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Judge accused of assaulting cursing defendant wishes recording of incident had audio

A Georgia judge is facing an ethics complaint that accuses him of grabbing and pushing a shackled inmate who cursed at him.

If not removed, rock with Confederate flag should be factored into custody dispute, appeals court says

A mother in New York risks losing shared custody of her mixed-race child as a result of a small Confederate flag painted on a rock near her driveway.

Chemerinsky op-ed calls on Justice Breyer to retire now

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't heed calls to resign when law dean Erwin Chemerinsky wrote a March 2014 op-ed making that plea.

Afternoon Briefs: Transgender patients protected; gender gap persists in SCOTUS arguments

Transgender patients protected in HHS interpretation

The Biden administration will protect transgender patients from discrimination in health care, reversing a decision by the Trump administration, according to an announcement…

Federal judge complains that New York’s federal detention facilities ‘are run by morons’

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York reluctantly sentenced a drug conspiracy defendant to the mandatory minimum of five years in prison last month, as she complained about the "inhuman" conditions that the woman had to endure at federal detention facilities in New York City.

Federal judge tossed from case for ‘immovable’ views, suggestion that US lawyers are lazy and arrogant

A controversial federal judge in Houston has been booted from a case once again by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans. The federal appeals court said U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes had a “fixed and inflexible view of the case.”

Judges aren’t persuaded by Capitol rioters’ claims that Trump asked them to do it

Judges are rejecting claims of U.S. Capitol rioters that they should be released before trial because they were following the direction of former President Donald Trump.

Afternoon Briefs: Harvey Weinstein sues for return of legal fee; judge’s arm touch leads to reprimand

Weinstein sues lawyer for return of $1M fee

A May 4 lawsuit filed by former film producer Harvey Weinstein claims that lawyer Jose Baez refused to refund a $1…

Justice Thomas turns talkative in telephone arguments after years of mostly silence

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is showing his personality in oral arguments questioning, a turnabout from past years when he stayed mostly silent.

Justice Barrett has aligned most often in argued cases with these 2 SCOTUS justices

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice, has aligned 100% of the time in argued cases with conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch, according to an analysis by CNN reporter Joan Biskupic.

Success of ABA Day 2021 is a blueprint for year-round advocacy

On April 20 and 21, thousands joined the American Bar Association online during its annual advocacy event, ABA Day, to discuss the need for robust legal aid funding and increased judicial security.

Insurance adjuster didn’t turn off his audio before calling judge an ‘idiot’

A California judge was asking jurors to sit in socially distanced seats when an online voice could be heard on the courtroom speakers. Using the F-word, the person referred to the judge as an “idiot.”

Federal judge orders DOJ to release memo that said Trump shouldn’t be prosecuted for obstruction

A U.S. Department of Justice memo concluding that former President Donald Trump should not be prosecuted for obstruction of justice was not protected by privilege because then-U.S. Attorney General William Barr had already reached that conclusion, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Parking lot tiff between judge and politician’s son leads to ethics investigation

A parking lot tiff between a judge and the son of a former House of Representatives speaker in Arkansas has led to an ethics investigation by the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission.

Judge gets public warning over eating for free at law firm’s luncheon before awarding it $2M in legal fees

A Houston judge has received a public warning for awarding $2 million in attorney fees to a law firm after she ate for free at its celebratory luncheon for new lawyers.

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