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    Ga. Judge Tosses 6 Counts In Trump Indictment

    A Georgia judge on Wednesday threw out six counts of the indictment charging former President Donald Trump and several of his co-defendants with solicitation of violation of oath by a public officer, saying the state didn't provide enough detail in the charges to allow the defendants to properly defend themselves.

  • Harris Co. Atty Made To 'Fix' Colleague's Racism, Suit Alleges

    A former Houston-area county staff attorney claims she was buried in work, targeted with racist harassment and finally fired following her request to work remotely to manage disabling pain after coronavirus precautions were lifted at the courthouse, according to a lawsuit filed in Texas court.

  • Trump Floats Quasi-Advice Of Counsel Defense For NY Trial

    Donald Trump's attorneys told a New York judge they will argue that he lacked intent to commit the felonies alleged in his hush money case because the former president knew he had attorneys involved in the payoffs to women during his 2016 election campaign, but that it's not quite an advice-of-counsel defense.

  • Ill. High Court Hopeful Wants More Transparent Bench

    An intermediate appellate judge vying to join Illinois' highest court says sitting justices need to be far more transparent and take an active role in combating actual and perceived conflicts of interest.

  • Judiciary Touts New Policy To Rein In Judge Shopping

    The Judicial Conference of the United States on Tuesday said it has updated a policy on random case assignments to ensure litigants can't shop for the judge of their choice by going to a one-judge division of a district court.

  • Baldwin Can Delay Depo But Not Discovery In Civil 'Rust' Case

    A New Mexico state judge ruled Tuesday that Alec Baldwin cannot be deposed in a civil lawsuit connected to the "Rust" movie fatal on-set shooting until after the actor is tried on related criminal charges, but said the civil case can otherwise move forward.

  • Atty Chided For Gun Confiscation Bid In Trump Defamation Row

    A Philadelphia attorney handling a Pennsylvania election worker's defamation case against Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and two Delaware County poll watchers improperly couched a bid to confiscate the poll watchers' guns, among other things, as a discovery motion, a state judge ruled Tuesday.

  • Ohio Atty Disbarment Sparks Call For Criminal Rule Change

    The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred an attorney convicted of joining her boyfriend in the sexual abuse of his young daughter, rejecting as too lenient a state ethics board's recommendation that the attorney be suspended, and resurfacing a call for criminal justice reform from one justice of the court.

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    Civil Cases On The Rise In Federal Courts

    The number of civil cases filed in the federal courts jumped significantly in fiscal 2023, led by disputes between multiple states' citizens and personal injury suits, after a decrease in civil filings the year before, the federal judiciary said Tuesday.

  • Ex-Judge Loses Suit Over 'Tsunami Of Public Ridicule'

    An appellate court has refused to revive a former New York state trial court judge's suit accusing a Democratic county committee and several related officials of releasing a "tsunami of public ridicule" against her, saying her breach of contract claims lacked legal standing and her defamation claim was untimely.

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    Ex-Bankruptcy Judge Cites Judicial Immunity To Escape Suit

    Former Texas bankruptcy judge David R. Jones — whose failure to disclose a romantic relationship with an ex-Jackson Walker LLP attorney ignited a major judicial ethics scandal — has moved to dismiss a disgruntled investor's suit that claims Jones gave a Jackson Walker client preferential treatment during its Chapter 11 case, citing judicial immunity.

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    Hartmann Doherty Adds Another Ex-County Prosecutor In NJ

    Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia LLP built out its criminal defense and litigation teams with the hire of a former Bergen County assistant prosecutor and terrorism and counterintelligence expert, the firm recently announced.

  • Head Of Rutgers Race Justice Program Defends 3rd Circ. Nom

    The director of a Rutgers University program that has drawn controversy amid a confirmation battle for a Third Circuit seat said Tuesday that she is "disappointed though not surprised" by the attacks on nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed.

  • Ill. Judge Confirmed As Progressives Seek Faster Approvals

    The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm a U.S. magistrate judge to the Northern District of Illinois and a vice president at Capital One Financial to the Western District of Virginia as a large progressive legal organization wants the Senate to ramp up its judicial confirmations.

  • Insider Trader Cites 'Carelessness' Of BigLaw Ex-Girlfriend

    A former FBI trainee who kickstarted an insider trading scheme by looking at the confidential files of his then-girlfriend, a Covington & Burling LLP associate, has told a sentencing judge he isn't trying to downplay the seriousness of his actions by pointing to her "carelessness."

  • 3rd Circ. Pick Affirms Muslim Lawyer Event Amid GOP Attacks

    Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi, who will be the first Muslim federal appeals court judge if confirmed and has been facing attacks from Republicans, has updated the Senate Judiciary Committee with an event he "inadvertently" left off his nominee questionnaire.

  • 3rd Circ. Finds No Reason To Disturb AbbVie Privilege Ruling

    The Third Circuit has found that AbbVie was unable to show that a Pennsylvania federal court went against precedent or made an error when ordering the drugmaker to turn over attorney communications from a "sham" patent case allegedly meant to delay AndroGel competitors.

  • Fla. Judge Says Campaign Speech Didn't Violate Ethics Rules

    A Florida state court judge charged with ethics violations is attempting to stop a disciplinary panel from presenting evidence that a speech she made during a campaign against a rival in 2022 violated the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct, saying that it's protected by the First Amendment.

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    Atty For Alex Jones' Infowars Gets OK To Bow Out Of Case

    A Texas bankruptcy judge on Monday approved a request by the lead attorney for Alex Jones' media company to step away from work on its Chapter 11 case following disputes with the debtor's chief restructuring officer, who the lawyer said withheld pay in retaliation for the conflict.

  • Ethics Watchdog Eyes Conn. Atty Who Slapped Lawyer

    A Connecticut lawyer who has faced previous disciplinary actions is expected to be scrutinized by an ethics panel after being convicted of slapping an attorney outside a Nutmeg State courthouse and other criminal infractions.

  • Conn. Judge Pick Takes Heat As Other Nominees Advance

    The Connecticut legislature's joint judiciary committee voted to issue favorable reports Monday on 21 of Gov. Ned Lamont's nominees for the state court bench, but several lawmakers raised concerns about one pick's reputation, with a Democratic leader saying that holding a vote on assistant state prosecutor Devant J. Joiner's nomination was "a real slap in the face" given questions about his temperament.

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    Covington Holdout Drops SEC Cyberattack Appeal

    The anonymous Covington & Burling LLP client who objected to a demand that they reveal themselves to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a victim of a 2020 hack on the law firm agreed on Monday to drop the appeal of the subpoena enforcement action.

  • Trump Wants NY Trial Paused As Justices Weigh Immunity

    Donald Trump asked a New York judge to pause his hush-money case to await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate case on whether he is shielded from criminal charges by presidential immunity.

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    Magnet Co. Says Feds' Leak On PACER Bars ITAR Charges

    A rare-earth magnets manufacturer and executives facing an April criminal conspiracy trial asked a Kentucky federal judge Monday to trim charges that they violated the International Traffic in Arms Regulations by sending sensitive technical data to a Chinese company, arguing that prosecutors recently disclosed the allegedly sensitive materials in court filings.

  • Philly DA Can't Escape Sanctions Over Lack Of Candor

    A Third Circuit panel has ruled that Philadelphia's district attorney, Larry Krasner, must apologize to the family of two 1984 murder victims after his office was less than forthcoming in proceedings over post-conviction relief sought by one of the killers.

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