Category: Cases

Supreme Court limits power of states and localities to impose fines, seize property

According to a recent Washington Post report, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, 2/20/19, that “the Constitution’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, limiting their abilities to impose financial penalties and seize property.”… Read More

Marijuana adjudication, programs for mentally ill focus of new California laws

Juvenile justice reform, sentence reductions or expungement of convictions for marijuana users and expansion of programs that focus on mentally ill defendants all are highlights of new laws in California. The judicial branch of California reports that the… Read More

California federal judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states

According to the AP, on Sunday, 1/13/19, Judge Haywood Gilliam of California granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, D.C.,  to block Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt… Read More

Judges volunteer to hear cases in jurisdictions burdened by heavy caseloads

Judicial vacancies and other factors have prompted a rise in the number of intercircuit judicial assignments, when judges volunteer in other jurisdictions to ease crushing caseloads. “The demand for intercircuit assignments increased by 27 percent in 2017 from… Read More

U.S. Dept. of Justice Monitor Criticizes Juvenile Courts in Tennessee

According to a recent AP article published in U.S. News & World Report, “Despite the end to federal oversight of a Tennessee county’s juvenile justice system, a U.S. Department of Justice monitor says ‘blatantly unfair” practices persist.’” Monitor Sandra Simkins… Read More