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  • Judge sides with Alaska attorney who alleged wrongful firing

    Judge sides with Alaska attorney who alleged wrongful firing

    Court Watch 01/21/2022

    A U.S. judge sided Thursday with an attorney who alleged she was wrongly fired by the state of Alaska over political opinions expressed on a personal blog. U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled that Elizabeth Bakalar’s December 2018 firi...

  • Some Michigan counties pause jury trials amid COVID surge

    Some Michigan counties pause jury trials amid COVID surge

    Court Watch 01/18/2022

    Jury trials have been paused in some western Michigan counties due to a surge in coronavirus cases, court officials said Monday. Chief Judge Mark Trusock said all jury trials in Kent County 17th Circuit Court, based in Grand Rapids, were on hold unti...

  • Appeals court: Illinois counties must end ICE contracts

    Appeals court: Illinois counties must end ICE contracts

    Class Action 01/14/2022

    A federal appeals court has ruled two counties that hold immigrant detainees at local jails must terminate contracts with federal authorities starting Thursday. Leaders in Kankakee and McHenry counties sued over an Illinois law aimed at ending immigr...

  • Partisan letters cost long-serving Alaska magistrate his job

    Partisan letters cost long-serving Alaska magistrate his job

    Court Watch 01/11/2022

    The longest serving magistrate in Alaska is no longer on the bench after writing letters to the editor critical of the Republican party. Former Seward Magistrate George Peck wrote four letters to the editor of the Anchorage Daily News, the latest in ...

  • Cobb County jury trials paused as COVID-19 spreads

    Cobb County jury trials paused as COVID-19 spreads

    Court Watch 01/08/2022

    As COVID-19 cases continue rising across the state of Georgia, the court system in one of its counties has decided to pause jury trials. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert D. Leonard issued an order Monday to cancel trial jurors through Jan. 21,...

  • Griffis beginning 8-year term on Mississippi Supreme Court

    Griffis beginning 8-year term on Mississippi Supreme Court

    Court Watch 01/03/2022

    The Mississippi Supreme Court is holding a ceremony Monday for Justice Kenny Griffis to begin a new term of office. Griffis served 16 years on the state Court of Appeals. In February 2019, then-Gov. Phil Bryant appointed him to fill an open seat on t...

  • Sarah Weddington, lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade, dies at 76

    Sarah Weddington, lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade, dies at 76

    Court Watch 12/26/2021

    Sarah Weddington, a Texas lawyer who as a 26-year-old successfully argued the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the U.S. Supreme Court, died Sunday. She was 76.Susan Hays, Weddington’s former student and colleague, said she died ...

  • Enbridge seeks federal jurisdiction in oil pipeline dispute

    Enbridge seeks federal jurisdiction in oil pipeline dispute

    Court Watch 12/17/2021

    The Canadian company argued that a 2019 lawsuit filed in a state court by Attorney General Dana Nessel should be heard by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff, who last month retained jurisdiction over a separate case initiated by the state of Michigan to ...

  • Supreme Court rejects appeal over press access in Wisconsin

    Supreme Court rejects appeal over press access in Wisconsin

    Legal Marketing 12/13/2021

    The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a conservative think tank over Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to exclude the group’s writers from press briefings. The justices acted without comment Monday, leaving in place lower court rulings th...

  • Court won’t stop Texas abortion ban, but lets clinics sue

    Court won’t stop Texas abortion ban, but lets clinics sue

    Court Watch 12/10/2021

    The Supreme Court on Friday left in place Texas’ ban on most abortions, offering only a glimmer of daylight for clinics in the state to challenge the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. The decision, little more than a week after the ...

  • Italy frees man convicted of 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher

    Italy frees man convicted of 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher

    Court Watch 11/28/2021

    The only person convicted in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher was freed Tuesday after serving most of his 16-year prison sentence, his lawyer said. Attorney Fabrizio Ballarini said Rudy Guede’s planned Jan. 4 release had been...

  • Tunisian trial shines light on use of military courts

    Tunisian trial shines light on use of military courts

    Law Firm News 11/24/2021

    A few days after Tunisia’s president froze parliament and took on sweeping powers in July, a dozen men in unmarked vehicles and civilian clothes barged into politician Yassine Ayari’s family home overnight and took him away in his pajamas...