ‘woke’ elected prosecutor, citing pledges on transgender care, abortion

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday he was suspending the elected state attorney in Hillsborough County, Florida, for “woke” positions on abortion and transgender medical care.

Federal charges filed against 4 Kentucky officers in raid that led to Breonna Taylor’s death

Four current and former Louisville, Kentucky, police officers have been charged with federal crimes in connection with the 2020 police raid that led to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

New UCLA School of Law project studies movement to undermine critical race theory teaching

An interactive database that tracks legislative, regulatory and administrative efforts aimed at blocking alleged critical race theory teaching was recently created at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

Lawyer disbarred with espionage conviction shouldn’t regain law license, ethics panel says

A lawyer disbarred because of an espionage conviction shouldn’t be reinstated to law practice because she hasn’t proven that she can be trusted or that her mental health issues have been resolved, a hearing panel has concluded.

Military can court-martial reservists with ‘de facto retirement status,’ federal appeals court says

A federal appeals court has held that Congress did not exceed its constitutional authority when it allowed court-martial jurisdiction over a service member who was retired from active duty and working as a civilian employee.

Self-defense law doesn’t protect officer who shot at charging dog and injured child, top state court rules

A Kansas law allowing the use of deadly force against an aggressor does not protect people defending themselves who act recklessly and harm a bystander, the state’s top court has ruled.

Idaho abortion ban conflicts with federal law on emergency room treatment, DOJ suit says

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit Tuesday contending that Idaho’s near-total ban on abortion conflicts with federal law requiring stabilizing emergency room treatment.

2nd Circuit partly rules for jury-nullification advocate challenging limit on protests near courthouses

A jury-nullification protester wasn’t able to persuade a federal appeals court that a New York law banning some protests near courthouses is unconstitutional on its face.

ABA amicus brief asks Supreme Court to uphold use of race-conscious admissions policies

The U.S. Supreme Court should uphold Grutter v. Bollinger, its decision from 2003 that allowed colleges and universities to use race as one factor in admissions decisions, the ABA said in an amicus brief filed Monday.

Abortion-rights lawyer who argued SCOTUS abortion decision is nominated to federal appeals court

President Joe Biden on Friday nominated the litigation director for the Center for Reproductive Rights to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Boston.

Psychedelic Rx: Legal battles aim to expand patients’ access to psilocybin and other hallucinogens

While Indigenous communities have long integrated plant-based psychedelics such as peyote and ayahuasca into their spiritual practices, interest in using both natural and synthetic hallucinogenic substances to alleviate depression and anxiety as well as anorexia, substance use disorder and other mental health conditions has increased in recent decades.

Congress needs to enact legislation and provide funding to ensure the safety of our judges

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Optimizing Outreach: In-person lobbying is returning, but digital advocacy will remain

The pandemic forced organizations like the ABA to adopt new ways to connect with their elected officials and lobby for policy changes of interest to their professions.

Aug. 2, 1790: US conducts first constitutional census

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