Judge Who Thinks Prosecutors Should Follow Law Asked to Recuse Himself

Radley Balko, one of the very few journalists who actually pay attention to things like prosecutorial misconduct, reports on a South Carolina judge who recently criticized prosecutors who don’t follow the law and told them that he would be sanctioning them if it happens in his court.
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Newsmax: Obama ‘Seizes Control’ of D.C. Circuit

Here’s a great example of dishonest right-wing spin (and yes, there is dishonest left-wing spin as well) from Newsmax, which says that President Obama has “seized control” of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. OMG! Seized control? You mean like sent in armed agents to take it over? Not quite.
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A Pair of Interesting Court Rulings on Marriage

A lot of attention has been paid to court rulings in Utah and New Mexico overturning those states’ bans on same-sex marriage, but there are a couple of other interesting court rulings in the last week that touch on the same issues in a more tangential way. In Ohio, a federal court ruled that the state must recognize a valid same-sex marriage performed in another state when issuing a death certificate if one of the spouses dies.
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PA Wants Personal Information on Plaintiffs in Marriage Equality Suit

There’s a lawsuit going on in Pennsylvania over marriage equality and the attorneys for the state are demanding all sorts of irrelevant information on the personal romantic histories of the plaintiffs in the case. And a couple of the names involved should be familiar to many of you.
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MN Attorney Suspended for Anti-Catholic Slurs

A couple years ago I wrote about an attorney in Minnesota named Rebekah Nett who had endeared herself in a bankruptcy case by filling a legal brief with bigoted slurs against the judge. Nett seems to have gone to the Larry Klayman school of legal writing, somehow believing that briefs should be filled with political invective and insults rather than legal arguments.
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Lawsuit Against NJ Ban on Reversion Therapy Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against New Jersey’s new law banning therapists from conducting “reversion therapy” to magically transform gay people into straight people. There are actually two suits, one filed by a therapist and another by the parents of a 15 year old boy who allegedly wants such therapy. Both were dismissed.
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All Hail Captain Justice

I love coming across hilarious legal filings and Alex Songe pointed me to this one that is brilliant. In a criminal case, the prosecutor asked the judge to instruct the defense attorney to stop referring to them as “the government” (as in “the government hasn’t proven its case). This is very common terminology in a courtroom. The defense attorney filed this hysterical response:
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Former Kansas AG Suspended by Court

You may vaguely remember Phillip Kline as the former Kansas attorney general who was absolutely obsessed with shutting down abortion clinics and harassing George Tiller. The Kansas Supreme Court has now unanimously voted to sanction Kline, suspend his law license and condemn him for a “substantial pattern of misconduct.”
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