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Plaintiff lacks standing to challenge firearm statute (access required)

Where the plaintiff’s argument that a new Virginia statute restricting a person’s access to firearms in certain circumstances was unconstitutional and would inhibit his ability to express himself out of fear he might be subjected to the statute, was speculative ...

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City charter signature provisions are valid (access required)

Where COVID-19 emergency orders hampered plaintiffs’ efforts to collect signatures on a petition to have the city of Norfolk adopt a “2nd Amendment Preservation” ordinance, the signature requirements in Norfolk’s city charter are not unconstitutional as applied to plaintiffs. Further, ...

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Baltimore’s aerial surveillance allowed to continue  (access required)

Where Baltimore’s short-term aerial surveillance program does not target particular individuals or violate a reasonable expectation of privacy, and seeks to meet a serious law enforcement need without burdening constitutional rights, the denial of community activists’ request for a preliminary ...

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$2 million in fees and costs awarded in court access case (access required)

Courthouse News Service prevailed in its suit alleging a lack of timely access to court records and was awarded nearly $2 million in attorneys’ fees and costs. Although the defendants argued the rates charged by Bryan Cave Leighton & Pasiner’s ...

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School board violated transgender student’s rights (access required)

The Gloucester County School Board’s policy requiring students to use bathrooms matching their “biological gender,” and its refusal to amend a student’s records to reflect his gender identity after his transition, were not substantially related to important governmental interests and ...

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Portions of Anti-Riot Act held unconstitutional (access required)

Although sections of the anti-riot act failed to bear the requisite relation between speech and lawlessness, the convictions of two defendants for violent participation in three white supremacist rallies were affirmed because their conduct fell under the statute’s surviving provisions. ...

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Fees reduced for overstaffing and ‘reinventing the wheel’ (access required)

Although the prisoners’ rights organization that prevailed in a First Amendment suit against a jail authority and its superintendent was awarded reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses, payments were limited to four attorneys rather than 10, and the hours of the ...

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