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- Charlotte, N.C. police officer shouts at man, reported to be armed however not holding a weapon, to drop his gun. So he reaches for his gun and makes to drop it, at which level she shoots him lifeless. (His final phrases: “You instructed me to.”) Fourth Circuit: No certified immunity. Concurrence: I agree, however write individually to say that eliminating certified immunity fully could be “an incalculable social loss.”
- In case you’re a felon in possession of a firearm however you do not know you are a felon, are you actually a felon in possession of a firearm? Fourth Circuit: Nope, not in response to the Supreme Court docket. Meaning our pal the defendant ought to get his day in court docket—oh, however he is nonetheless received to indicate prejudice (or precise innocence) to win if he procedurally defaulted (even when the gov’t forgot to convey up that little element). Concurrence: Eh, largely agree. But when the gov’t did not convey up an argument, that is their very own fault, and we should not assist them out.
- Fifth Circuit (sitting en banc): Current years have seen a wave of litigation difficult state and native bail procedures. That wave consists of this lawsuit, which the events have been litigating for 5 years and which is, by the best way, completely barred by Youthful abstention. Sorry. Anyone most likely ought to have stated one thing to you guys sooner.
- Sixth Circuit: Sure, these children grew up with out their dad as a result of a Detroit police officer framed him for homicide, resulting in him spending 32 years in jail earlier than he was exonerated. However there is not any proof the cop had it out for the children personally, so their declare that the officer violated their Fourteenth Modification proper to familial integrity fails. Dissent: That is not the take a look at; it is ample that the officer’s conduct shocks the conscience. But additionally, the officer completely knew this man had a household and what the results of the false conviction could be.
- Ohio man is sentenced in 1991 for a homicide he claims he did not commit. In 2016, the Ohio Innocence Challenge takes an curiosity in his case and information a number of public-records requests for case paperwork. An assistant prosecutor turns over a closely redacted file. A number of months later, town of Cleveland produces the unredacted file. Guess what the assistant prosecutor redacted: a bunch of exculpatory proof that was by no means revealed to the person’s protection attorneys! He’s launched, exonerated, and sues the assistant prosecutor. Sixth Circuit: The assistant prosecutor’s declare that absolute prosecutorial immunity will get her off the hook is absurd. It is clearly certified immunity that will get her off the hook.
- Minnesota: Certain, our new legislation requires these plaintiffs to provide away sure drugs, however that does not imply they’ll enjoin the legislation as a taking. Who wants an injunction after they can simply sue the state for compensation the primary time they offer a drug away, after which sue once more the subsequent time, and so forth till the top of time? Eighth Circuit: Properly, them. Perhaps they want an injunction so they do not have to do this.
- Two Canadians barrel down a Minnesota freeway on a January night time at 100 mph. A trooper pulls them over and finds a whole lot of different barrels: 67 weapons and over a dozen high-powered magazines. Seems they’re unlawfully south of the border and one is needed for homicide north of the border. They’re prosecuted for possessing firearms whereas being unlawfully current within the U.S. However wait, does this violate our “historic custom of firearm regulation”? Eighth Circuit: Geez, hey, that is attention-grabbing historical past stuff you have discovered however unlawfully current Canadians aren’t members of “the individuals” the Second Modification protects anyway.
- In your humble editors’ opinion, one of many Supreme Court docket’s most interesting moments got here throughout World Struggle II, when it held that the First Modification forbade forcing Jehovah’s Witnesses to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Justice Robert Jackson stirringly wrote: “If there may be any mounted star in our constitutional constellation, it’s that no official, excessive or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, faith, or different issues of opinion, or power residents to admit by phrase or act their religion therein.” Eight many years later, the California Controller’s Workplace refuses to permit a Jehovah’s Witness to make an addendum to her employment oath clarifying that her allegiance to California shouldn’t be above her allegiance to God. Ninth Circuit: That looks like it violates federal and state anti-discrimination legislation, and it’d violate the Free Train Clause, too.
- Peru seeks to extradite its former president from California on bribery fees, and the U.S. State Division agrees he ought to be extradited. The previous president seeks a keep whereas he litigates a habeas problem to the extradition. Ninth Circuit: Peru’s paperwork appears to fulfill its extradition treaty with the U.S. and there is proof of possible trigger for the prosecution. So the previous president will get no keep and should not keep.
- Man, a citizen of the Republic of Palau, legally enters the nation however a number of years later “went on a one-man crime spree by which he tried to rob a credit score union, efficiently robbed a espresso stand, and tried to steal a automotive.” This all added as much as three convictions in Washington State for which he served 15 months. Was his second-degree theft conviction an “aggravated felony” underneath federal immigration legislation, resulting in his deportation? Ninth Circuit (en banc): Categorically sure underneath the explicit strategy (largely). Concurrence (One): Certain, however OMG WTF is with you guys? Concurrence (Two): I am solely becoming a member of among the different opinions so I do not get fined. Dissent (One): The explicit strategy is categorically unhealthy. Dissent (Two): I simply can’t be a part of this one little bit of what one of many different judges wrote.
- Echoing H.L.A. Hart’s seminal 1958 article Positivism and the Separation of Law and Morals—which famously examined the method of decoding a rule that forbids “autos” in a public park—the Eleventh Circuit explores whether or not an insurance coverage coverage that covers accidents brought on by an “uninsured motorcar” is sufficiently broad to cowl accidents brought on by a collision with an electrical scooter. It’s, however whether or not this conclusion is an train in logic or uncooked judicial energy will stay a query for the ages.
Victory! In August 2020, Jerry Johnson did one thing fully authorized. He flew from Charlotte to Phoenix with $39,500 in money to purchase a used semi-truck. However Phoenix police seized the money, and though Jerry employed a lawyer, an Arizona court docket declared that Jerry had not proven he was an harmless proprietor—at a listening to that was purported to be about whether or not Jerry merely owned the money that was in his baggage. However final yr, IJ received that call overturned, establishing precedent that it is not permissible to conflate standing and deserves inquiries in civil forfeiture circumstances. And this week, we’re joyful to say that the state’s case has been dismissed with prejudice. And lest anybody say the system works: an harmless man was with out his money—your complete working capital for his small enterprise—for 31 months and would by no means have been capable of attraction with out professional bono assist. Click here to study extra.