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26824 ABA Journal States articles.

DOJ rule change would allow some executions by firing squad and electrocution
The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday published a final rule change that would allow federal executions to be carried out in any manner allowed in the state where the death sentence was imposed.
With Barrett in majority, Supreme Court lifts COVID-19 restrictions on religious services
In a 5-4 ruling Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked two COVID-19 caps on attendance at religious services in New York.
‘Calling an election unfair does not make it so,’ 3rd Circuit says
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a bid to decertify Pennsylvania’s election results by President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Afternoon Briefs: Trump pardons Michael Flynn; lawyer suspended for cyberattack knowledge

Trump pardons former national security adviser Flynn

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the…

Survey finds sexual harassment still a problem in New York courts, and lawyers are worst offenders
A majority of female lawyers responding to a survey by a New York judicial committee reported inappropriate or demeaning conduct by other attorneys.
En banc 5th Circuit allows Medicaid defunding of Planned Parenthood
Medicaid patients don’t have a right to sue over a state’s decision to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, the en banc 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans ruled Monday.
Judge who forced child into lockup, traded F-words with defendant, loses retention bid

A Cook County, Illinois, judge shown on video forcing a child into a holding cell is only the second judge in the county to lose a retention bid since 1990. Judge Jackie Portman-Brown fell short of the 60% “yes” vote needed to retain her seat.

Afternoon Briefs: Judiciary committee will get new top Dem; top Pennsylvania court rejects 5 election suits

Feinstein steps down as top Democrat on Senate Judiciary Committee

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is stepping down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee after criticism…

Bail reform in this county didn’t have any impact on new criminal activity, new study says
Bail reform in the county that includes Chicago had no impact on new criminal activity or violent criminal activity of defendants who were released before trial, according to a new study.
Law Society of British Columbia launches ‘innovation sandbox’ to address access-to-justice gap

The law society’s initiative comes several months after the Utah Supreme Court launched its own regulatory sandbox amid a growing movement in North America to open up the legal marketplace to nonlawyer financial interests and practitioners.

Can being forced to listen to ‘Baby Shark’ be considered cruel and unusual punishment?

I can’t pinpoint exactly what makes the song so intolerable after repeated listens. All I know is I’m not alone. Other adults have realized “Baby Shark” can be weaponized, and they are using it to their advantage.

Years of service: Mark Daniel Maloney reflects on journey with Rotary International

“It is an opportunity to connect while you are doing good in the world,” says Mark Daniel Maloney, a member of Blackburn, Maloney and Schuppert and now the immediate past president of Rotary International. “It is wonderful to be a volunteer, but you go in and you perform the service, and you leave.”

Afternoon Briefs: Trump campaign eschews conspiracy-minded lawyer; New Jersey law protects judges’ privacy

Trump campaign distances from lawyer Sidney Powell

The Trump campaign has distanced itself from lawyer Sidney Powell after she made unsupported claims that voting machines had been rigged and Republican…

Federal judge criticizes DOJ’s fee agreement with BigLaw firm, says the amount is unreasonable
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has questioned the U.S. Department of Justice’s agreement to pay more than $212,000 in fees and expenses to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer to settle a case over the exclusion of New York residents from trusted traveler programs.
Trump campaign’s legal strategy has faltered partly because of legal ethics, law prof says
The Trump campaign's legal strategy is faltering partly because of ethics rules requiring lawyers to be candid with courts and avoid frivolous claims, according to a law professor who teaches legal ethics.

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