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State attorneys opened trial by playing taped depositions of Donald Trump, his sons and his former attorney Michael Cohen.

by Erik Uebelacker

As the justices took the bench for the first time since June, they denied a petition from John Eastman over emails he was ordered to produce to the House Jan. 6 committee.

by Megan Butler

Newsom appointed Laphonza Butler, a longtime union organizer and current executive director of EMILY's List, to fill the vacancy left by the recently deceased Dianne Feinstein.

by Hillel Aron

Researchers hoping to gain understanding of future groundwater volume in the arid Colorado Plateau looked back nearly 12,000 years to see how higher temperatures affected monsoon rains.

by Gabriel Tynes

The river model was instrumental in charting the potential impacts of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project, which broke ground in August.

by Sabrina Canfield


A new proposal from the State Bar of California offers an alternative to bar exams. It will take thousands of current lawyers to implement it.

by Milt Policzer


By the time you're done listening to our annual Supreme Court term preview, you'll never look at the "administrative state" the same way again.

Courts & the Law

A Supreme Court grammar fight is no child's play: the resulting ruling could knock years off drug convictions.

by Kelsey Reichmann


The voters say technicalities of the witness requirement, already the subject of legal fights, have caused absentee ballots not to be counted.

by Joe Kelly

A new crack in the European Union's support for Ukraine opened up over the weekend after Slovaks gave former Prime Minister Robert Fico an election win. Fico campaigned on ending military aid for Ukraine.

by Cain Burdeau

Around the Nation

Thanks to a weekend rally resulting in a short-term budget deal, lawmakers have until mid-November to sort out their budget squabbles.

by Benjamin S. Weiss

Three claims remain against Charlton Bonham, executive director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and certain others can be amended.

by Alan Riquelmy

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As a funding dispute has lawmakers steering the government toward a shutdown, a trade group is asking the Supreme Court to add another line to their negotiations.

by Kelsey Reichmann


by Daniel Conrad

A federal court in Louisiana declined to dismiss a former criminal defendant’s misconduct claims against a prosecutor after the man was freed from 44 years spent in prison for two rapes he did not commit. The prosecutor allegedly fabricated a police report to defeat the former prisoner’s alibi, behavior that would be excepted from prosecutorial immunity.

A federal court in Washington allows a lawsuit seeking to undo President Biden’s reversals of certain Trump-era immigration policies, on grounds of concern for the environment and illegal immigration, to go to a bench trial. Notably, the only fact issues the court will address concern its jurisdiction.

A federal court in Illinois overruled Nigerian President Bola Tinubu’s objections to his former presidential rival’s attempts to secure a copy of Tinubu’s diploma from Chicago State University. The rival says Tinubu presented a forged diploma to Nigerian election officials before the country’s 2023 presidential election, could disqualify Tinubu’s victory if true.

A federal court in Arizona approved a final class settlement between the state and the ACLU, which sued Arizona for excluding gender-confirming healthcare from its employee health insurance.

A federal court in Nevada denied Traveler’s motion for $2 million in attorney fees in this insurance dispute concerning water damage to a rooftop swimming pool under renovation. Due to errors committed during discovery, and the case’s status as “bungled” and “a colossal waste of resources,” the insurer is not entitled to sanctions.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

A recent college graduate says Elon Musk's tweets misidentifying him as a Neo-Nazi in a Portland, Oregon, street brawl were libel and part of a pattern of "reckless slander," according to a lawsuit filed in state court.

Tinder users complain people are using their profile photos to open fake accounts, despite Tinder's supposedly robust photo verification process.

A new Montana law prohibiting double voting unfairly criminalizes voters, particularly college students, for having two open voter registrations even if voters have no intention to vote in multiple places, according to a pair of voting rights groups in Montana.

Westlake Corp. has polluted surface and groundwater and caused subsidence near the Sulphur Mines Salt Dome, damaging properties and the environment, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court.

Republican U.S. representatives and other New York politicians claim a mail-in voting law violates the state Constitution, which says voters must cast ballots in person unless they are ill, disabled or out of town, according to a suit filed at the Albany County Supreme Court.

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