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Oct 13, 2023

Admiralty court cancels Titanic salvage hearing

NORFOLK, Va. — A federal admiralty court in Virginia has canceled a Friday hearing to discuss a contested expedition to the Titanic after the salvage firm scaled back its dive plans. But a looming court battle over the 2024 mission is not over yet. RMST Titanic Inc. owns the salvage rights to the world’s most […]

Oct 12, 2023

Judge won’t block NM gun limitations

SANTA FE, N.M. — A federal judge cleared the way Wednesday for enforcement of a public health order that suspends the right to carry guns at public parks and playgrounds in New Mexico’s largest metro area. The order from U.S. District Judge David Urias rejects a request from gun rights advocates to block temporary firearms […]

Oct 11, 2023

Biden documents probe might be near end

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s interview with prosecutors over his handling of classified documents signals that a sprawling investigation that has included questioning of some of his closest aides and at least one cabinet member is nearing a conclusion. The White House revealed Monday night that Biden was interviewed on Sunday and Monday by special […]

Oct 10, 2023

Florida settles lawsuit over COVID-19 data

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida will have to provide COVID-19 data to the public again after a former Democratic state representative settled a lawsuit with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration over the decision two years ago to stop posting information on the virus’ spread online. Then-Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith sued after the Department of Health denied […]

Oct 6, 2023

Dellinger tapped to lead Office of Special Counsel

A lawyer with strong ties to North Carolina has been nominated to lead the federal investigative and prosecutorial agency that protects government employees’ rights, particularly those of whistleblowers. If confirmed by the Senate, Hampton Dellinger will be special counsel in the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a White House release says. He will replace Henry […]

Oct 6, 2023

SEC seeks to compel Musk’s testimony in probe

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday it is seeking a court order that would compel Elon Musk to testify as part of an investigation into his purchase of Twitter, now called X. The SEC said in a filing in a San Francisco federal court that Musk failed to appear for testimony Sept. 15 despite […]

Oct 5, 2023

Suspect in Shakur slaying appears in court

LAS VEGAS — A self-described gangster who police and prosecutors say masterminded the 1996 shooting death of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas made his first court appearance Wednesday on a murder charge. Duane “Keffe D” Davis, 60, stood shackled, wearing a dark-blue jail uniform and plastic orange slippers. He was scheduled to be arraigned on […]

Oct 4, 2023

Trump’s post prompts gag order from judge

NEW YORK — Rebuking Donald Trump, a state court judge imposed a limited gag order Tuesday in the former president’s civil business fraud trial and ordered him to delete a social media post that publicly maligned a key court staffer. Judge Arthur Engoron told all participants in the case not to smear court personnel, warning […]

Oct 3, 2023

Post on X leads to lawsuit against Musk

AUSTIN, Texas — A California man who says he was harassed after Elon Musk amplified posts on his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that falsely placed the man at a confrontation involving far-right protesters sued the billionaire for defamation in a lawsuit filed Monday. Benjamin Brody, 22, is represented by Mark Bankston, […]

Oct 2, 2023

Supreme Court opens new term today

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seems a bit quieter than in recent years, as the justices begin a new term. Major cases await, as they always do, including several challenges to regulatory agencies and efforts to regulate social media platforms. But nothing yet seems on par with conservative-driven decisions overturning Roe v. Wade’s right to […]

Sep 28, 2023

Courts’ work will continue amid government shutdown

Lawyers with federal court cases calendared for next week won’t get a respite even if the U.S. government shuts down. “They’ve got court on Monday. They should be there,” Katherine Hord Simon, clerk for the Western District of North Carolina, said. “The main thing for us is we will be operating business as usual.” Two […]

Sep 26, 2023

Technology and legal education 

When students register for the paralegal studies program at Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Va. they will meet a multicultural cast of characters for a four-minute online orientation.  In the real world, an orientation video like this would have taken weeks to create. But Melissa Brooks, an associate professor and the paralegal program director, has […]

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