New Gun Background Check Record on Black Friday

The FBI was flooded Friday with 203,086 background check requests for gun purchases, setting a new single day record. In a related development, The Supreme Court, which has avoided major gun cases for seven years, on Monday declined to hear a challenge backed by the NRA to Maryland’s 2013 ban on assault weapons enacted after the Newtown, Ct school massacre.


Do Criminal Defendants Have Web Rights?

A Supreme Court ruling in June overruled the conviction of a sex offender for violating his probation after posting on Facebook. But that opens up a new legal minefield over limitations on internet access for anyone convicted of a crime, warns a Washington, DC attorney.

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‘Notorious RBG’ Bites Her Tongue–Most of the Time

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has promised to be “more circumspect” after boldly criticizing Donald Trump during the presidential campaign. She didn’t mention him directly during two recent speeches, but she did suggest that the judicial branch enjoys a better reputation than the executive or legislative branches of the federal government.

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Poland Mulls Proposal to Wipe Out Supreme Court

A contentious bill that is racing through the legislative process would dismiss the country’s current Supreme Court judges and let President Andrzej Duda appoint new ones. There were mass protests against the proposal in Warsaw and other cities, and the European Union has voiced stern opposition.


How Concealing Key Evidence Convicts the Innocent

A June 22 Supreme Court ruling that evidence which might prove a defendant’s innocence does not necessarily have to be presented by prosecutors represents a major setback to constitutional guarantees of a fair trial, argues the founder of the National Registration of Exonerations.

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