Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
The First Circuit. It's one of my personal favorites because of the judges themselves -- from the logoleptic Senior Judge Bruce Selya to the talented storytelling Judge Ojetta Rogeriee Thompson.
What were the year's most exciting stories from the First Circuit? From sex changes to strip clubs to Fidelity's fiduciary duties, these were the 10 most popular posts, in terms of traffic, for 2014:
The size limit on a strip club was supposedly because of "secondary concerns" like traffic and small town aesthetics -- except there was a massive nightclub, warehouse, and drive-in theater nearby...
Judge Selya is a personal favorite because his opinions are always an adventure and a vocabulary lesson -- a lesson intended to keep long-lost words alive.
It's Judge Thompson's turn to impress with her opinion writing. She took us on a ride with a man who accidentally possessed a firearm after borrowing a car.
This stupid lawyer offered to launder money for a felon who he met professionally. Needless to say, it didn't turn out well.
Puerto Rico allows municipalities to erect gates around residential areas to reduce instances of violent crime. Only residents get keys. But Jehovah's Witnesses want to proselytize there. (Update: They can.)
Worcester, Massachusetts, bans panhandling within a short distance of certain types of public areas. We previewed the First Circuit case. (Update: After the First Circuit upheld the state law, within a short time of the Supreme Court finding similar-but-not-identical abortion buffer zones unconstitutional, this has become a hot pick for a SCOTUS case. If so, the Court will face the awkward situation of reviewing an opinion by a former colleague -- Ret. Justice David Souter was on the panel.)
Who owns income generated from retirement assets in the brief period before it is paid out -- the bank or the retirees?
Believe you me: Shoulder touching can be creepy. (Heck, a "hello" from the right person can be creepy and harassing.) But if you stink at your job, it's going to be difficult, if not impossible, to win your case.
Four SCOTUS justices are 75 or older. Barron is on the short list for SCOTUS. Who else is on the list?
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