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89 ABA Journal State Government articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Law student expelled after posting flyers; Harvey Weinstein reportedly reaches $25M deal

Suspended law student is expelled after posting ‘okay to be white’ flyers

A suspended law student at Oklahoma City University was expelled after he posted flyers reading “It’s okay to…

Is Texas death row inmate innocent? ABA president urges clemency to prevent ‘irreversible act’
ABA President Judy Perry Martinez is urging Texas not to execute a man whose guilt has been called into question by new evidence that hasn't been reviewed by the courts.
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.
ABA hosts first-ever cannabis and hemp law conference
Police officers subpoena former governor to testify about commuted sentence
Lawyers for 11 Chicago police officers have subpoenaed former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to testify about his reasons for commuting the sentence of a man who has sued them for allegedly railroading the case against him.
Arkansas AG seeks removal of judge from state matters; he is already banned from capital cases

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Tuesday asked the state supreme court to remove a Pulaski County judge from all cases involving her office.

Rutledge claimed that Judge Wendell Griffen…

Afternoon Briefs: Judge says state violated ADA; Notorious B.I.G.’s sampling is fair use, court says

Mississippi violated ADA in its treatment of people with mental illness, judge says

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled this week that Mississippi’s failure to provide community-based mental health care…

Theists-only policy for legislative prayers is constitutional, 3rd Circuit rules

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives didn’t violate the Constitution when it barred nonbelievers from delivering prayers before legislative sessions, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit…

Cellphone use in courthouses is an ‘access-to-justice issue,’ ABA House says
The ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday approved a resolution encouraging courts and bar associations to review their policies on the use and admittance of cellphones in courthouses.
Contentious resolution seeking to redefine consent in sexual assault cases is postponed
The ABA House of Delegates has postponed indefinitely a resolution that would call on legislatures and courts to redefine the consent standard in sexual assault cases, after contentious debate Monday at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Federal judge appears likely to certify unusual ‘negotiation’ class for nation’s cities in massive opioid case
A federal judge in Cleveland appears ready to approve a “negotiation” class representing the nation’s 33,000 cities, towns and counties to try to achieve a settlement in opioid litigation.
ACLU sues after Alaska governor cuts court budget to protest abortion ruling

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska contends that the state’s governor violated the separation of powers when he used a line-item veto to cut the court budget to protest…

Police officers illegally use information from arrests that have been sealed, lawsuit says
When a man named J.J. was arrested in the Bronx in 2016, the public defenders assigned to represent him assumed he’d get a good plea deal. After all, it appeared to be a low-level case. J.J. had been a passenger in his friend’s car when police had pulled them over for allegedly failing to signal a turn; the officers then searched the vehicle and found an unlicensed gun inside.
ACLU sues state police, alleging they’re acting as immigration authorities
Pennsylvania State Police troopers have routinely violated the law by stopping and holding people based solely on their Latino appearance, terrifying drivers and passengers while usurping federal authority to investigate supposed immigration violations, the ACLU claims in a federal lawsuit filed recently.

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