By: Caitlin White
On the list of things that qualify as good excuses, it seems like maternity leave is an air-tight reason, right? Wrong! A judge in Atlanta denied Stacy Ehrisman-Mickle’s request to postpone a hearing due to the fact that she had a baby only four weeks earlier. In response to her request, Judge J. Dan Pelletier Sr. wrote, “No good cause. Hearing date set prior to counsel accepting representation.” Continue reading
By: Martha Neil
A justice on Pennsylvania’s top court sent or received more than 200 sexually explicit emails between 2008 and 2012, a probe by the state attorney general’s office has revealed.
The investigation, which showed that Justice Seamus McCaffery was the only state supreme court judge to send or receive such email, was requested by Chief Justice Ronald Castille after AG Kathleen Kane last month publicly identified eight men in her office who sent or received explicit email during the same time period, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Continue reading
The incinerated belongings of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are bound for a Louisiana hazardous waste landfill — unless the state’s attorney general, Buddy Caldwell, has his way.
Caldwell’s office said in an e-mailed statement that it would seek a restraining order to prevent those belongings from crossing into Louisiana from Texas, where they were destroyed.
Despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines saying that “Ebola-associated waste that has been appropriately inactivated or incinerated is no longer infectious,” Caldwell said in the statement that “there are too many unknowns at this point” for the ashes of Duncan’s belongings to cross into his state. Continue reading
By: Debra Cassens Weiss
Employee wellness programs that encourage healthy lifestyles are all the rage, but some companies may be violating federal law with onerous penalties for workers who don’t participate, according to two lawsuits filed this year by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The most recent suit was filed last week against Wisconsin-based plastics manufacturer Flambeau Inc., report the Wall Street Journal(sub. req.), the Associated Press and an EEOC press release. The suits claim violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which generally bars required medical exams and disability-related inquiries by employers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Continue reading
By: Vitor Li
Eric Holder got some good news and some bad news as he wraps up his six-year tenure as U.S. Attorney General.
On Monday, a federal judge refused to hold him in contempt of court for failing to turn over documents to House Republicans investigating Operation Fast and Furious, reports the Associated Press. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the District of Columbia denied the contempt order issued by House Republicans.
Holder had missed an Oct. 1 deadline imposed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for certain “non-deliberative” documents while a motion he had filed on Sept. 2 for a stay was still pending. This prompted committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to move, the next day, that Holder be found in contempt. Continue reading
By: Lorelei Laird
A Sacramento, California, federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging that state’s requirements for egg production, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky and Iowa had sued California over rules setting a minimum size for cages used in the production of all eggs sold in the state. If it’s not appealed, the ruling means that the larger-cage requirements will go into effect as scheduled on Jan. 1. Continue reading
By: Esther YU-HSI Lee
The Obama administration has approved plans to establish in-country refugee processing centers in three Central American countries that have seen an exodus of migrant children fleeing to the United States, most to escape violence, the New York Times reported. In a memorandum to the State Department circulated Tuesday, President Obama outlined plans to allocate a total of 70,000 refugee visas, setting aside 4,000 slots for all applicants from Latin America and the Caribbean. That category includes migrant children among other refugees from the region, but as the Associated Press points out, “the number is a fraction of the number of children who have already crossed the border into the United States and are awaiting deportation proceedings.” The move is aimed at deterring children in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala from crossing into the United States through Mexico, a treacherous journey that often involves the use of coyotes, or migrant smugglers. Continue reading