On the Record

Nov 7, 2022

Disbarred lawyer faced more than 200 ethics complaints

Welcome to Monday, the 33rd anniversary of L. Douglas Wilder‘s victory in Virginia, which made him the first elected Black governor in the United States. Here are some other news items. — California disbars lawyer who faced 205 ethics complaints. — Under-40 celebrity attorney helps Elon Musk terminate Twitter team. — Former Libyan military commander […]

Nov 1, 2022

U.S. asylum system draws criticism at Canada’s high court

Today is Monday, the 177th anniversary of the U.S. Naval Academy‘s establishment in Annapolis. Here are some other news items. — Is the United States safe for asylum seekers? — Air France and Airbus face manslaughter charges in 2009 crash of Rio de Janeiro-to-Paris flight that killed 228 people. — An email regarding a subsequently […]

Oct 24, 2022

Football-injury defense gains no yardage in bank-fraud appeal

Today is Monday, the 77th anniversary of the day the United Nations Charter went into effect. Here are some other news items. — U.S. appeals court rejects disbarred lawyer’s football-related-head-injuries defense to bank fraud. — California judge rules for Christian baker who declined to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. — Indiana judge […]

Oct 17, 2022

Suspected flirtation with defendant prompts juror’s dismissal

Today is Monday, the 91st anniversary of Al Capone’s conviction for tax evasion, belying the gangster’s argument that “they can’t collect legal taxes from illegal money.” Here are some other news items. — Michigan judge removes juror who allegedly flirted with defendant. — Will a prosecution witness’s regretted testimony result in new trial for ex-Th[...]

Oct 3, 2022

Yale law students need not apply for this clerkship

Today is Monday, the first day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022-23 term. Here are some other news items. — Federal judge will snub Yale when hiring law clerks. — Is North Carolina’s voter identification law racially biased? — Potential death penalty divides families of mass-shooting victims. — Former Pakistani prime minister apologizes for comments […]

Sep 19, 2022

Florida prosecutor who made pro-choice statements remains suspended

Today is Monday, the 70th anniversary of the premiere of the television series “Adventures of Superman.” Here are some other news items. — Were a now-suspended Florida prosecutor’s pro-choice comments protected by the First Amendment? — Can a state set distance requirements for the video recording of police officers? — Federal judges decline to reappoint [&helli[...]

Sep 13, 2022

Late expert disclosures could force delay in Mosby’s trial, prosecutors say

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's trial is set to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore if it is not delayed.

Sep 12, 2022

Alabama seeks new method of execution

Today is Monday, the 95th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of “My Maryland.” Here are some other news items. — Alabama moves toward new method of execution — nitrogen hypoxia. — Does a severance agreement excuse Elon Musk from buying Twitter? — Attorney faces assault charges for alleged counselor-on-counselor violence. — Sandra Day O’Connor excel[...]

Aug 29, 2022

Did this joke go too far?

Today is Monday, the 55th anniversary of the finale of the television series “The Fugitive.” Here are some other news items. — Turkish pop star faces trial because of a joke she told. — Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuits need not be filed in the county where the harm occurred, state high court rules. — Wisconsin […]

Aug 22, 2022

Presidential-election loser files high-court challenge — in Kenya

Kenya's presidential election leads news items including a text-compelled mistrial, a limited clergy-penitent privilege and a high-tech end to gerrymandering.

Aug 15, 2022

New Zealand law deems river more than just a body of water

Welcome to Monday, the 83rd anniversary of the Hollywood premiere of “The Wizard of Oz.” Here are some other news items. — New Zealand river’s personhood status is recognition it is more than standing water. — Arkansas judge gets suspended for demeaning comments to criminal defendants. — Victims of 2017 Texas mass shooting seek to […]

Aug 8, 2022

Should Maryland lawyers take a course in cybersecurity?

Today is Monday, the 111th anniversary of the 1,000,000th U.S. patent, awarded to F.H. Holton for a vehicle tire. Here are some other news items. — New York requires continuing legal education course in cybersecurity. — Attorney for mass-shooting victims recalls his own experience. — Connecticut mayor wants his law license back. — Antitrust lawsuit […]

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