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"I Don't Think We Accept These," Says TSA Agent, Peering at D.C. License [Update]

Turns out they do, so that was good news for Ashley Brandt, who was therefore allowed to fly back from Phoenix to her home in the District of Columbia. Which, as some of you may know, is part of the...          Related Stories Pacifists Get Jail Term for Making Country Safer New Mexico Colon-Invasion Case Settles for $1.6 Million Judge Rules for Plaintiff in No-Fly Case  

Obamacare Tax Credit Lawsuit Struck Down by D.C. District Court

A lawsuit challenging the extension of Obamacare tax credits to federally run health insurance markets was struck down by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In Halbig v. Sebelius, plaintiffs sued the Obama administration regarding an IRS rule that states that enrollees of the Affordable Care Act......

About Half of State AGs Favor Same-Sex Marriage

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage. But the number of top law enforcement officers who support the right of same-sex couples to get married well eclipses that – and appears to be growing.

D.C. Judicial Review Group Discusses Financial Disclosure Rules

The amount of information disclosed to the public about the finances of District of Columbia judges is under review. The District of Columbia Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure had a "thoughtful discussion" about the amount of information made public...

Net Neutrality Ruling: What are the FCC’s Options?

While striking down federal rules mandating equal treatment of Internet traffic, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit left the Federal Communications Commission with some some wiggle room to regulate Internet providers.

D.C. Court Funding Drops Slightly in Budget Deal

The congressional budget deal announced late Monday would restore to the District of Columbia local court system money that was cut under last year's sequester, but the agreement provides less funding than court officials wanted. The proposed budget for fiscal...

'Murder Inc.' Defendants Allege Prosecutorial Misconduct

New allegations of prosecutorial misconduct have surfaced involving the prosecution of one of the most notorious gangs in District of Columbia history. Eleven years ago, a federal jury in Washington convicted Kevin Gray and Rodney Moore of multiple counts of...

D.C. Bar CLE: Disciplinary Year in Review on Jan.13

Coming to a conference center near you: the D.C. Bar presents, "Disciplinary Year in Review: District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia," a CLE course. The course takes place on Monday, January 13, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center. With all of available CLE......

D.C. Lawyers Renominated to Superior Court

Three Washington attorneys picked last year for the District of Columbia Superior Court were renominated yesterday by President Barack Obama. The nominations of William Nooter, Sherry Trafford and Steven Wellner are back on track for consideration by the Senate. Unlike...

New Lawyer Named to D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission

Ronald Flagg, vice president and general counsel of the Legal Services Corp., is the newest member of the District of Columbia commission that vets lawyers applying to become judges on the city’s local courts. Flagg replaces Karl Racine, a Venable...

Disciplinary Suspensions Mount Against D.C.-Area Attorney

A local attorney has been suspended from practicing in the District of Columbia and Maryland for the second time since 2009 for breaking attorney ethics rules. Garland Stillwell was first suspended in 2009 for misrepresenting his title at Pillsbury Winthrop...

Mann v. Steyn Mulligan

On December 19, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals effectively erased Michael Mann’s initial court victory in his defamation lawsuit against Mark Steyn, National Review, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  Here’s how Mark Steyn pithily summarizes the developments: 1. Show More Summary

DOJ Lawyer Disciplined for Lapsed Bar Membership

From 1990 to 2011, a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer practiced law without an active bar membership, according to a letter issued last month by District of Columbia attorney disciplinary officials. Laura Heiser received an informal admonition—the least severe form...

Two Lawyers Appointed as Superior Court Magistrate Judges

A public defender and children's law attorney were recently appointed as magistrate judges in the District of Columbia Superior Court. The court today announced the appointments of Renee Raymond and Sean Staples. They'll begin serving in January after finishing training....

Boies Schiller Partner Nominated to D.C. Federal Trial Court

Tanya Chutkan, a partner in the Washington office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, is President Barack Obama's latest pick to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Chutkan was one of eight U.S. district court nominees...

Consumer Agency, 49 States Win $2B in Relief for Homeowners

Citing "systemic misconduct at every stage of the mortgage servicing process," the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 49 states and the District of Columbia will require one of the country's largest mortgage loan servicers to provide $2.1 billion in relief to...

Court Reverses Sanctions Against Tax Office for Faulty Computer System

The District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue's computer system was like something out of "The Terminator," Senior Judge Frank Schwelb of the D.C. Court of Appeals wrote: a machine "defying the will of those who programmed it." For...

Lawyers Recommended to Fill D.C. Appeals Court Vacancy

The District of Columbia's solicitor general, a D.C. Superior Court judge and a law firm partner are a local commission's top picks to fill an open seat on the D.C. Court of Appeals. Eleven lawyers and judges applied to fill...

Court Adopts Broad Definition of 'Performance of Duty' in Police Case

A lieutenant in the Metropolitan Police Department who said she suffered psychological problems after facing retaliation at work should be considered an employee injured in "performance of duty," the District of Columbia Court of Appeals said. A three-judge panel yesterday...

Hogan Lovells Sues Airline for $159,000 in Legal Fees

Hogan Lovells is suing People Express Airlines Inc. for nearly $160,000 in legal fees the firm claims it's owed. Hogan filed a lawsuit on Dec. 11 in the District of Columbia Superior Court against the start-up airline company. According to...

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