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Judges uphold reporter’s privilege (access required)

Citing a First Amendment reporter’s privilege, two Virginia circuit judges have blocked subpoenas seeking information gathered by a Richmond news reporter. One ruling includes written analysis in a two-page order. Both judges held the company seeking the reporter’s information had ...

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Capital defendant loses bid to file another habeas petition (access required)

Where a North Carolina inmate attempting to challenge his capital sentence on the basis of his intellectual disability could not establish that recent Supreme Court decisions applied retroactively to cases on collateral review, his motion seeking authorization to file a ...

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No violation of First Amendment rights at public hearing (access required)

Although a speaker alleging he was limited from speaking at a public hearing had standing to assert a First Amendment claim, because the topics were limited in a reasonable and viewpoint neutral manner, and the behavior was not “chilling,” there ...

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Jury to decide if officer violated rights of 14-year old (access required)

A jury will decide whether a middle school resource officer who tackled a 14-year old during an investigation into the alleged distribution of nude photographs of a fellow student violated the minor’s constitutional rights. Because it was clear that a ...

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North Carolina violated inmate’s due process rights (access required)

Where a prison disciplinary proceeding that resulted in the revocation of 20 days of an inmate’s “good-time” credits contained no probative evidence to support his conviction, his due process rights were violated, requiring that his good-time credits be restored. Background ...

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Immunity granted in suit brought by prisoner on autism spectrum (access required)

Where a prisoner on the autism spectrum was placed in solitary confinement without stimulation for extended periods of time in 2014 and 2015, prison officials were entitled to immunity against his suit because the law holding that the prison’s practice ...

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Student twice fails to allege due process claim against Virginia Tech (access required)

Where a student found guilty of cheating on the final exam sued Virginia Tech and two employees after his initial suit was dismissed again failed to allege sufficient facts to establish a violation of a protected liberty interest, his second ...

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