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Representation Makes Fourteen-Fold Difference in Outcome

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Results in “women with children” cases before the Immigration Court continue to show that the single most important factor determining outcome is whether or not these individuals are represented in their court proceedings.  For the 14,269 cases concluded as of the end of June 2015, the odds of being allowed toContinue Reading

TRAC – Senior Judge Workload Expands

“The workload of federal judges who have retired but voluntarily continue to hear cases has grown by nearly every measure in the past two decades. These senior judges now resolve nearly twice as many cases as they did 20 years ago. The reason for this increase: while the annual number of cases being funneled intoContinue Reading

BP Deep Water Horizon Settlement of 18.7B to states is tax deductible and spread over 18 years

WSJ blog: “BP PLC agreed Thursday to pay $18.7 billion to settle federal and state claims over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The penalty includes the biggest pollution fine in U.S. history. Here’s what you should know…” See also via New York Times –  BP to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil SpillContinue Reading

Secret court authorizes continued telephone metadata collection

The Guardian UK: “After a decade in the shadows, a secretive surveillance court that authorises the bulk collection of American telephone records seized on its last chance to show off a little personality on Tuesday [June 30, 2015]. “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, well, at least for 180 days,” wrote judge MichaelContinue Reading

National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice

“The National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice is designed to improve relationships and increase trust between communities and the criminal justice system. It also aims to advance the public and scholarly understandings of the issues contributing to those relationships. In September 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice has awarded the NationalContinue Reading

Indictment of former House speaker Dennis Hastert

Washington Post – Federal prosecutors on Thursday indicted former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert on bank-related charges. Find out more about the case.

National Journal – Mapping Gay Marriage Since 1996

From No States to All of Them: Mapping Gay Marriage Since 1996 How same-sex marriage became legal in the United States, by National Journal Graphics Staff: “A day ago, same-sex marriage was legal in 36 states and the District of Columbia. Now, it’s legal in all 50. The Supreme Court said in a 5-4 rulingContinue Reading

Supreme Court rejects latest challenge to Affordable Health Care Act

United States Supreme Court – KING ET AL. v. BURWELL, SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ET AL., (2015) No. 14-114. Argued: March 4, 2015  Decided: June 25, 201 “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act grew out of a long history of failed health insurance reform. In the 1990s, several States sought to expandContinue Reading

Only 29 Convictions in Federal Hate Crime Cases Since FY 2010

“During the first eight months of fiscal year 2015, the federal government reported the convictions of eight individuals who had been charged with federal hate crimes under Title 8 Section 249 of the U.S. Code, according to the latest available data from the Justice Department. If this activity continues at the same pace, the annualContinue Reading

Drexel Law Librarian John Cannan Cited by U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell

Via Peter J. Egler Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Thomas R. Kline School of Law Drexel University: “I am proud to report that our colleague John Cannan has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision in King v. Burwell, issued today. The court cites John’s article from the Law Library Journal: “AContinue Reading

GAO Report – Justice Could Better Measure Progress Addressing Incarceration Challenges

Federal Prison System: Justice Could Better Measure Progress Addressing Incarceration Challenges, GAO-15-454: Published: Jun 19, 2015. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2015. “The Department of Justice (DOJ) has implemented three key initiatives to address the federal incarceration challenges of overcrowding, rising costs, and offender recidivism, which includes the return of offenders to prison after release. TheContinue Reading

Commentary – Reasonable Doubts About the Jury System

Trial consultants allow the affluent to manipulate the biases of those who judge them, putting justice up for sale – Adam Benforado: “..As amazing as our minds actually are, our legal rules, regula­tions, interpretations, and instructions make them out to be many times as impressive. To hear the law tell it, we are supermen andContinue Reading