The constitutional rights to due process and trial by jury extend to a pivotal prong of a prominent sentencing enhancement for recidivism, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a Friday decision that casts doubt on many incarcerations and promises to reshape future trials.
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Justices Strengthen Jury Trial Rights For Stiffer Sentences

By Jeff Overley

The constitutional rights to due process and trial by jury extend to a pivotal prong of a prominent sentencing enhancement for recidivism, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a Friday decision that casts doubt on many incarcerations and promises to reshape future trials.

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'Rust' Armorer Can't Be Forced To Testify Against Baldwin

By Phillip Bantz

A New Mexico state judge on Friday denied prosecutors' request to grant immunity to a convicted "Rust" film armorer and compel her to testify at actor-producer Alec Baldwin's involuntary manslaughter trial in the fatal on-set shooting of a cinematographer.

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Trump Says AG Can't Appoint Prosecutor In Mar-A-Lago Case

By Carolina Bolado

Attorney General Merrick Garland did not have the statutory authority to promote an independent special counsel to prosecute former President Donald Trump over his allegedly illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump's attorneys told a Florida federal judge Friday.

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High Court Opens Expert Testimony Basis To Confrontation

By Katie Buehler

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that Arizona prosecutors may have violated a criminal defendant's Sixth Amendment right to confront witnesses testifying against him by presenting a substitute expert witness at trial, and sent the case back down to state court for further proceedings.

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Manhattan DA Seeks To Retain Trump Gag Order, Amid Threats

By Stewart Bishop

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office urged a New York state judge Friday to leave in place most restrictions of the gag order preventing Donald Trump from speaking publicly about witnesses, jurors and others tied to his criminal trial, citing a barrage of threats from his supporters in recent months — including "actionable" death threats before and after the verdict.

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Girardi Wants To Block Evidence Of Ex-Clients' Injuries At Trial

By Ryan Boysen

At the upcoming fraud trial of disgraced attorney Tom Girardi, his defense attorneys want to exclude any mention of the horrific injuries suffered by the clients he allegedly stole from, while prosecutors want to introduce evidence that he allegedly spent $25 million to fund the lavish lifestyle of his former celebrity girlfriend.

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Ontrak Founder Convicted In Novel Insider Trading Case

By Craig Clough

A California federal jury found Ontrak founder and former CEO Terren Peizer guilty on Friday of three counts of insider trading, following a first-of-its-kind prosecution on allegations he dumped $20 million of shares in the healthcare company after discovering its biggest client was going to terminate their deal. 

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Under Armour To Pay $434M To End Securities Fraud Claims

By Hailey Konnath

Under Armour Inc. has agreed to shell out $434 million to put to rest claims it inflated stock prices by hiding declining demand for its products, investors announced Friday, reaching a deal just weeks before a jury trial was set to kick off in Maryland federal court.

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WHITE COLLAR

Ex-Cognizant Execs Keep Pushing For Debevoise Testimony

By Emily Sawicki

Former Cognizant Technology Solutions executives have pushed back on Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's bid to quash a subpoena seeking testimony from a firm partner for their upcoming bribery trial in New Jersey federal court, saying that the testimony would be relevant and that any potential privilege arguments have already been waived.

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Atty Convicted Of Pot Bribe Wins Bail At 1st Circ.

By Julie Manganis

A suspended Massachusetts attorney convicted last fall of attempting to bribe a police chief to help his client secure a cannabis license will remain free pending his appeal, the First Circuit ruled Friday, reversing a district judge's decision.

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Ex-Chicago Alderman Burke Can't Delay Sentencing

By Celeste Bott

Former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke can't postpone his Monday sentencing on charges of racketeering, extortion and bribery to await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the scope of federal bribery law, an Illinois federal judge ruled Friday, saying that decision will have "little or no impact" on Burke's fate.

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SPORTS

Off The Bench

Off The Bench: ACC-FSU Rematch, Supreme Win For Fla. Tribe

By David Steele

In this week's Off The Bench, the next round of venue tug-of-war begins between the Atlantic Coast Conference and Florida State University, the U.S. Supreme Court hands Florida and the Seminole Tribe a lucrative gaming win, and Roger Goodell and Jerry Jones defend the NFL's handling of its Sunday Ticket package.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

3 Surprising Deposition Dangers Attorneys Must Heed

Attorneys often do not think of discovery as a particularly risky phase of litigation, but counsel must closely heed some surprisingly strict and frequently overlooked requirements before, during and after depositions that can lead to draconian consequences, says Nate Sabri at Perkins Coie.

