Appeals court: Trump wrongly diverted $2.5B for border wall | The Seattle Times

In two opinions, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a coalition of border states and environmental groups that contended the money transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats. The rulings were the latest twist in the legal battle that has largely gone Trump’s way. Last July, the … More Appeals court: Trump wrongly diverted $2.5B for border wall | The Seattle Times

Trump Administration Price-Transparency Rule Covering Hospitals Upheld – WSJ

The American Hospital Association lost its legal bid to stop the Trump administration from requiring hospitals to disclose secret rates they negotiate with insurance companies, a victory for one of President Trump’s central health-policy initiatives. The ruling Tuesday from Judge Carl Nichols with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was a summary … More Trump Administration Price-Transparency Rule Covering Hospitals Upheld – WSJ

Colorado Passes Landmark Law Against Qualified Immunity, Creates New Way To Protect Civil Rights

Among the new law’s many reforms, which include banning chokeholds and the use of deadly force for nonviolent offenses, the Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity Act (SB20-217) allows plaintiffs to bypass “qualified immunity,” one of the biggest barriers to holding government agents accountable in court. Ever since Congress enacted the Civil Rights Act of 1871 to … More Colorado Passes Landmark Law Against Qualified Immunity, Creates New Way To Protect Civil Rights

Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by energy companies and ruled state courts are the proper forum for lawsuits alleging producers promoted petroleum as environmentally responsible when they knew it was contributing to drought, wildfires, and sea level rise associated with global warming. The lawsuits claim Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, BP, Royal … More Big Oil loses appeal, climate suits go to California courts

Criminal Justice Divides the ‘Conservative’ Judiciary – Reason.com

Pundits often speak of the judiciary in terms of liberal or conservative judges issuing liberal or conservative opinions. The reality is far more complicated. “Even the government admits that this language, read in the way nearly everyone (including the government) has long understood it, provides no reliable way to determine which offenses qualify as crimes … More Criminal Justice Divides the ‘Conservative’ Judiciary – Reason.com

What Is the Insurrection Act and How Could Trump Use It? – Bloomberg

1. What does the law say? The 1878 federal law known as the Posse Comitatus Act, along with amendments and supporting regulations, generally bars the use of the active-duty U.S. military — the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines — from carrying out domestic law enforcement. The law doesn’t apply to state-based National Guard units, … More What Is the Insurrection Act and How Could Trump Use It? – Bloomberg

The Supreme Court, Too, Is on the Brink The polarization roiling the country has the Supreme Court in its grip.

So why did the court’s order, issued as midnight approached on Friday night, fill me with dread rather than relief? It was because in a ruling that should have been unanimous, the vote was 5 to 4. And it was because of who the four dissenters were: the four most conservative justices, two of them … More The Supreme Court, Too, Is on the Brink The polarization roiling the country has the Supreme Court in its grip.

After 7 Years, Indiana Returns Seized Land Rover In Landmark Supreme Court Case

Tyson’s legal quest dates back to when his father passed away, leaving Tyson with more than $73,000 in life insurance proceeds. With this money, Tyson decided to buy a 2013 Land Rover LR2 for almost $41,000. But at the time, Tyson was suffering from an opioid addiction and quickly spent most of the remaining funds … More After 7 Years, Indiana Returns Seized Land Rover In Landmark Supreme Court Case

Supreme Court, in 5-4 Decision, Rejects Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Order

With a deciding vote from Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court late Friday allowed Gov. Gavin Newsom to restrict attendance at religious services in California to 25% of the capacity of a house of worship because of the coronavirus. The justices voted 5-4 to reject a challenge by a Pentecostal church in Chula Vista … More Supreme Court, in 5-4 Decision, Rejects Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Order

A.C.L.U. Accuses Clearview AI of Privacy ‘Nightmare Scenario’

In a suit filed in Illinois, the A.C.L.U. said that Clearview violated a state law that forbids companies from using a resident’s fingerprints or face scans without consent. Under the law, residents have the right to sue companies for up to $5,000 per privacy violation. “The bottom line is that, if left unchecked, Clearview’s product … More A.C.L.U. Accuses Clearview AI of Privacy ‘Nightmare Scenario’