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Texas judge is criticized after closing courtroom to protest confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh

Some lawyers are criticizing a judge’s decision to close his misdemeanor courtroom for a day to protest the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge John…

Judge explains why he asked a woman whether she could avoid rape by closing her legs

A New Jersey judge explained Wednesday why he asked a woman seeking a restraining order whether she could have avoided forced sex by closing her legs.

Judge John Russo Jr.…

Several Florida courts remain closed after Hurricane Michael

Courts in seven Florida counties remained closed on Friday along with the federal courthouse in Panama City.

According to a list compiled by the Florida Supreme Court, courts were…

Four women seek special prosecutor after DA declines to file sexual assault charges

Four women are asking the Utah Supreme Court to appoint a special prosecutor to pursue their sexual assault allegations after the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office declined to bring…

5 Arkansas justices file petition in their own court seeking to toss ethics charges against them

Five Arkansas Supreme Court justices are trying to block the state’s judicial discipline agency from sanctioning them over their quick decision to remove a judge from capital cases after he…

Does a diverse bench really matter?
It has been said that justice is blind, and for the legal profession, that is the hope and the ideal that we believe in. Unfortunately, in reality “justice” has many factors that influence outcomes, and the lack of diversity on the bench can lead to unjust results.
Florida Supreme Court rules that current governor can’t replace 3 retiring justices
The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that the state's next governor, not current Gov. Rick Scott, has the authority to choose justices for three seats that will come open in January.
Judge dismisses Trump from climate change suit, says case can go to trial

A lawsuit blaming the federal government for failing to take action to stop climate change can proceed to trial, but the plaintiffs must proceed without President Donald Trump as a…

Hurricane Michael survivors in Florida can call hotline for legal assistance

Hurricane Michael survivors can now call a hotline at 1-866-550-2929 to get legal help from volunteer lawyers.

The hotline is a partnership of the Disaster Legal Services Program of the…

Trump’s ‘con job’ tweet wasn’t defamation of Stormy Daniels, federal judge rules

Updated: A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that a tweet by President Donald Trump was “rhetorical hyperbole” that didn’t defame Stormy Daniels.

U.S. District Judge James Otero tossed…

Lawyer who called decision ‘La La Land on steroids’ is suspended for his wide-ranging criticism

A New York appeals court has suspended a Suffolk County lawyer for three months for “inexcusable” criticism about courts hearing two of his cases.

The New York Supreme Court’s Appellate…

Suspended lawyer is convicted of embezzling $26M from his now-bankrupt law firm

A suspended Atlanta lawyer was convicted Friday for embezzling $26 million from the law firm where he once served as managing partner.

Nathan Hardwick IV was convicted on 21 counts…

Cleveland lawyer is suspended after client secretly recorded his bragging about discovery game

A Cleveland lawyer has been indefinitely suspended after a client secretly recorded his conversation bragging about ignoring the opposing counsel’s discovery requests and calling her “an arrogant bitch.”

The Ohio…

Florida lawyer who uses ‘Ever Argued With a Woman?’ slogan sues law firm for alleged infringement

Bartow, Florida, lawyer Melissa Wilson uses the slogan “Ever Argued With a Woman?” and she is not afraid to argue about it.

In a federal suit filed Tuesday, Wilson…

West Virginia’s top court bars impeachment trial of chief justice on constitutional grounds

The West Virginia Senate is objecting to an order of the state’s top court blocking a justice’s impeachment trial on constitutional grounds.

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