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Oct 11 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
BREAKING: On a 2-1 vote, the 11th Circuit DENIES Florida’s request that it be allowed to enforce its anti-drag law against everyone in the state except the plaintiffs during the appeal.
tl;dr: The law remains wholly blocked.
Background at Law Dork: lawdork.com/p/florida-anti…
Jordan and Rosenbaum, both Obama appointees, hold that the district court did not abuse its discretion in granting an injunction prohibiting all enforcement of the ban, given its underlying finding that the law is likely overbroad and this likely facially unconstitutional.
Oct 10 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Oh my god, y'all. I wrote last night about how out of control the Fifth Circuit is — — but I had NO IDEA what was coming down the pike ...lawdork.com/p/the-supreme-…
Today, Judge Jerry E. Smith published a mock opinion as an attachment to a dissent in a death penalty case, writing that it's "the Fifth Circuit panel opinion that should have been issued." He literally published it, putting other judge's names on it! I am losing my mind here.
Sep 26 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s attempts to use its new congressional maps that a lower court ruled illegal or stop that lower court from redrawing the state’s congressional maps to conform with the Voting Rights Act. There were no noted dissents.
Alabama passed a map this summer with just one majority-Black district after the Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling that two “opportunity districts” were required. Alabama was asking #SCOTUS to let it use the one-district map. The court resoundingly said no this morning.
Sep 25 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
The Fifth Circuit granted panel rehearing in the social-media case against the Biden administration one business day after LA/MO requested it, before the government responded, and while the injunction is administratively stayed by SCOTUS pending a ruling on a stay request.
The Fifth Circuit is not a court of law, exhibit 893507.
Sep 14 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Breaking: As a result of the Georgia court severing the speedy trial cases, and the 11th Circuit setting an expedited briefing schedule on Mark Meadows’s appeal in his removal action, Meadows moves to *withdraw* his motion for a stay pending appeal. storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
As a part of that motion, Meadows notes that tomorrow’s scheduled arguments mightn’t be necessary.
Sep 11 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
In his federal court removal effort, Mark Meadows asked the district court for a stay pending appeal this morning. In it, his lawyers say he'll be filing at the 11th Circuit this afternoon. storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
The district court expedited Meadows's request, asks Willis's office to respond in less than 24 hours, by noon Tuesday. (But, again, Meadows said he's going to the 11th Circuit today, so, now they have a choice to make.) storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
Sep 8 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
BREAKING: The Fifth Circuit, in an unsigned opinion, upholds aspects of the injunction against the Biden administration relating to social media companies. It ultimately narrows the injunction to one provision, which it alters to the following: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
The people covered by the injunction is also limited further, as detailed on pp. 72-72.
Aug 30 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
BREAKING: Tennessee prosecutor threatens pride event, warning he will enforce anti-drag law. A lawsuit against the prosecutor, Blount County's Ryan Desmond, is expected on Wednesday.
A Law Dork exclusive: lawdork.com/p/tennessee-pr…
The prosecutor literally sent a letter to cops and the pride event organizers *together* saying that the pride event "may violate" the anti-drag law struck down by a judge hearing a case elsewhere and that he would still prosecute alleged violations. lawdork.com/p/tennessee-pr…
Aug 22 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
👀 Quite a four-act play starring Trump Employee 4, the director of information technology for Mar-a-Lago, per the special counsel's latest filing in USA v. Trump (Florida). Guest star: Mr. Woodward (Stanley E. Woodward, a Washington, DC, lawyer). storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
The argument section is, perhaps, even more brutal. First, the special counsel is like, "Don't be so cute, Nauta. We're not ~diminishing Cannon's authority~ through the existence of a grand jury elsewhere.
Aug 21 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
BREAKING: A three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit allows enforcement of Alabama's ban on gender-affirming care for minors — reversing a trial court's injunction. The appeals court panel was all Trump appointees. More to come at Law Dork: lawdork.com
I have not been following this BigTech/government speech case out of Louisiana (basically, Twitter Files, but in court(?)), but here's the 155-page opinion granting the plaintiffs' preliminary injunction (in part) that dropped today, on a federal holiday. storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
And here's the judgment, which is one of the wilder court documents I have read: storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.usco…
Jun 30 • 18 tweets • 4 min read
OK. Final #SCOTUS decisions are expected at 10a. The only cases left are the student loan plan challenges and the 303 Creative case. I’ll be covering the decisions here, and then at Law Dork. Subscribe — there are free and paid options — here: lawdork.com
303 Creative has been in the news the past two days over questions about a claim made by Lorie Smith that 303 Creative had received a request for a same-sex wedding website.
• @srl: https://t.co/qZvJbslxlxnewrepublic.com/article/173987… theguardian.com/law/2023/jun/2…
Jun 26 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
#SCOTUS orders out of last week’s private conference — what, if any, new cases they’ll be taking — expected in 5 minutes. A lot more expected from the court the rest of the week, though. Read about it at Law Dork now: lawdork.com/p/supreme-cour…
#SCOTUS grants two new cases:
• Moore v. US, about income taxes and the Sixteenth Amendment
• Rudisill v. McDonough, about education benefits under the GI Bill
Jun 17 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
NEW: Another drag ban ruling!
A senior judge appointed by Obama rules on a Utah city's actions denying a permit for a drag show: "[J]ust as we enjoy and prize our rights, we must value and respect the rights of others. This case presents an opportunity for our recommitment."
BREAKING: Federal judge blocks enforcement of Indiana’s ban on gender-affirming medical care, aside from the provision addressing gender confirmation surgery. The injunction includes the new law’s ban on “aiding and abetting.” More to come at Law Dork: lawdork.com
Note: Like most of the bans, Indiana’s ban only addresses treatment for minors.
Jun 16 • 9 tweets • 4 min read
We're expecting one or more #SCOTUS opinions starting at 10a. After yesterday, 20 cases remain, including a lot of the big ones (see image). Follow along here for live-tweeting, and subscribe to Law Dork now to get any of my reporting that follows: lawdork.com
Just one or two opinions coming this morning.