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70 ABA Journal State Government articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Michael Cohen sent back to jail; former state chief justice’s suit against actor can proceed

Trump’s former personal lawyer returns to jail after refusing home confinement terms

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, was returned to jail Thursday after refusing to sign a…

Courthouses in this state grapple with rise in judges and staff testing positive for COVID-19
Several courthouses across Georgia shut down this week as judges and staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Afternoon Briefs: PACER gets a redesign; SCOTUS turns down border wall case

PACER is redesigned to be easier to use

PACER, the federal judiciary’s website for electronic court filings, has gotten a redesign. The site has new navigational tools, simplified instructions…

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.
Indiana attorney general is suspended for 30 days for inappropriate touching at party
Updated: Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has been suspended from law practice for 30 days for the inappropriate touching of four women during a 2018 party at a bar.
Second lawmaker sues over Illinois stay-at-home order; first plaintiff won limited TRO
The co-chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in Illinois has filed a lawsuit that challenges the state’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, calling it “as broad as an ocean.”
Lawyer is accused of threatening governor in social media posts
A Kentucky lawyer was arrested Tuesday on a charge of terroristic threatening for comments that he made about the Democratic Kentucky governor on Facebook.
In new opinion, 5th Circuit halts medication abortions in Texas under nonessential surgery ban
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans reinstated a ban Monday on medication abortions in Texas under the governor’s order banning nonessential surgeries during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Pandemic power plays: Civil liberties in the time of COVID-19

The power to respond to a public health crisis exists in the U.S. Constitution, state constitutions, regulations and case law. But the way they fit together is not always clear, especially in the wake of a modern-day global crisis.

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.

Texas and Ohio AGs say abortions are nonessential medical procedures that must be delayed
Updated: Two state attorneys general have told abortion providers that abortions cannot be performed under state orders to delay nonessential and elective surgeries.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawsuits challenge shutdown orders; judge ordered to stop hearings

Suits challenging shutdown orders fail in two states

Lawsuits challenging shutdown orders in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire have so far been unsuccessful.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Sunday denied a…

New report outlines how legal services can prepare for and respond to disasters
A new report from the Legal Services Corp.'s Disaster Task Force counts 537 presidential disaster-related declarations, including 288 major disaster declarations, from January 2014 to July 2019.
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.
Indiana AG may face license suspension, despite dismissal of sexual misconduct suit

A federal judge dismissed Monday a lawsuit brought against Indiana’s attorney general by four women who accused him of groping them at a 2018 party. The judge said the allegations against Curtis Hill are “disgraceful” but don’t violate any federal laws.

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