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  • Harvey Weinstein Denied Win In $1M Fee Fight With Jose Baez

    A New York state judge on Friday denied an early win to Harvey Weinstein in his $1 million fee dispute with criminal defense attorney Jose Baez, saying the incarcerated former media mogul produced nothing but a "self­-serving affidavit" and "haphazard printout" to make his arguments. 

  • Ga. Senate Committee Hints At Changing DA Hiring Law

    A Georgia Senate special committee investigating Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who brought the election interference case against former President Donald Trump, questioned three county officials Friday about the kind of oversight Willis' office faced from the county and hinted that state law related to the hiring of special prosecutors may soon change.

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    Gen AI Shows Promise — And Peril — For Pro Se Litigants

    Research on the capabilities of generative AI tools to help self-represented people has shown potential, but there is broad disagreement about how and when pro se litigants should be using them alone.

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    How Courts Can Use Generative AI To Help Pro Se Litigants

    While law firms and other private entities have so far been at the forefront of the legal industry's experimentation with generative artificial intelligence, experts say that court systems can play a role in deploying the technology to help self-represented litigants navigate court systems, resolve disputes remotely, and fill out required forms.

  • Texas Agency Fired Worker Over Headscarf, DOJ Says

    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice effectively fired an employee who wore a headscarf to work in accordance with her religious beliefs after questioning the sincerity of her faith, the federal government alleged in a lawsuit filed against the agency Friday in Texas federal court.

  • California Judge Ousted For 'Willful,' 'Prejudicial' Misconduct

    A California state judge has been removed from the bench after an investigation found that he conducted a campaign of retaliation against court employees he suspected of being "moles" in a probe against him and lied about his actions to investigators afterward.

  • Feds Say They Didn't Break Law Pursuing Ozy Media, Owner

    Prosecutors are urging a New York federal judge not to grant a defunct media startup and its owner Carlos Watson's request to dismiss the criminal fraud case against them as parties prepare to start picking their jury later this month.

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    Graham Blasts Mass. Judge Nom For 'Radical' Policing Letter

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, blasted a Massachusetts judicial nominee on Friday for failing to disclose prior to his nomination hearing that his name appears on the letterhead of a 2020 public statement issued in the wake of protests following the murder of George Floyd by police.

  • Ex-Defender Can't Make Feds Release Harassment Reports

    A North Carolina federal court rejected a former assistant federal defender's bid to have the federal government release certain #MeToo evidence following a trial over her claims of a botched sexual harassment probe, saying she was "woefully late" in deciding to challenge its confidentiality status.

  • Menendez Says Feds' Talk Of Psychiatrist Invaded Privacy

    U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez says prosecutors in his corruption case violated a New York federal court order and may have tainted the jury pool by allegedly revealing his sensitive private health information in a publicly filed motion opposing the New Jersey politician's request to introduce expert testimony by a psychiatrist.

  • Coverage Recap: Day 7 Of Trump's NY Hush Money Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from day seven.

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    NJ Judge Kugler Reflects On 32 Years Spent As Federal Jurist

    With the fates of his colleagues who didn't get the chance to enjoy retirement weighing on his mind, Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler decided this year it was time to call it a career on the bench in Camden, New Jersey, after three decades of service.

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    Texas Rep. Cuellar Charged With Taking Bribes

    U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar and his wife have been indicted on federal charges they accepted bribes from entities in Azerbaijan and Mexico in exchange for political favors, prosecutors said Friday. 

  • Judge In Trump's Georgia Case Raises $320K For Election Bid

    In his bid for election to his first full term on the bench, the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's Georgia election interference case is enjoying support from a broad swath of the Atlanta legal community, raising over $127,000 in the last three months.

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    Legal Industry Gains Jobs In April Following Downward Trend

    The U.S. legal sector eased back into a positive trajectory in April, with a gain of 3,200 jobs compared with the previous month, according to preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as a mega-merger went live, three firms opened up offices in Boston and another acquired a Denver boutique. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    NY Jury Hears Trump On Tape Discussing $150K Payment

    Manhattan jurors in Donald Trump's criminal trial heard secretly recorded conversations of the former president discussing what prosecutors say is a $150,000 hush money payment for a former Playboy model intended to boost his 2016 election campaign.

  • Ethics, Military Orgs. Back Review Of Judge's Non-Recusal

    An ethics institute at the University of Pennsylvania and a military justice organization told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that a D.C. Circuit judge deprived a former al-Qaida member of a fair hearing when the judge did not recuse himself from the Guantanamo detainee's appeal.

  • No Damages For Native Americans In State Prison

    A group of Native Americans is not entitled to millions in compensation for wrongful prosecution and incarceration in state prison, a Federal Circuit panel said, finding that the group's arguments that provisions of two 19th century self-government rights' treaties as "money-mandating" are unpersuasive.

  • Suspended Detroit Judge Running To Get Her Seat Back

    A Detroit judge suspended by the Michigan Supreme Court for "repeated, deliberate misconduct" is running for an open judicial seat at her former court in the August primary election.

  • Split 10th Circ. Spikes $17.3M Atty Fee Over Class Notice

    A split Tenth Circuit panel has vacated for a second time a $17.3 million attorney fee award for reaching a $52 million class action settlement over gas well royalty payments, with the majority writing that the lower court erred by not requiring a new class notice regarding the revised fee bid.

  • NJ Gov. Backs Letting Ex-Incarcerated Sit On Juries

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that his administration is supporting efforts to restore the right to people who were previously incarcerated to serve on juries, according to an announcement by the governor's office.

  • Coverage Recap: Day 6 Of Trump's NY Hush Money Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from day six.

  • Rules Against Judge Shopping Move Forward At Fed Agency

    Federal appellate courts should review most government agency actions, and cases involving those actions that wind up in district courts should be subject to district-wide assignment to avoid judge shopping, according to recommendations approved Thursday by a committee of the federal agency charged with improving government rulemaking.

  • 4th Circ. Finds Judge Appointment Legit In Black Lung Case

    The Fourth Circuit ruled that an administrative law judge who presided over a black lung benefits case was properly reappointed by the U.S. Department of Labor, rejecting Dominion Coal Corp.'s contention that his seating violated the Constitution's appointments clause.

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