The “separate sovereigns” exception to the double jeopardy clause.
Your weekly round-up of law-related links, from dumb criminals and obscure cases to recent developments of note.
While Trump’s lawyer in the defamation case, Charles Harder, declares the ruling “total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” the battles between the two are not over.
Not being tied to political and election cycles has helped keep the U.S. Register of Copyrights an apolitical institution. Will H.R. 1695 change that?
The lawsuit, and Elliott’s plan to “dox” and expose the women who anonymously added to the list, were met with the expected mixed reaction, from cheers of encouragement to Elliott for “fighting back”, to, of course, GoFundMes for both parties.
It’s wrong to hope for a conviction for any reason besides guilt. But I do it anyway.
51 years ago today, the great-grandson of a slave was sworn in as the first black justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.
A Supreme Court seat hangs in the balance.
Animal-Based research is silent fraud, but new technology may be making this wasteful practice obsolete.
Accusations sometimes exist, persist, or are dismissed due to the ambiguity of what we don’t know. In the future, we’ll know more of it.
Laws against price gouging don’t help the public during major disasters. In fact, they make the situation worse.
Word came today that an agreement has apparently been reached between the Senate presiding over the impeachment trial and two of the justices, Margaret Workman and Beth Walker. The two judges have purportedly agreed to be censured, but will keep their seats on West Virginia’s high court.
Drug court cannot solve the epidemic we face. No one thing can. But as we continue to lose an entire generation to the scourge of opiates and meth, something is better than nothing
Coal baron and federal convict Don Blankenship’s bid to be on the November ballot for a US Senate seat has ended, by ruling of a disheveled and short-handed state supreme court.
Asia Argento is a director and an actor, but to many she is better known for two things: being the girlfriend of the late and beloved Anthony Bourdain, and one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape. As recent headlines have revealed, she is also an accused rapist.
The US Supreme Court ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop same-sex wedding cake case was a clear, decisive, incontrovertible punt- and its inaction has had consequences.
When the supreme court of any country has to step in to settle a bitterly contested question of medical ethics, you know the case has the potential for far-reaching consequences.
There have been some developments in the saga of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the four remaining members of which were the subject of impeachment proceedings in the West Virginia Legislature this week.
The implosion of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals continues today as the state House of Delegates meets to debate the 14 Articles of Impeachment presented by the Republican majority.
Facing potentially thousands of lawsuits arising from October’s deadly mass shooting, MGM asks the court to declare them immune.
Moral panics can crash quickly. Or they can last centuries, as the moral panic over witchcraft did. I have no feel for how long the moral panic over sex work will last. But now that FOSTA is law, the potential damage it will cause has dramatically increased.
If you follow the news surrounding hopefuls for the empty SCOTUS seat, you undoubtedly know that Barrett, a federal circuit judge and Notre Dame law grad, is the mother of seven children. In fact, judging by the media’s profiles of her, this is the most interesting thing about her…
If public-sector unions are worth saving, it supporters will have to do a better job at advancing the reasons.
A state may not require public employees to pay dues to a union if he or she does not wish to be a member, ruled a 5-4 SCOTUS today in Janus v. AFSCME, reversing a Seventh Circuit decision.
The predictable split of the Court on this matter portends the inevitable split between the left and right leaning citizenry, as many decisions this term have done. With the strong, provocative rhetoric from our President which underlies the whole thing, it is hard to reconcile the two sides.
The Supreme Court of the United States this week ruled in favor of privacy in Carpenter v. United States, a case out of the sixth circuit involving the warrantless search of a defendant’s cell phone location records.
A West Virginia Supreme Court Justice is federally indicted on 22 counts, including various fraud counts, false statements, and witness tampering. The man who wrote the book on corruption now stands accused of bilking the taxpayers who put him in office.
Why on Earth do we elect judges? Why, in a system designed to resist the passions of the mob, do we bring it back in at the point of maximum leverage?
Today’s SCOTUS decisions are not world-rocking, but the largely homogeneous agreement is noteworthy. It is likewise noteworthy that neither of these decisions lend themselves to much partisan hand–wringing
The Supreme Court’s conservative majority makes a decision that happens to align perfectly with its own political preferences. It’s all just the damndest coincidence.
It is well-known that the foster care system is imperfect. Some complain that child protection agencies are not proactive enough, leaving children in harm’s way. Others accuse the agencies of engaging in “child stealing”. No matter which is true, one can hardly imagine an issue for which improvement is more crucial.
Michael Cohen says he will invoke the fifth amendment to avoid answering questions in the Stormy Daniels civil case. Does that mean he has something to hide?
If the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he isn’t real, the GOP’s greatest trick is convincing working Americans that literally destroying the federal government is in their best interests.
Almost immediately, a fresh front was opened in the perpetual war between free speech and outrage.
An attorney is responsible for knowing when he or she has stepped into the role of counsel to a particular individual. For all of his perceived shortcomings as an attorney, Cohen got this one right
An anecdote about decision making in the information age.