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Weekly Briefs: Go-between sentenced in law prof’s murder; $4.25B opioid settlement announced

Convicted go-between gets life sentence in law prof’s murder

Katherine Magbanua was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for acting as the go-between in the murder of…

House bill would push Supreme Court justices into senior status after 18-year terms

A U.S. House of Representatives bill introduced Tuesday would allow new U.S. Supreme Court justices to serve 18 years in active service before they are moved to senior status.

5th Circuit revokes federal judge’s lifetime ban of prosecutor from his courtroom

A federal judge who made “demeaning” and “inappropriate” remarks in the presence of a female federal prosecutor has gotten another scolding after permanently banning her from his courtroom.

Federal judge sitting atop mound of patent litigation loses perch with equitable-distribution order

A federal judge in Waco, Texas, who hears nearly 25% of the nation’s patent cases will see his intellectual-property docket shrink as a result of a new order on case distribution.

Will Trump face federal indictment? Garland says DOJ pursues justice ‘without fear or favor’

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland didn’t say whether he would prosecute former President Donald Trump in an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on Tuesday.

Texas attorney general bars lawyers in his office from speaking at State Bar of Texas events

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has taken another step to signal his displeasure with the State Bar of Texas after the group filed an ethics complaint against him.

5th Circuit rules against children with disabilities who challenged Texas’ ban on school mask mandates

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that children with disabilities had no standing to challenge a ban on school mask mandates in Texas because they hadn’t shown that a favorable decision would redress their injuries.

South Carolina bill would ban internet information on abortions; tech companies may face competing laws

Technology companies could face a “disparate patchwork” of laws regulating abortion information in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade, according to the Washington Post.

Using Texas’ abortion law playbook, California allows private suits over sales of banned weapons

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday that allows private parties to sue anyone who imports, makes, sells or distributes weapons banned for sale in California.

Weekly Briefs: Bannon convicted for contempt of Congress; suit targets Skittles ingredient

Steve Bannon convicted for contempt of Congress

Jurors deliberated for less than three hours before convicting Steve Bannon, a former adviser for former President Donald Trump, on two counts of…

Ex-DOJ official faces ethics charges for draft election letter that spurred threat of mass resignations

A former Department of Justice official who drafted a letter about election fraud concerns and alternate electors in Georgia is facing ethics charges for the allegedly false statements.

Kagan sees danger to democracy if Supreme Court ‘loses all connection’ with public sentiment

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan warned Thursday that it would be dangerous if the Supreme Court loses touch with public sentiment or appears to be implementing political preferences.

In first SCOTUS vote, Jackson joins liberal justices and Barrett in opposing block on Biden immigration policy

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to reinstate a Biden administration immigration policy that prioritizes apprehension and deportation of people who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.

Trump lawyer loudly sang and rapped aloud with ‘offensive booming music,’ bias suit says

A legal assistant has filed a lawsuit alleging that a lawyer for former President Donald Trump loudly sang along with songs in the workplace that had racially derogatory and sexually explicit lyrics, making the plaintiff feel “shocked, embarrassed and humiliated.”

Could abortion clinics be placed on federal land? Law prof who proposed it sees some risks

Some Democrats and academics are proposing that the Biden administration place abortion clinics on land under exclusive federal control within states with laws that ban the procedure.

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