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Judge refuses to allow statutory rapist to share in settlement for son’s wrongful death
A Wisconsin judge has ruled that an absentee father whose son was conceived with his 15-year-old cousin is not entitled to share in an $837,000 settlement for the son’s wrongful death.
Judge says narrow drafting dooms bid by Trump campaign to arbitrate bias suit

A narrowly drafted arbitration clause in a confidentiality agreement doesn’t require arbitration of a bias suit filed by a former Trump campaign staffer, according to a New York judge.

Judge…

Bill proposes greater accountability for New York prosecutors who break the law
In 2013, ProPublica published a series of reports finding that New York prosecutors are almost never punished for misconduct that can land innocent people in prison or let the guilty go free.

That could change in the coming days.

5th Circuit stays judge’s ruling requiring automatic release of indigent misdemeanor suspects
A federal appeals court on Tuesday stayed a portion of a federal judge’s ruling that required the automatic release of misdemeanor defendants in Harris County, Texas, if they were unable to pay bail.
Judge tosses Georgetown law grad’s suit over school job fair ban
A federal judge in Texas has tossed a $5 million lawsuit against Georgetown University’s law school by a graduate who claimed he was barred as an employer from a school hiring fair because of discrimination and retaliation.
Bankruptcy court in Montana confirms Chapter 11 plan that pays $20M to clergy abuse victims
The federal bankruptcy court in Montana has confirmed a Chapter 11 plan for the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings that pays $20 million to victims of clergy sexual abuse.
DOJ is challenging Tennessee ethics opinion on prosecutors’ obligations to disclose evidence

The Justice Department has picked a fight with an obscure ethics agency in Tennessee about how much evidence—called “discovery”—federal prosecutors should have to hand over to defense attorneys there.

It’s…

Judge orders change to cause of death for civil rights lawyer

The cause of death for a civil rights lawyer in Albuquerque, New Mexico, should be changed from “suicide” to “undetermined,” a state judge has ruled.

Judge David Thomson of the…

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones loses a soapbox after FCC seeks fine against pirate radio station

The pirate radio station used by Alex Jones to promote his conspiracy theories is no longer broadcasting over the airwaves after the Federal Communications Commission moved to enforce a fine…

Prominent Indiana lawyer is shot and killed; client in civil case is a suspect

A prominent lawyer was shot and killed at his Indiana home on Wednesday and police have arrested an 83-year-old man in connection with his death.

The slain lawyer is 64-year-old…

Brother-in-law charged in shooting death of Mayer Brown partner Stephen Shapiro
Updated: Police have charged a suburban Chicago man in the shooting death of Mayer Brown partner Stephen Shapiro, the founder of the law firm’s Supreme Court and appellate practice. The suspect is Shapiro's brother-in-law.

John Gately III, 66, of Winnetka, Illinois, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and attempted murder, report the American Lawyer, Patch, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. A press release is here.
Only 1.2% of Chicago police complaints lead to suspension or firing, new data says
Updated: A public data project tracking the allegations of abuse against the Chicago Police Department has quadrupled in size, bringing alarming trends to light.
New trial motion says lawyer’s insults and ‘incurable character assassinations’ prejudiced the jury

A new trial motion filed on behalf of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. argues that a lawyer who sued the company prejudiced jurors through a “steady stream of insults” and…

Judge rejects Harvey Weinstein’s dinner-and a-movie hypothetical, allows civil sex-trafficking suit

A federal judge in Manhattan has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a British actress who sued producer Harvey Weinstein for an alleged violation of the federal sex-trafficking law.

Judge who denied name changes for transgender teens is sued for alleged pattern of bias

A judge in Lebanon, Ohio, says he has no bias against transgender people but is obligated to consider the best interests of a child in name change requests—and that sometimes…

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