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Series

Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

New Head Of Winston & Strawn Chicago HQ Started As Intern

By Tracey Read

Winston & Strawn LLP announced Monday that it has named Bill O'Neil, a trial attorney and securities litigation partner, as its new Chicago office managing partner.

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More Law Schools Boosting AI In Curricula, ABA Survey Finds

By Lauren Berg

Law schools are increasingly incorporating artificial intelligence into their curricula, including dedicated AI courses and opportunities for students to use AI tools, signaling a trend that the technology is becoming essential for future lawyers, according to results from an American Bar Association survey released Monday.

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Trump Mar-A-Lago Case Is Unlawfully Funded, Fla. Judge Told

By David Minsky

An attorney defending Donald Trump against the federal government's accusation that he illegally retained classified documents at Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House in 2021 told a Florida judge Monday the criminal indictment should be dismissed against the former president, saying that the case isn't lawfully funded.

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Willis' Plan To Prejudice Defendants Requires DQ, Trump Says

By Kelcey Caulder

Former President Donald Trump told the Georgia Court of Appeals on Monday that a trial court judge inaccurately applied the legal standard for forensic misconduct when he ruled that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis could continue her prosecution of him and his co-defendants in the Georgia presidential election interference case.

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GOP Rep. Seeks To Revive 'Inherent Contempt' For Garland

By Courtney Bublé

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., plans to bring up a resolution this week to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, a "long dormant" procedure as Republicans continue their investigations of the president.

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High Court To Review State Gender Care Bans

By Dan McKay

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review a Sixth Circuit decision that allowed Tennessee to keep in place a new ban on gender-affirming care for minors.

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Apple, Amazon Assail Hagens Berman's Class Rep 'Charade'

By Bryan Koenig

Apple and Amazon.com blasted Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP for trying to "have it both ways" in an antitrust suit over a pact between the companies restricting Amazon iPhone and iPad sales to approved vendors, arguing the firm cannot withdraw its original named plaintiff without forcing him to testify.

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Alleged Contract Killing Sparks Delaware Chancery Lawsuit

By Jeff Montgomery

Los Angeles biotech firm Renovaro Inc. has sued a former, purported scientific adviser and his husband in Delaware's Court of Chancery for damages tied to an assortment of fraudulent schemes allegedly shielded in part by a contract killing linked to a separate alleged international oil trading scam.

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

By Leslie A. Pappas

Amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law topped the news out of the Court of Chancery again last week, as the hotly contested measure sailed through the state's legislature. Tesla and its shareholders continued their tug-of-war over attorney fees for Chancery litigation about Elon Musk's pay package, and new cases were filed involving biotechs, car rental companies, workout platforms, telecom towers, and a cargo ship fire in Brazil.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

Bohrer PLLC

Bowles Law Firm

Brand Woodward

Brown Rudnick

Continental PLLC

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton

Earth & Water Law

Fried Frank

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Girardi & Keese

Hagens Berman

Hogan Lovells

Jenner & Block

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kalijarvi Chuzi

King & Spalding

Klafter & Burke

Kramer Levin

Langrock Sperry

Lawfair LLC

Loeb & Loeb

Martin G. Weinberg Attorney at Law

Michael Pabian Law Office

Motley Rice

NechelesLaw

O'Melveny & Myers

Orrick Herrington

Paul Weiss

Perkins Coie

Quinn Emanuel

Robbins Geller

Sasso & Sasso

Schaerr Jaffe

Sidley Austin

Silverman Thompson

Stris & Maher

VanOverbeke Michaud

Venable LLP

Weil Gotshal

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aetna Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

Anaplan Inc.

Apple Inc.

Archer Aviation Inc.

Atlantic Coast Conference

Autodesk Inc.

Beachbody LLC

CBS Interactive Inc.

Caterpillar Inc.

Chicago Cubs Baseball Club LLC

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp.

Commonwealth Edison Co.

Community Financial Corp.

Discovery Capital Management LLC

Flagship Pioneering

Getty Images Holdings Inc.

Google LLC

Hertz Global Holdings Inc.

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Larsen & Toubro Ltd.

Leo Burnett Worldwide Inc.

Major League Baseball Inc.

Moelis & Co.

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Association for Law Placement Inc.

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Omega Therapeutics Inc.

PG&E Corp.

PPG Industries Inc.

Starboard Value LP

T-Mobile US Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The Cigna Group

Therapeutics Inc.

Thoma Bravo LLC

Under Armour Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Arizona Attorney General's Office

California Supreme Court

Congressional Research Service

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Reserve System

Georgia Court of Appeals

Illinois Supreme Court

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Archives and Records Administration

New York City Police Department

Tennessee Attorney General's Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Vermont