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SCOTUS justices avoid mention of ‘profane past participle’ in arguments on scandalous trademarks

U.S. Supreme Court justices and lawyers arguing a case involving the FUCT clothing line managed to avoid saying the word during oral arguments Monday.

State lawmakers consider right to grow front yard veggies after couple’s court loss

A couple’s appellate loss in their quest to grow a front yard vegetable garden has attracted the attention of Florida lawmakers.

The Florida Senate passed a bill in March that…

Federal judge compares Trump’s attacks on judiciary to KKK tactics

In a speech last week at his law school alma mater, a Mississippi federal judge compared President Donald Trump’s attacks on the judiciary to tactics used by segregationists and lawyers for the Ku Klux Klan.

Lawyer’s ethics complaint targets 5th Circuit judge for alleged ‘vitriolic’ dissent

A Texas civil rights lawyer has filed a misconduct complaint against a federal appeals court judge that takes issue with the tone of her dissent in a gerrymandering case.

The…

New bill would end ‘bureaucratic nightmare’ for Public Service Loan Forgiveness program

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., have introduced the What You Can Do for Your Country Act of 2019 to bolster the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which Gillibrand says is “failing to meet its obligation” to ease student debt.

WikiLeaks’ Assange arrested after asylum revoked; US charges him with conspiracy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police Thursday after Ecuador revoked his asylum for “discourteous and aggressive behavior” and meddling in the internal affairs of other countries.

AG Barr says he will review ‘spying’ on Trump campaign and origins of the Russia investigation

Updated: U.S. Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers Wednesday that he plans to assemble a team to help him review the conduct of intelligence agencies with regard to the Trump campaign.

AG Barr plans to use color-coding to explain Mueller report redactions

U.S. Attorney General Will Barr said Tuesday that he plans to use color-coding and notes to explain redactions in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Barr told the House…

GPS ankle monitors can call and record people without consent; do they violate 5th Amendment?

Updated: GPS electronic monitoring devices made by a company called the Track Group can call and record people who are required to wear the ankle monitors because they are on probation or awaiting trial.

Federal judge blocks remain-in-Mexico policy for asylum-seekers

A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration policy that generally requires asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico as they await their hearings.

Top state court judge leaves bench to lead legal services think tank

Following 14 years on the Arizona Supreme Court, Chief Justice Scott Bales will be stepping down at the end of July. In September, he will take over leadership of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, an independent research center located at the University of Denver.

A ‘budding bromance’? These 2 justices mostly agree in SCOTUS decisions so far

The U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice, Brett M. Kavanaugh, has sided with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in all but one of 25 official decisions.

USA Today notes…

ABA says decision of revoked war crimes prosecutor’s visa should be reversed; no US honeymoon for this lawyer

Updated: The United States has revoked the visa of the chief prosecutor to the International Criminal Court because she has requested an investigation into war crimes in Afghanistan that could…

DC Circuit bars release of grand jury materials to author; are there implications for Mueller report?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that judges don’t have inherent authority to order the release of grand jury information that is protected by secrecy rules.

House sues to block Trump’s use of funds for border wall

The House of Representatives filed a lawsuit Friday contending that President Donald Trump usurped its legislative authority when he used an emergency declaration to appropriate funds for a border wall.

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