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44 ABA Journal Local Government articles.

Judge requests reduced charge for man who slapped his hand over face mask order, DA says
A Texas man who was shown on video in an altercation with a county judge and a hardware store employee over an order to wear a face mask saw his felony charge of assault on a public servant reduced Thursday.
Police union sues state attorney general over plans to publish names of disciplined cops
The union that represents New Jersey state troopers is suing New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to stop his plan to publicly release the names of troopers who have been disciplined.
Lawyer files complaint against county official accused of violating his own stay-at-home order
A county official violated his own extension of a stay-at-home order by attending his grandson’s birthday party, attired in borrowed firefighter gear, according to a complaint filed by a lawyer alleging personal use of taxpayer-owned equipment.
Meet the groups helping to get women elected

“It’s very important that as women, we have leadership roles in the law. … If we’re not participating, if we’re not in leadership roles, our voices aren’t being heard, and our experiences aren’t being taken into consideration,” says Rebecca Dallet, who spent nearly 11 years as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County in Wisconsin.

Lawyer tests positive for coronavirus; officials say he’s second person in NYC to be diagnosed
An attorney at a Manhattan trusts and estates law firm has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Tuesday.
As voters head to polls, DA apologizes for husband’s pointing of gun at protesters
A day before voters headed to the polls to decide whether the Los Angeles district attorney would keep her job, she said her husband was “profoundly sorry” for pointing a gun at protesters who came to their home.
Pass laws making it easier for Native Americans and those without addresses to vote, ABA House urges
Ahead of this year’s presidential election, the ABA House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a pair of resolutions that aim to increase voter participation and minimize voter suppression at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Monday.
Resolution on animal training for police passes; some say such measures aren’t ABA’s ‘core mission’
The importance of providing police officers with comprehensive animal encounter training was addressed in a measure approved by the ABA House of Delegates at the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting in Austin, Texas, on Monday.
Appeals court directs all California cities to follow ‘sanctuary state’ law
All California cities must follow the “sanctuary state” law, which restricts local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents, an appeals court ruled Friday.
Appeals court tosses slip-and-fall award because of admission of Google Maps image
A Florida appeals court has reversed a $90,000 jury award to a woman who slipped and fell on a sidewalk because a Google Maps photo used to bolster her case was not properly authenticated.
5th Circuit judge’s dissent says to prevent mass shootings ‘we should stop punishing police officers’

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Afternoon Briefs: Decisions by nonlawyer judge challenged; abortion law enjoined

Tort claims seek to vacate decisions of judge without a law license

Tort claims filed last week against the Washington state towns of Airway Heights and Cheney claim that defendants’…

What are ombuds? The ABA provides a primer on special day

The term ombudsman has been around for nearly 300 years in Scandinavia and since the 1960s in the United States, so why do many of us still not know what it means? The ABA Dispute Resolution Section Ombuds Committee is working to change that with the second celebration of Ombuds Day on Thursday, Oct. 10.

Legal skirmish pits wealthy town against affordable-housing advocates
For much of the past 13 years, attorney Timothy Hollister has battled local elected officials here on behalf of a developer who wants to build more affordable housing in one of America’s wealthiest towns.
Opioid sellers say judge must recuse because he pushed settlement; 1 defendant files for bankruptcy
Some opioid defendants contend that the federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation should recuse himself partly because his zeal for settlements has created the appearance of bias.

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