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NYC police unions have no standing to intervene in stop-and-frisk settlements, says federal judge

By: Stephanie Francis Ward

Finding that various New York City police unions have no standing in the city’s stop-and-frisk lawsuits—which Mayor Bill Blasio decided to settle in January—a federal judge on Wednesday denied the law enforcement groups’ motion to intervene.

“Although officers mentioned by name in the orders may feel that their reputations have been harmed due to the public evaluation of their conduct, it is less clear how anonymous officers with no connection to this litigation might suffer reputational injury from a finding that their employer’s policy violates the Constitution,” wrote Judge Analisa Torres in her opinion (PDF). “The unions offer no explanation other than to state the conclusion that such officers are in fact harmed.” Read the rest of this entry »

Barmageddon? Bar exam takers in multiple states can’t upload tests; deadlines extended

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

Bar exam test takers have overcome test-day roadblocks in the past.

Above the Law recalls persistent test takers who carried on after fainting, while in labor, and during an earthquake.

But the website says there was a disaster of greater proportions Tuesday evening when students in multiple states experienced delays and failures when trying to upload their completed exams using ExamSoft software. The blog was inundated with complaints from test takers staying up late trying to upload their exams multiple times, even as they faced a second day of exams on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Jesse Ventura wins $1.8M in actual-malice defamation trial over best-selling memoir

By: Martha Neil

Jesse Ventura said it wasn’t about the money, but he has nonetheless won what many would consider big bucks.

After five days of deliberation, a federal jury in Minnesota on Tuesday awarded $1.8 million to the former state governor in a defamation case over a best-selling memoir by a former Navy SEAL, according to theAssociated Press and the New York Times (reg. req.).

Ventura got $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment, the Times reports. He originally sued the author of American Sniper, Chris Kyle, whom the AP identifies as the deadliest military sniper in U.S. history. He continued the case against Kyle’s widow, who is the executor of his estate, after Kyle was killed last year in a Texas shooting. Read the rest of this entry »

NCAA agrees to $75M settlement in concussion class action

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has agreed to up a medical screening program for all current and former athletes as part of a $75 million settlement in a suit claiming a concussions policy was needed to preserve the health of student athletes.

The preliminary class-action settlement was filed on Tuesday in federal court in Chicago, report the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times and the Associated Press. The agreement calls for doctors trained in concussion diagnosis to be present during games of contact sports. Student athletes with diagnosed concussions would be barred from returning to play on the same day and would have to be cleared by a doctor before future practices or games. Read the rest of this entry »

Execution takes nearly two hours; PD filed emergency motion after first hour

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

The execution of an Arizona inmate took nearly two hours on Wednesday, continuing even after his lawyers filed an emergency request to halt the procedure.

Witnesses said convicted double murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood snorted and gasped for breath during the lengthy execution. The state corrections department disputed that characterization, saying in a statement that Wood snored deeply but did not grimace or move. The New York Times, the Associated Press, the Arizona Republic and CNN have stories. Read the rest of this entry »

Suspect in lawyer’s slaying said messages in newspaper, music told him to do it, cop says

By Debra Cassens Weiss

The suspect in the June 27 slaying of Kentucky lawyer Mark Stanziano told police he was acting on messages in the local newspaper and music, a detective testified at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

Somerset Police Detective Chris Gates testified that suspect Clinton Inabnitt said “these people” would stop the ringing in his ears if he killed the criminal-defense lawyer, report the Associated Press, theCommonwealth Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader. Read the rest of this entry »

Man who killed wife, shot at divorce judge through courthouse window calls counsel ineffective

By: Martha Neil

A Nevada businessman who unsuccessfully sought to withdraw from a plea deal after he stabbed his wife to death and shot at a Reno divorce judge through a courthouse window during a single day in 2006 is now claiming his defense lawyers were ineffective.

In a continuing effort to take the murder and attempted-murder case to trial despite his convictions and 40-year sentence, Darren Mack has attached as an exhibit to a federal appeal a 2007 memo written by then-defense attorney Scott Freeman to co-counsel, the Associated Press reports. Read the rest of this entry »

10th Circuit rules Utah gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional

By Martha Neil

A divided federal appeals court panel in Denver on Wednesday upheld a decision by a federal judge in Utah that a voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

“Courts do not sit in judgment of the hearts and minds of the citizenry,” said the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals majority after ruling (PDF) that “a state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union.” Read the rest of this entry »

Microsoft’s general counsel blasts surveillance court; federal judge upholds bulk collection of data

By: Debra Cassens Weiss

Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith blasted the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday, saying it creates law “that the American public is not permitted to read.”

In a speech at the Brookings Institution, Smith said the court, which reviews government data requests in its fight against terrorism, is unlike most other courts because “only one side gets to tell its story.” The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports on his speech.

As Smith spoke he showed an image of a document with all the text blacked out, implying it was a government document before the court. “This is not an approach inclined to promote justice,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Prison teacher, left alone in room with convicted rapist, is raped, stabbed

By: Mark Hansen

A teacher at an Arizona prison was stabbed and raped after being left alone in a room with a convicted rapist, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

Details of the attack—which occurred Jan. 30 at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Eyman—were pieced together through interviews and internal documents obtained by the AP under the Arizona Public Records Act. The records highlight major security lapses at the facility, the AP says. Read the rest of this entry »

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