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Government officials immune from reporter’s claims (access required)

Senior government officials, including the former Attorney General and the Postmaster General, cannot be held liable for claims they unlawfully relied on electronic surveillance to spy on a CBS television reporter because such conduct did not violate a clearly established ...

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Maryland agency immune from discrimination claims (access required)

A Maryland state agency enjoys 11th Amendment immunity against sexual orientation and disability discrimination claims brought by a former employee because the agency did not consent to suit in federal court. Background This appeal and ongoing proceedings in the District ...

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Robocall ban exemption violates First Amendment (access required)

Political organizations argued that an exception for debt collection under the autodialer ban in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or TCPA, represented unconstitutional content-based discrimination against other speech. The Fourth Circuit agreed but held that the exception was severable from ...

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Sentence reduction motion tolled statute for habeas (access required)

A criminal defendant’s petition for habeas corpus relief was timely because his state court motion to reduce his sentence constituted an application for collateral review under Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act that tolled the statute of limitations during its ...

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Ex-lawyer convicted for ‘consigliere’ role in drug organization (access required)

A former lawyer who was prosecuted for his role as “consigliere” in a multi-state marijuana trafficking organization had his convictions for money laundering and obstruction of justice upheld. The convictions were based in large part on inculpatory recorded conversations he ...

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Government officials immune from surveillance claims (access required)

Senior government officials, including the former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, cannot be held liable for claims they unlawfully used electronic surveillance to spy on a CBS television reporter because such conduct did not violate a clearly established right. Background ...

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Prior conviction did not support armed career criminal designation (access required)

Conviction for assault, battery or wounding an officer while resisting arrest could not serve as a predicate offense under the violent felony clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act because it is possible for a person to be convicted of ...

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