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Sen. Whitehouse Lodges Ethics Complaint Against Justice Samuel Alito

“U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Courts Subcommittee, today wrote a letter Chief Justice John Roberts to lodge an ethics complaint against Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for violating several canons of judicial ethics.  Whitehouse’s formal complaint follows revelations that Justice Alito accepted but did not disclose gifts of luxury travel… Continue Reading

AI Litigation Database

“This database presents information about ongoing and completed litigation involving artificial intelligence, including machine learning. It covers cases from complaint forward – as soon as we learn of them – whether or not they generate published decisions. It is intended to be broad in scope, covering everything from algorithms used in hiring and credit and… Continue Reading

An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Federal Judges

An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence for Federal Judges by James E. Baker, Laurie N. Hobart, Matthew Mittelsteadt – Judges must understand how AI works, its applications, its implications for the fact-finding process, and its risks. They should be able to answer the following four questions in context: 1. How is AI being used in court… Continue Reading

Unforgotten on the Day of the Disappeared: Missing human rights advocates

Via LLRX – Unforgotten on the Day of the Disappeared: Missing human rights advocates – On August 30th each year the world is reminded that hundreds of thousands of people in at least 85 countries don’t know where their loved ones are, or even whether they are alive or dead. For the victims of enforced… Continue Reading

Fulton judge says Trump court proceedings will be televised

Atlanta Journal Constitution: “A Fulton County judge on Thursday said that all court proceedings in the election interference case against former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants will be live streamed and televised. Judge Scott McAfee also said he is following the precedent set by fellow Fulton Judge Robert McBurney; all hearings and trials will… Continue Reading

Federal judge temporarily blocks new Texas book-rating law for schools

San Antonio Press News: “A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a new Texas law that would establish a book-rating system and ban or restrict books with sexual content from Texas public schools.  Austin-based Judge Alan D. Albright told lawyers that the state could not enforce the law Friday, when it was planned to take… Continue Reading

Georgia’s indictment of Trump is a confirmation of states’ rights, a favorite cause of Republicans since Reagan

Via LLRX – Georgia’s indictment of Trump is a confirmation of states’ rights, a favorite cause of Republicans since Reagan – Prof. Stefanie Lindquist elucidates a critical fact respective to the Trump indictment. All U.S. citizens are actually citizens of two separate governments: They are citizens of the United States as well as citizens of the… Continue Reading

The Constitutional Case for Barring Trump from the Presidency

The New Yorker [free to read]: “Earlier this month, two conservative law professors announced that they would be publishing an article, which will appear in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review next year, arguing that Donald Trump is ineligible for the Presidency. The professors, William Baude and Michael Stokes Paulsen, make the case that unless… Continue Reading

Your State-by-State Guide to Every State Supreme Court

Bolts: “Every state and territory has its own supreme court and every supreme court has tremendous power over legal cases and public policy within its borders—but the resemblances end there. No two courts are exactly the same. Each has its rules and idiosyncrasies, each comes with different procedures for how someone becomes and stays a… Continue Reading

Millions of Pages of Documents Is No Reason to Delay Trump’s January 6 Trial

The Atlantic [read free] – We’ve litigated cases with far more paperwork than that. The task was manageable and, crucially, fair. By Norman L. Eisen and Andrew Weissmann. “Next Monday, Judge Tanya Chutkan is expected to decide the date of Donald Trump’s federal criminal trial for his attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The… Continue Reading

Cameras in the Courts – State by State Coverage Guide

“The Radio Television Digital News Association is proud to present this comprehensive guide to state and federal laws regarding cameras in the courts. Detailed Guides by State/Circuit Compare/Sort Data Filter Data Nearly every state in the union has provisions to allow the media to use video cameras and microphones in courtrooms in some circumstances. In… Continue Reading

Broadcasting Federal Criminal Proceedings

CRS Insight. Broadcasting Federal Criminal Proceedings, August 14, 2023. “The August 1, 2023, criminal indictment of former President Donald Trump has prompted public discussion of whether federal criminal proceedings can be televised or otherwise broadcast to the public. Whether, and potentially how, video of federal court proceedings can be made available has been a topic… Continue Reading