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Juvenility considered in imposing life sentence (access required)

After the defendant was sentenced to life without parole for crimes committed when he was 17, the Supreme Court held that, when sentencing a minor to life without parole, the court must consider the defendant’s “youth and attendant characteristics.” Because ...

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HHS abortion rule enjoined (access required)

A rule promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services, prohibiting physicians and other providers in Title X programs from referring patients for an abortion and imposing other requirements on entities receiving Title X funds, was enjoined. HHS inadequately ...

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FMLA interference claim fails, leave was exhausted (access required)

Where an employee was correctly told that his leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act was exhausted, his FMLA interference and retaliation claims failed because his termination stemmed from violation of the attendance policy. His assertion that he believed ...

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No habeas relief despite juror’s omissions during voir dire (access required)

Although a juror omitted material information about four additional family members in law enforcement during voir dire of a capital case involving the killing of a police officer, because the record failed to demonstrate the juror was biased or that ...

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Defaulting employer liable for overtime wages and fees (access required)

Where an employer never responded to the employee’s claims for unpaid overtime wages and liquidated damages, the employee was awarded $3,920 in overtime wages, an equal amount as liquidated damages and $8,329.75 in attorneys’ fees and costs. Background Plaintiff filed ...

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