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Decrease in Black Jail Incarceration Rate and Stabilization of White Rate

“A new report by the Vera Institute of Justice finds that while African Americans are still overrepresented in local jails nationally, the black jail incarceration rate has begun to decline while the white rate has only stabilized. In “Divided Justice: Trends in Black and White Jail Incarceration, 1990-2013,” authors Ram Subramanian, Kristine Riley, and Chris… Continue Reading

John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

New York Times Opinion by retired associate justice of the United States Supreme Court – John Paul Steven: “Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the… Continue Reading

Immigration Court Outcomes by County of Residence

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “We have just added new features that permit the public to examine the immigrant’s residence in all deportation cases before the Immigrant Court. The new features track the state and county of residence during the period FY 2001 through February of 2018. The new tool is particularly powerful because users can… Continue Reading

Linda Brown, center of Brown v. Board case, dies at 76

Topeka Captial-Journal: “Linda Brown, who as a little girl in Topeka was at the center of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ended school segregation in the United States, has died at age 76. Brown’s sister, Cheryl Brown Henderson, founding president of The Brown Foundation, confirmed the death…Linda Brown’s father,… Continue Reading

IRS Referrals for Criminal Prosecution Reach New Low

“The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during January 2018 the government reported receiving 135 new referrals for prosecution from the Internal Revenue Service. According to referral-by-referral data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number was down substantially from its peak four years ago. For the most recent twelve… Continue Reading

Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online on

Historical Supreme Court Cases Now Online – More Than 35,000 Decisions Now Available, Searchable on “More than 225 years of Supreme Court decisions acquired by the Library of Congress are now publicly available online – free to access in a page image format for the first time. The Library has made available more than… Continue Reading

President Trump receives court summons at White House

Think Progress: “Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and Maryland have expanded their lawsuit against President Donald Trump to include Trump in his personal capacity as a businessman. As part of the process, they sent an official summon to Trump at his home, the White House, located on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Lawyers for Trump… Continue Reading

CRS – Modes of Constitutional Interpretation

Modes of Constitutional Interpretation, Brandon J. Murrill, Legislative Attorney. March 15, 2018. “When exercising its power to review the constitutionality of governmental action, the Supreme Court has relied on certain “methods” or “modes” of interpretation—that is, ways of figuring out a particular meaning of a provision within the Constitution. This report broadly describes the most… Continue Reading

Civil Caseloads Vary Markedly for Federal Judges

“The latest available data show that for the year ending December 2017, twelve United States district judges each closed more than a thousand civil cases. Seventeen judges ended the year with a thousand or more pending civil cases. In contrast, the typical active federal district court judge closed around 250 cases this past year, and… Continue Reading

Some Federal Judges Handle An Inordinate Criminal Caseload

“During the past five years, through December 2017, forty-nine federal district court judges each sentenced more than one thousand defendants who appeared before them. All but two of these judges were located in courthouses along the southwest border with Mexico. In contrast, typically judges sentenced several hundred, not several thousand defendants over this five year… Continue Reading

Crapo, Hensarling File Amicus Brief in Support of CFPB Acting Director Mulvaney

Follow-up to recent posting – CRS – D.C. Circuit Upholds as Constitutional the Structure of the CFPB – news from Congress –  On March 2, 2018, “38 Senators and 75 Representatives, led by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), filed an amicus brief in support… Continue Reading

SCOTUS Clarifies Scope Of Whistleblower Protections Under Dodd-Frank

JDSupra – “On February 21, 2018, in the case of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. v. Somers, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided that employees who raise internal complaints about possible violation of securities laws are not protected as whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Act. To obtain protection from retaliatory measures undertaken by their employers, employees must… Continue Reading