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Requirement for jury unanimity in serious cases isn’t retroactive, Supreme Court rules

The requirement for unanimous jury verdicts in serious criminal cases doesn’t apply retroactively to overturn final convictions on federal collateral review, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday.

SCOTUS rules against warrantless seizure of guns while man is in hospital for suicide evaluation

In a unanimous opinion Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against police who seized a man’s guns without a warrant while he was in the hospital for a suicide evaluation.

In challenge to Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court will consider ban on abortions before viability

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the constitutionality of Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The high court agreed to consider one question in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: whether all previability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.

Afternoon Briefs: Trans worker fails to make discrimination case against employer; former DA’s husband gets community service

Transgender employee failed to show discrimination in case against T-Mobile, appeals court says

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans has dismissed claims brought by Elijah Anthony…

Juvenile court judge charged with possession of child pornography faces additional charges

A juvenile court judge who was charged with possession of child pornography in Wisconsin will now face additional federal charges.

Over 40 California prosecutors petition to repeal new rules increasing good-conduct credits for inmates

About two-thirds of California's top county prosecutors are challenging new rules that could make tens of thousands of people incarcerated in the state eligible for early release.

Former New Jersey judge who aimed to increase diversity on the bench dies at 75

A former New Jersey judge who helped create an organization to address the needs of Black students, graduates and practicing attorneys after the Newark, New Jersey, riots in the late 1960s has died.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump-boosting fake lawyer sentenced; 3 of Biden’s new judicial picks have public defender experience

Trump-boosting fake lawyer sentenced to prison

A Tennessee man who founded Students for Trump has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for posing as an elite lawyer and taking…

Federal judge admonishes BigLaw firm and former partner for description of opposing counsel

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has admonished Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and one of its former partners for unsupported claims that an opposing counsel’s demeanor was agitated, combative and “unhinged.”

Disbarment recommended for lawyer accused of ramming car into rented vehicle on ex’s driveway, spitting on cops

A disciplinary referee is recommending immediate disbarment for a suspended Orlando, Florida, lawyer accused of ramming her car into a rented vehicle on her ex-husband’s driveway, breaking his girlfriend’s car windows and spitting on police.

Judge is taken aback when defendant logs in to Zoom arraignment with obscene screen name

A Michigan judge appeared miffed Tuesday when a man charged with possessing drug paraphernalia logged in to his virtual arraignment with the screen name “Buttf- - -er 3000.”

Jones Day documents, hacked in vendor breach, reveal Chicago drone program details

Emails from the city of Chicago and its police department are among the documents stolen from Jones Day in a hack of its file transfer vendor, Accellion. The emails reveal that Chicago started a drone program using money from forfeiture proceeds.

Afternoon Briefs: Cops charged with selling crash info to lawyers; deal reached on McGahn testimony

Officers charged with selling crash info to lawyers

A retired New York police officer and two current officers were charged Tuesday with taking kickbacks from towing companies. Heather Busch, Robert…

As the legal profession ages, dementia becomes an increasing concern

The legal profession may struggle to identify lawyers experiencing cognitive decline, partly because those who are struggling are good at hiding their problem.

Afternoon Briefs: NRA bankruptcy petition tossed; prosecutors say man imprisoned for over 40 years is innocent

Judge tosses NRA bankruptcy petition

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin D. “Cooter” Hale of Dallas has dismissed a Chapter 11 petition filed by the National Rifle Association in its bid…

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