Month: December 2014

Michael Phelps In Court For DUI

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps pleaded guilty in a Baltimore courtroom yesterday to driving under the influence. He was stopped for speeding in the Fort McHenry tunnel about 1:40 a.m. September 30 after leaving the Horseshoe Casino.  District Judge Braverman gave Phelps

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Boston Marathon Bomber Back In Court

The last time Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in court, at his arraignment in July 2013, he looked and sounded quite different. He was wearing a bright orange jumpsuit, his left hand was bandaged and his face swollen from injuries he suffered

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Two Opinions and Multi District Litigation

Here are some sketches from Tuesday at the Supreme Court.   The Court heard arguments in Gelboim v. Bank of America Corp., a case from the Second Circuit which turned down an appeal of a case in a Multi District

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All Aboooard . . . the Amtrak Limited

The Supreme Court today heard arguments testing the regulatory authority of Amtrak, a quasi-private for-profit company created by congress in 1970 to prop up passenger rail service. The tracks are owned by the rail-freight companies but Amtrak gets priority to

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The Ambiguous Pregnancy Discrimination Act

United Parcel Service came to the Supreme Court this morning to argue that it is pregnancy-blind, that it treats expectant female employees the same as any other employee injured off the job. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act 1978 says, “. . women

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The Hapless Bank Robber

While it poured outside the Supreme Court yesterday morning the Justices inside heard arguments about a statute that imposes a minimum ten year sentence on a bank robber who “forces another person to accompany him”. Larry Whitfield and an accomplice, armed

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Facebook and Ginsburg’s New Jabot

After a sudden hospitalization last week, Justice Ginsburg – who I think has never missed a day of work – was back on the bench this morning to hear arguments. Of this morning’s two cases the second, regarding a Pennsylvania

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