Whitey Bulger’s girlfriend saw her eight-year sentence upheld by a three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday. The woman, Catherine Greig, is the longtime partner of the reputed girlfriend. Greig previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud, and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. The judges saw no [...]Show More Summary
Liberty University --America’s largest Christian university--had its day in court yesterday against Obamacare before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. It is the most comprehensive legal challenge currently in the federal courts against President Obama’s signature law. Show More Summary
Judges confronted with allegations of racial or ethnic bias among jurors are allowed to investigate the claims, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled yesterday. The opinion created a new exception to case law historically barring judges from questioning...
(Jonathan H. Adler) Today a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in United States v. Blewett, held that the Fair Sentencing Act’s modification of mandatory minimum sentences for crack cocaine must be applied retroactively. Judge Merritt, joined by Judge Martin, wrote for the panel. Judge Gilman dissented. Judge Merritt’s opinion for the [...]
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Obama administration’s denial of asylum granted to the Romeike family, who fled Germany over its strict anti-homeschooling laws. In a press release Tuesday, Michael Farris, founder and...Show More Summary
David Hawkings: "The day's most consequential roll call was at Senate Judiciary, where all eight Republicans joined the 10 Democrats in endorsing Sri Srinivasan for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals." "Such unanimity is anShow More Summary
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board are unconstitutional which therefore tosses out any decisions those Board appointees made. The Philadelphia-based court is the second judicial body to so rule. In January, the D.C. Circuit reached the same general conclusion, [...]Show More Summary
(John Elwood) One of the frequently explanations for why the Supreme Court prefers to let circuit splits develop is that the Justices benefit from having the views of many court of appeals judges before addressing a subject themselves. Today’s Third Circuit opinion in NLRB v. New Vista Nursing & Rehabilitation serves that role admirably, adding two new [...]
A new decision just out today from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals also declares an Obama recess appointment to the NLRB invalid, apparently following similar logic the D.C. Circuit used in its decision in January....
Yes, a second court has now ruled that President Obama's "recess" appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional. The 2-1 decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that came down on Thursday confirmed what the D.C. Show More Summary
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit today unsealed a ruling in a dispute that features a prominent Washington businessman who’s caught up in an investigation of corruption in the 2010 mayoral campaign. Jeffrey Thompson, who has not...
Lawyers for the Federal Election Commission and government contractors on Thursday argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit over a law that forbids the contract holders from making federal campaign donations. The merits of the case,...
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave unanimous approval to Sri Srinivasan to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, clearing the way for him to be the first new judge on the panel since 2006. Srinivasan’s nomination...
Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sri Srinivasan's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. This would be the first new confirmation to D.C. Circuit since 2006....
Two events this morning strike at the heart of whether workers have the right to organize. The first is a brand new decision by two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit striking down President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The second is a [...]
The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama Administration's decision to deny asylum to a German homeschooling family.
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, May 16, 2013: Contracting out of the Limitations Act — the Ontario Court of Appeal provides guidance Justice Canada 2013 Victims of Crime Research Digest Putting...Show More Summary
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a German home-schooling family who applied for asylum on the grounds of religious persecution. Home-schooling is illegal in Germany and some families have lost custody of their children over the issue. Show More Summary
(Jonathan H. Adler) Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided an interesting case concerning the collection of union dues for public school employees in Michigan. In Bailey v. Callaghan, a divided panel upheld Michigan’s Public Act 53 which provides: ““A public school employer’s use of public school resources to assist a labor organization [...]
Nintendo did not infringe on patents held by Motiva LLC in making the Wii controller, the United States Court of Appeals has ruled. In January, the International Trade Commission said that Motiva was only using its motion control patents to sue, and ruled in favor of the Nintendo. Show More Summary