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  • 'Hotel California' Trial Collapse Reveals Privilege Rift

    The recent midtrial implosion of a Manhattan district attorney case over Eagles frontman Don Henley's allegedly stolen album notes had both sides crying ethical fouls — exposing thorny questions about what happens when the attorney-client privilege of a witness comes into conflict with a criminal defendant's Sixth Amendment rights.

  • Up Next At High Court: Gov't Jawboning & Retaliatory Arrests

    The U.S. Supreme Court has a packed oral arguments calendar this week that includes disputes over the Biden administration's work with social media companies to combat misinformation, the appropriate evidence standard for bringing retaliatory arrest claims and whether the federal government can object to a consent decree entered into by three states.

  • Trump Case DA Won DQ Battle, But Legal War Far From Over

    The resignation of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis' former romantic partner and top lieutenant in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump and others will not end the legal wrangling or intense scrutiny over Willis' presence in the high-profile case, experts told Law360.

  • Judiciary Clarifies Judge Shopping Policy After Senator Letter

    The Judicial Conference of the United States said Friday that its updated policy aimed at preventing litigants from shopping for the judge of their choice is not intended to overstep judges' authority or discretion under the law, issuing guidance one day after Republican senators pushed back against the policy.

  • Navarro Appeals To High Court To Stay Free As Prison Looms

    Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro turned to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday in his efforts to evade prison while he appeals his conviction for defying a subpoena related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  • Ga. Juror's Google Search Sinks Child Cruelty Conviction

    A Georgia court of appeals threw out in part a man's conviction in a sexual battery and cruelty to children case after a juror looked up the charges on Google during re-deliberation, finding Friday that he is entitled to a new trial on one of the seven counts against him.

  • White House Stands By 3rd Circ. Nominee Amid GOP Attacks

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday urged the Senate to confirm Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge, amid widespread criticism from Republicans and a report that the votes might not be there to secure confirmation.

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    Trump's NY Trial Delayed After Late Document Dump

    A New York judge on Friday postponed for at least several weeks the Manhattan district attorney's hush money trial against Donald Trump, citing a last-minute deluge of discovery from federal prosecutors.

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    Ginsburg Family Rips Award In Her Name To Musk, Murdoch

    Calling the decision an "affront" to her memory, family members and associates of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have taken aim at how the foundation presenting her eponymous leadership award has named Elon Musk, Rupert Murdoch, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart and Michael Milken as the 2024 honorees.

  • Senate Poised To Vote On Union Atty Berner For 4th Circ.

    The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on Tuesday night on the confirmation of Nicole Berner, general counsel of the Service Employees International Union, for the Fourth Circuit.

  • Attys, Broker Fight For Advice-Of-Counsel Defense In Tax Trial

    Two St. Louis attorneys and a North Carolina insurance agent staring down criminal tax charges in North Carolina federal court said the government can't prevent them from relying on advice-of-counsel defenses at their upcoming trial, arguing they've handed over all the information prosecutors need to prepare.

  • Fla. Judge Can't Get Free Speech Ruling, Ethics Panel Told

    Special counsel for a Florida ethics panel is pushing back against a state judge's bid to exclude evidence from her ethics case that alleges her campaign speech about a rival amounted to ethical violations, saying such a ruling would be premature.

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    New Deputy Chief Counsel Appointed To Pennsylvania Courts

    Pennsylvania's state court management office has tapped an attorney with nearly 15 years of experience advising state officials to serve as deputy chief counsel.

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    Direct Hit On Tax Regs Unlikely If Justices Ditch Chevron

    A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court later this year on two cases challenging the so-called Chevron doctrine, which gives federal agencies wide latitude to interpret ambiguous laws, isn't likely to immediately affect tax regulations.

  • High Court Won't Intervene In West Texas Drag Show Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Friday to force West Texas A&M University to let an LGBTQ student group host a charity drag show on campus while the group challenges the university president's decision to prohibit the event as unconstitutional. 

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the Ides of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    JAMS Silicon Valley Office Adds Ex-California Judge

    The alternative dispute resolution service JAMS is expanding its mediation team, announcing this week it is adding a former California state judge as a mediator.

  • Justices Back Strict View Of Sentencing 'Safety Valve' Relief

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to let a broader class of nonviolent drug offenders qualify for relief from federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, siding against certain recidivists in a ruling that focused on the meaning of the word "and" in a section of the First Step Act.

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    Justices Craft Test To Decide If Social Media Use Is Official

    The U.S. Supreme Court adopted a new test Friday to determine if a public official's social media use constitutes state action subject to liability under the First Amendment, instructing courts to consider whether the official had authority to speak on the government's behalf and whether they purported to do so in the challenged action.

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    Wade Resigns From Ga. Election Case After Judge's Ultimatum

    Special prosecutor Nathan Wade resigned Friday from the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants, hours after a judge ruled that either he or Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis must do so in order for the case to move forward.

  • GOP Sens. Rebuff Policy Meant To Stop Judge Shopping

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and two other Republican senators on Thursday sent a letter urging chief judges to continue to assign cases as they see fit despite the Judicial Conference of the United States' newly tweaked policy aimed at preventing litigants from "shopping" for the judge of their choice.

  • DC Circ. Won't Delay Prison For Ex-Trump Aide Peter Navarro

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday refused to permit former White House adviser Peter Navarro to avoid reporting to prison by Tuesday while he appeals his sentence, ruling that Navarro hasn't shown that his appeal is likely to result in a new sentence that doesn't involve imprisonment.

  • Trump Can't Duck Classified Doc Charges Over Vagueness

    The Florida federal judge overseeing the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump over the alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate denied his bid Thursday to toss the indictment based on the "unconstitutional vagueness" of the Espionage Act, opting instead to punt the issue to later in the case.

  • Judge's Loss In Primary Moots Ballot Contest, Court Told

    The winner of the Democratic nomination for a Harris County judgeship told a state court Wednesday that the current judge's lawsuit challenging her candidacy should be tossed, arguing he lost standing after he lost the March 5 primary.

  • Sen. Menendez Loses Bid To Nix Corruption Charges

    A New York federal judge on Thursday rejected U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's bid to dismiss his bribery case, ruling none of the government's allegations target actions that could be considered protected activity under the U.S. Constitution.

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