Florida Supreme Court Destroys Precedent Protecting Mentally Disabled People From Execution – Literally no one asked them to do this.

The court’s decision in Phillips v. State essentially revives an unconstitutional Florida law. In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may not execute “mentally retarded offenders.” Killing people with mental “deficiencies,” the court explained, is a cruel and unusual punishment forbidden by the Eighth Amendment, because these individuals’ “cognitive and behavioral impairments” render … More Florida Supreme Court Destroys Precedent Protecting Mentally Disabled People From Execution – Literally no one asked them to do this.

N.C. Trial Court Holds Preliminary Injunctions Against Alleged Libel Are Unconstitutional – Reason.com

But permanent injunctions after a full trial on the merits might be a different story. To begin, courts are deeply skeptical of requests to enjoin speech and expression. Indeed, temporary injunctions “are classic examples of prior restraints,”  and “prior restraints on speech and publication are the most serious and the least tolerable infringement on First … More N.C. Trial Court Holds Preliminary Injunctions Against Alleged Libel Are Unconstitutional – Reason.com

Student loan borrowers face ‘increased stress, anxiety, and depression’ amid coronavirus shock, survey finds

Student loan borrowers face ‘increased stress, anxiety, and depression’ amid coronavirus shock, survey finds “This data shows that many people with federal student loans are facing a financial disaster when relief ends,” Natalia Abrams, executive director at Student Debt Crisis said in a statement. “It reminds us there are glaring outcome disparities for borrowers who … More Student loan borrowers face ‘increased stress, anxiety, and depression’ amid coronavirus shock, survey finds

Traders Beware: U.S. taps new tools to find fraud in volatile commodities market

The Justice Department fraud division is beefing up with the creation of a sub-unit specializing in combating commodities fraud overseen by Avi Perry, a trial attorney who has prosecuted high-profile cases involving trading powerhouse Tower Research Capital, Merrill Lynch Commodities Inc, and the ongoing JPMorgan probe, according to two sources.  The unit is also hiring … More Traders Beware: U.S. taps new tools to find fraud in volatile commodities market

Supreme Court temporarily denies House Democrats access to Mueller documents

The Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request from House Democrats for immediate access to redacted grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. The justices instead granted the Trump administration’s request to continue shielding the secret grand jury transcripts and exhibits, further postponing a lower court’s disclosure order. The Wednesday order … More Supreme Court temporarily denies House Democrats access to Mueller documents

Judge allows fraud suit against Trump, family and company to proceed

Four anonymous plaintiffs brought the suit, including what court papers describe as a hospice caregiver, a self-employed man who was once homeless and a food delivery driver. The Trumps “deliberately misled” consumers about the likely success of their investments, the suit claims, and engaged in “a pattern of racketeering activity.” The suit is being funded … More Judge allows fraud suit against Trump, family and company to proceed

San Diego Woman Files Lawsuit Against SeaWorld For Collecting Monthly Fees on Annual Passes – NBC 7 San Diego

A San Diego woman has filed a lawsuit against SeaWorld for charging her annual pass fees while the park remains closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to the lawsuit, Lisa Kouball said she purchased four annual passes to attend SeaWorld San Diego and pays a total of $48.99 per month. But when SeaWorld San Diego … More San Diego Woman Files Lawsuit Against SeaWorld For Collecting Monthly Fees on Annual Passes – NBC 7 San Diego

Trump’s emergency powers worry some senators, legal experts

“I have the right to do a lot of things that people don’t even know about,” he said at the White House.  Trump wasn’t just crowing. Dozens of statutory authorities become available to any president when national emergencies are declared. They are rarely used, but Trump last month stunned legal experts and others when he claimed … More Trump’s emergency powers worry some senators, legal experts

At the highest levels of the judiciary, judges spar over Trump’s legal powers

“Although the Constitution entrusts the President with the enormous responsibility of faithfully executing the law … the notion that the President is vested with unreviewable power to both execute and interpret the law is foreign to our system of government,” wrote Judge Diana Gribbon Motz of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals. “The Framers, … More At the highest levels of the judiciary, judges spar over Trump’s legal powers

Supreme Court Hints at Split Decision on Obtaining Trump’s Tax Returns

The Supreme Court heard more than three hours of arguments on Tuesday on the powers of the presidency and whether they protect President Trump from the prosecutors and House committees seeking to obtain troves of information about his business affairs. The court considered two sets of cases, and there was a strong possibility of a … More Supreme Court Hints at Split Decision on Obtaining Trump’s Tax Returns