Legislation & Lobbying

3104 ABA Journal Legislation & Lobbying articles.

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 won’t hear challenge to new federal death penalty procedure
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to the federal government’s new lethal injection procedure.
Meet the acting replacement for a US attorney who was unaware he had resigned
The Manhattan U.S. attorney, who says he was surprised by an announcement of his resignation late Friday, has been replaced by his deputy on an acting basis after a tense standoff with U.S. Attorney General William Barr.
Lethal force laws reexamined after police killings; is reasonableness standard too easy?
Lawmakers in several states are considering revisions to police lethal force laws following the deaths of George Floyd and others during encounters with officers.
Can Trump send military to states to stop violent protests? This law likely allows it
President Donald Trump said Monday he would use the military to stop violent protests in states where governors refuse to take actions needed to protect lives and property.
Ballot box battles are more high-stakes than ever
Why states are on the fence about a patient’s right to die

About 21% of Americans now live in a state that allows medical aid in dying. Although these states allow medical aid in dying, the state laws have specific restrictions about when and how a patient can take the prescription. Advocates are pushing to ease criteria, so that more patients have access and more providers can offer support.

Critics call for repeal of citizens arrest laws, cited as justification in killing of Ahmaud Arbery
Critics are calling for the repeal of citizens arrest laws that allow people to take the law into their own hands, causing dangerous situations and sometimes leading to assaults and killings.
Supreme Court arguments on Trump financial subpoenas suggest differing outcomes in the cases
The U.S. Supreme Court could split in its decisions in President Donald Trump’s fight against subpoenas for his tax and financial records, remote oral arguments indicated Tuesday.
Bipartisan legislation passed helps Americans and businesses impacted by the coronavirus

COVID-19 reportedly surfaced in Wuhan, China, last December. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the virus to be a global pandemic, and two days after…

Why exotic dancers and other gig workers are seeing employment law gains, COVID-19 losses

“The coronavirus is exposing the dangers of being a gig worker—you have no benefits, no health care, and no one to one to speak for you,” says lawyer Michael P. Maslanka, a labor and employment law expert in Texas. “I think this crisis is so severe that it will change the mindsets of the people, and when the mindsets of the people change, laws change.”

‘Bridgegate’ convictions tossed by Supreme Court, which says federal corruption laws don’t apply
On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the political corruption convictions of two former New Jersey officials involved in a scheme to close down the George Washington Bridge for political punishment.
Afternoon Briefs: 6th Circuit won’t delay inmate transfer; sheriff declines to enforce stay-at-home order

6th Circuit refuses to delay inmate transfer

On Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati refused to delay the transfer of more than 800 medically vulnerable inmates…

McConnell says COVID-19 aid bill must include liability shield for businesses and hospitals
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that a federal aid bill for state and local governments should make the money contingent on states providing liability protection to businesses and hospitals providing services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Closely watched gun-rights case tossed as moot by SCOTUS; Kavanaugh urges new cert grant
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t decide a closely watched case that could have been used to extend the right to have a gun to outside the home.

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