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205 ABA Journal State Government articles.

Weekly Briefs: Judge lifts Trump sanction, for now; $997M settlement offered in condo collapse

Judge willing to accept $110K, cooperation to end Trump sanction

A trial-level judge in New York lifted a $10,000 daily civil contempt sanction against former President Donald Trump on…

Texas law banning censoring of social media users for viewpoints can take effect, 5th Circuit says

A federal appeals court has allowed a Texas law to take effect that prohibits larger social media platforms from censoring users based on their political views.

California bill would discourage secrecy in court orders and settlements

A bill that cleared California’s Senate Judiciary Committee last month would discourage secrecy about safety hazards discovered in litigation.

New Arizona law will require state bar to pay attorney fees in lost legal discipline cases

A new law requires the State Bar of Arizona to pay legal fees of lawyers targeted for legal discipline who prevail in their ethics cases.

Citing Purcell principle, 11th Circuit reinstates voting restrictions in Florida

A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated provisions in Florida’s restrictive election law, saying a lower court judge had blocked the restrictions too close to the August primary.

Bid to block Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from ballot fails after state judge rules in her favor

An administrative law judge in Georgia ruled Friday that there is insufficient evidence to show that Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia engaged in insurrection, dealing a defeat to challengers who claimed that the U.S. Constitution banned her reelection.

Texas state prosecutor faces ethics complaint over election suit; AG Paxton says he’s next

Texas disciplinary authorities on Friday filed a lawsuit against a Texas assistant attorney general for alleged “dishonest” assertions in a U.S. Supreme Court case claiming that voting machines had switched votes.

State AG probes Texas Bar Foundation for allegedly aiding ‘mass influx of illegal aliens’

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has opened an investigation into the Texas Bar Foundation for “possibly aiding and abetting the mass influx of illegal aliens,” according to a May 6 press release.

Execution stayed for Texas woman who confessed in toddler’s death after 100 denials

The top criminal court in Texas has stayed the execution of Melissa Elizabeth Lucio, who confessed to the murder of her 2-year-old daughter after repeated denials during an hourslong interrogation.

Judge holds Trump in contempt, fines him $10K per day in fight over business documents

A state court judge in New York City has held former President Donald Trump in civil contempt and ordered him to pay $10,000 per day until he turns over subpoenaed documents or takes other steps to show that they don't exist.

As states consider regulation targeting transgender youths, some minds have been changed

A lawyer at the National Center for Lesbian Rights says despite several legislative obstacles, many LGBTQ clients are finding support from churches, neighbors and schools.

GOP targets state courts with campaign cash, laws that change judicial elections

Seeking a more favorable climate in fights over election maps, Republicans are planning to spend record amounts on state supreme court races and introducing legislation to make judicial elections more political.

GOP opposition blocks bill to name federal courthouse after Black judge, a ‘legal legend’

A measure to name a federal courthouse after the first Black judge on the Florida Supreme Court was recently blocked in the U.S. House of Representatives after one lawmaker found a news clip on a prayer ruling.

South Dakota attorney general is impeached over fatal car crash

The South Dakota House of Representatives impeached the state attorney general by a 36-31 vote Tuesday in response to a September 2020 car crash in which he killed a pedestrian.

Can Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene be banned from reelection? 14th Amendment at issue

Georgia voters who want to ban a reelection bid by Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene got a boost Friday, when a federal judge in Atlanta indicated that she will likely allow the election challenge.

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