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Court Knocks Down Curbs on Judicial Campaigning in Kentucky — A federal appeals court struck down Kentucky restrictions on judicial candidates on Wednesday, saying they stifled speech protected by the First Amendment. The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, considering a challenge to Kentucky's Code of Judicial Conduct, invalidated prohibitions on campaigning as a member of a political party, making misleading campaign statements and giving speeches to or in support of political parties.

Will Landlords Have to Answer for Awful Neighbors? — The Obama administration is close to issuing a rule that could give tenants grounds to sue their landlords for discriminatory conduct by their neighbors. Last year, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a controversial rule that would hold housing providers liable under the Fair Housing Act for failing to address discrimination against their tenants by third parties - including other tenants.

Appeals Court: Michigan Must Allow Straight-Ticket Voting in November — A federal appeals court rejected efforts by Michigan officials to ban straight-party voting in the coming elections. The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined on Wednesday to stand in the way of a July ruling by a federal trial judge, who pronounced the Republican-backed ban an unconstitutional burden on voting rights, particularly those of African-Americans.

Appeals Court: Maker of Web Spy Tool Can Be Sued for Wiretap Violations — A federal appeals court in Ohio has revived a lawsuit against a company accused of helping a husband spy on his wife and her online friend in violation of state and federal wiretap laws.

Court: Federal Judges Lack Authority to Erase Valid Convictions — A federal appeals court put an end to an experiment by a Brooklyn judge that drew attention to the challenges people with criminal records face trying to find and keep jobs. The Second U.S.

Delaware Court Strikes Down State’s Death-Penalty Law, Citing Supreme Court Ruling — Delaware's highest court on Tuesday struck down the state's death-penalty law, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year that invalidated a similar capital-punishment sentencing regime in Florida. Under the Delaware law, judges weren't bound by jury recommendations in death-penalty cases, and they could weigh factors for and against capital punishment, independent of jury findings.

Court Holds Police Had Right to Ping Suspect’s Cellphone Without Warrant — News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Ruling points to exception to Fourth Amendment that allows police to bypass warrant in emergencies A federal appeals court held Monday that "exigent circumstances" permitted Vermont police to obtain the GPS location of a suspected killer's cellphones without a warrant, sidestepping a ruling on the larger debate over the legality of tracking people through their devices in real time.

John Hinckley Case Led to Vast Narrowing of Insanity Defense — John Hinckley Jr.'s impending release, more than three decades after his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, serves as a reminder of how a single event can change the face of criminal law. Today, fewer than 1% of criminal defendants plead not guilty by reason of insanity like Mr. Hinckley, according to legal experts.

DOJ Cashes Out of Lawsuit Alleging Counterfeit Coins from China — The Justice Department has quietly settled a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from companies the agency had accused of importing counterfeit U.S. coins from China and fooling the U.S. Mint into paying nearly full value for them. A federal district judge in Philadelphia dismissed the case in a July 21 order that said the parties in the case, America Naha Inc.

India Says Cadbury Used Phantom Factory to Avoid Taxes — India has accused Cadbury PLC of dodging about $46 million in taxes by pretending to produce candy at a factory that didn't exist. A 103-page report by the country's tax authorities, which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, accuses Cadbury's Indian unit of manipulating invoices and other documents to get a tax exemption available to companies that began production in new plants in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh by...
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Aug 25, 2016

RT @KateMilani: FBI's DNA database holds 15 million profiles, and scientists hope new method may solve more cases 

Aug 24, 2016

A case of prosecutors withholding medical records that were clearly and profoundly exculpatory: 

Aug 24, 2016

6th Cir: Judicial candidates can identify as Republicans or Democrats, and they can give speeches to that effect 

Aug 24, 2016

Weedy but important: 11th Cir says a fed court entertaining a habeas petition need not "look through" a summary state appeals court decision

Aug 24, 2016

Md. court: Ballistic expert's false testimony about his academic credentials in murder case doesn't merit new trial 

Aug 23, 2016

3rd Cir says Philly's ban on non-commercial ads at the airport "violates the First Amendment" 

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