High court: No new trial over withheld evidence in D.C. murder case | Appeals court: Miss. can enforce law on refusing service to same-sex couples | Tech companies face increasing Russian requests for source code
June 23, 2017
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High court: No new trial over withheld evidence in D.C. murder case
The men convicted of killing Catherine Fuller in Washington, D.C., in 1984 are not entitled to a new trial because evidence withheld by the prosecution was "too little, too weak, or too distant" to have changed the trial's outcome, Justice Stephen Breyer said in announcing a 6-2 Supreme Court decision. Justice Elena Kagan dissented, writing that if evidence about a man convicted of similar crimes had been shared, "the whole tenor of the trial would have changed."
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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Appeals court: Miss. can enforce law on refusing service to same-sex couples
A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on Thursday overturned a lower court's decision blocking a Mississippi law that allows businesses and government employees to refuse service to same-sex couples on the basis of religious beliefs. The appeals panel held that the plaintiffs did not prove the law poses harm to them.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (6/22) 
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Tech companies face increasing Russian requests for source code
Experts say Russia is requesting to see Western tech companies' security-related source code not only to protect the country against spies but to also look for places where the code can be exploited. Many firms have hesitated to curtail Russian access to the code because they fear losing sales in the Russian information-security market, attorney Roszel Thomsen said.
Reuters (6/23) 
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Business Practices and Professional Development
Applying human-centered design thinking to law
A human-centered process drives the corporate culture at design firm IDEO and eliminates an "us versus them" mentality, said general counsel Rochael Soper Adranly. "We designed the legal department to serve the human beings at IDEO and our culture," Adranly said.
Thomson Reuters (6/19) 
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Laws, Cases and Regulations
High court: US can't revoke woman's citizenship over false statement
The government cannot rescind citizenship over falsehoods or omissions that have no bearing on the original decision to allow someone to enter the US, the Supreme Court held. In the underlying case, a Bosnian Serb refugee was denaturalized because she lied about her husband's military service.
Reuters (6/22) 
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Judge's order suspends Iraqi Christians' deportation
US District Judge Mark Goldsmith on Thursday put a 14-day freeze on deportation orders for 114 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area. Goldsmith will determine whether his court has jurisdiction in the case, while the American Civil Liberties Union says the immigrants would be in danger if they were returned to Iraq.
The Associated Press (6/23) 
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Appeals court: Confession in "Making a Murderer" case was involuntary
A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that Brendan Dassey, whose case was featured in the documentary "Making a Murderer," made an involuntary confession to police. Wisconsin should release Dassey barring a decision to retry him within 90 days or to seek a US Supreme Court review, the appeals panel said.
National Public Radio (6/22) 
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Lawsuit accuses Trump of disregard for presidential-records rules
President Donald Trump has defied the Presidential Records Act in his use of electronic messaging via platforms such as Twitter, two nonprofit groups allege in a lawsuit filed Thursday. "Presidential statements made on Twitter sent from the President's personal Twitter account, which are subject to federal record-keeping obligations, have been destroyed," the lawsuit says.
Courthouse News Service (6/22) 
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D.C. Bar News
"Low Bono for the Small Firm Lawyer"
Join Marc Borbely of D.C. Tenants' Rights Center and Steven Krieger of Steven Krieger Law for "Low Bono for the Small Firm Lawyer," a Lunch and Learn program presented by the D.C. Bar's Practice Management Advisory Service. These attorneys will discuss implementation of alternative fee structures, marketing a low bono firm, and the technology tools used to run and manage a low bono practice.
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Comment on 23 applicants for pending judicial vacancy
6 attorneys recommended for 2 D.C. Superior Court vacancies
The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission seeks public comment on 23 candidates for a vacancy on the D.C. Superior Court. The deadline is July 20.
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