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A pair of Democratic senators just announced they will vote for Trump's Supreme Court nominee

A pair of Democratic senators announced Thursday they will be voting for 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed onto the Supreme Court, breaking with most of the rest of their party. The senators, Joe Manchin...Show More Summary

Crawfish Producers' Suit Revived Against Southern Natural Gas

A judge erred by not reconsidering a decision based on new evidence crawfishermen discovered in a case against a gas company, a federal appeals court said. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an order denying a motion for reconsideration In re. Louisiana Crawfish Producers. The appellate panel......

Appeals court dismisses Fort Smith mascot suit

The Arkansas Court of Appeals has dismissed a complaint that the Fort Smith Board of Education violated the Freedom of Information Act while voting to scrap a high school mascot. … Click to Continue »

Throwing Rocks at Armed Israeli Soldiers Deemed a Terrorist Act

A Palestinian man lost his petition to immigrate to the United States because he threw rocks at Israel soldiers when he was 13 years old, a federal appeals court said. The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said the man's childhood act was "admittedly minor, when compared with the......

Court Rules Against Man Who Brandished Finger Gun

Charles Smith's gun may have been fake, but a New York Court of Appeals ruling against him is very real. Per the Wall Street Journal, the court decided Tuesday to retain Smith's conviction of attempted first-degree robbery instead of reducing the charge, even though it was Smith's hand, not a...

Betty Barry-Deal, pioneering female judge, dies at 95

Betty Barry-Deal, an honor student whose gender slowed the start of her legal career in the 1950s but who later became the first female justice on the state Court of Appeal in San Francisco, has died at age 95. “Justice Barry-Deal was a legal trailblazer her entire career,” said Deborah Hoffman, spokeswoman for Gov. Show More Summary

Second Circuit on Gender Stereotyping

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a fascinating per curiam opinion this week that addresses gender stereotyping and directly implicates sexual orientation issues. The opinion, Christiansen v. Omnicom Group, is available here. Of particular note is...

How a Gay Employee Fought Horrific Discrimination and Won a Major Legal Victory

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2 nd Circuit ruled that Matthew Christiansen could sue his employer for the horrific sexual harassment he allegedly suffered on the job. Specifically, the court found that Christiansen could...Show More Summary

2nd Circuit Chief Judge: Anti-Gay Employment Discrimination Is Already Illegal Nationwide

On Monday, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann of the 2 nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals wrote that anti-gay employment discrimination is almost certainly prohibited under existing federal law. Katzmann urged the 2 nd Circuit to reconsider precedent...Show More Summary

Split the Ninth Circuit?

A House Judiciary hearing airs both sides on the question of breaking up the very large and busy Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals [ABA Journal, earlier] Tags: Ninth Circuit Split the Ninth Circuit? is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

“The Holmes Case: Deceptively Dangerous for Campaign Contribution Limits”

Noah Lindell for the CLC Blog: On Wednesday, the full panel of judges at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Holmes v. FEC. This is a seemingly minor case that could have major implications for … Continue reading ?

Colorado appeals court sides with teenagers fighting oil and gas industry

Teenagers fighting environmental destruction at the hands of the oil and gas industry in Colorado just celebrated a victory. Last week the Colorado Court of Appeals sided with teenage activist and Earth Guardians director Xiuhtezcatl...Show More Summary

‘Pirate’ Movie Streaming Sites Declared Legal By Italian Court

A Court of Appeal in Rome has overturned a 600,000 euro ruling against four unlicensed sites that offered streaming movies to the public. The Court found that merely providing links does not qualify as distributing files protected by...Show More Summary

A Colorado appeals court sided with a group of teenagers who sued the oil industry for not protecting the environment

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a group of teenagers on Thursday, reversing a lower court ruling and opining that the state must hold public health and environmental protection to a higher level of importance than the...Show More Summary

Appeals court sets schedule on Trump immigration appeal

The first federal appeals court’s review of President Trump’s revised order limiting immigration from six Mideast nations will go forward on an expedited schedule, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided Thursday.

Third Appeal for Bergdahl Filed

Bowe’s lawyers are at it again, filing yet another appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on the issue of President Trump’s undue command influence. The previous appeals were denied by lower courts because his remarks were made as a private citizen. “Attorneys for accused Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl took […]

Appeals court revives case challenging death row conditions

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging conditions on death row in Virginia. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the … Click to Continue »

Gorsuch Represents Directions America Should Take

Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings have been refreshing to watch. Democrats, many of whom approved of his becoming a judge on the Court of Appeals over a decade ago, recognize that he is exceptionally qualified for the Supreme Court,...Show More Summary

Wisconsin man who threatened to kill Obama loses appeal

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The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Wednesday rejected Brian Dutcher's request that his January 2016 jury conviction be set aside because of a lack of evidence. Dutcher, 56, of Tomah, said he had been unable to carry out his threat, having been armed only with a slingshot, and no one took him seriously. Show More Summary

“Common Cause and Georgia NAACP Appeal Lower Court Ruling Greenlighting Georgia Voter Roll Purge”

Release: Common Cause and the Georgia NAACP filed notice of appeal today with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in response to a lower court dismissal of their complaint against Georgia Secretary of State Kemp for violating section 8 of … Continue reading ?

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