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Prosecutors will seek 18 to 24 months in prison for 2 lawyers accused in Molotov cocktail attack on cop car

Prosecutors and two lawyers accused in a Molotov cocktail attack on an unoccupied police car have reached a plea deal that would spare the defendants some prison time.

Appeals court sides with judge who muted man during remote sentencing

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a Missouri man’s rights were not violated when a judge muted him twice during his remote sentencing.

Weekly Briefs: SCOTUS will hear inmate’s appeal of DNA testing; prosecutor accidentally shoots himself

Supreme Court will hear death row inmate’s DNA test bid

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the case of a Texas death row inmate who said DNA…

6th Circuit tells judge he can’t reject plea bargains for ‘extraneous policy considerations’

A federal appeals court has issued a writ of mandamus that requires a Detroit federal judge to reconsider his rejection of a plea bargain after telling the parties that he disapproved of deals that require defendants to waive appeals.

Prosecutor decides 82 days in jail for illegal voter registration ‘is sufficient;’ BLM activist won’t be retried

A Black Lives Matter activist sentenced to six years and a day in prison for an illegal voter registration won’t face a retrial after a Tennessee prosecutor decided to drop the matter.

Weekly Briefs: Prof gets $400K settlement in pronoun case; panic-attack firing leads to $450K verdict

Prof who refused to use preferred pronouns gets $400K settlement

Shawnee State University in Ohio has agreed to pay philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether $400,000 and to rescind a written warning…

Federal judge rejects plea-deal sentence for lawyer accused of stealing nearly $13M from clients

A federal judge in Salt Lake City has rejected a plea deal calling for a sentence of about six years in prison for an estate lawyer accused of stealing $12.7 million from 26 elderly, disabled or incapacitated clients.

Weekly Briefs: Coca-Cola ex-GC’s $12M deal criticized; DOJ mostly loses first of six wage-collusion cases

Coca-Cola’s $12M deal with former GC is criticized

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis & Co. is advising shareholders to vote against Coca-Cola’s executive compensation plan because of the beverage company’s…

SCOTUS should not restrict counsel’s investigations in death penalty cases, ABA says

In an amicus brief filed Monday, the ABA urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm that counsel representing habeas petitioners should be able to investigate new evidence without first proving that the evidence will provide relief to their clients.

Federal judge complains prosecutors want more jail time for Jan. 6 breach than for Kavanaugh protester

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., complained last week that prosecutors seem to be seeking disproportionate sentences for nonviolent offenders who entered the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Teen sentenced to 3 months by SCOTUS nominee Jackson felt ‘confusion and shock’ from images, his lawyer says

Many Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have focused their attention on a three-month sentence that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson imposed on a youth in a child pornography case.

Questioning of Jackson by Sen. Graham labeled ‘testy,’ ‘caustic’ and ‘tirade’

The questioning by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Wednesday of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is getting a lot of press attention, with one publication labeling his sparring a “tirade.”

‘Nothing could be further from the truth,’ Jackson says in response to Sen. Hawley’s sentencing accusations

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday pushed back against accusations that she let child pornography offenders off the hook by giving them lenient sentences for their crimes.

Hawley says he wants answers on SCOTUS nominee Jackson’s below-guidelines sentences

Sen. Josh Hawley expressed concern about Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s sentences in seven child pornography cases during his statement on the first day of her nomination hearing.

McConnell says SCOTUS nominee is backed by ‘soft-on-crime brigade’; Republicans plan to question her sentencing

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee plan to address “a mishmash” of topics as they question U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during her nomination hearing next week.

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