Ninth Circuit Tosses Youth Climate Change Suit Against Feds

The Ninth Circuit put the brakes on a landmark climate change suit against the federal government filed by 21 young people, finding that while a factual dispute over whether the government knowingly created climate change by subsidizing the fossil fuel industry exists, courts lack the authority to craft climate policy that ensures a planet capable of sustaining human life.

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Government Apologizes to Epstein Victims But Defends Immunity for His Aides

In the 11th Circuit, government prosecutors at long last uttered the word “sorry” in open court to victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s underage sex ring, after years of refusing to apologize for keeping them in the dark about a deal that protected the wealthy money manager from federal charges.

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Arson

Robert Doggart was improperly convicted of solicitation to commit federal arson for his planned attack on a mosque in New York because the religious building was not used in interstate commerce, as required by the underlying arson statute, the Sixth Circuit ruled. From his home in Tennessee, Doggart plotted to burn down the mosque, plans he shared with an FBI confidential informant. 

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Confidential Hen Info

A federal court must reexamine evidence in a dispute over whether information about the living conditions of hens on egg farms is confidential and exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, the Ninth Circuit ruled, because the Supreme Court’s ruling in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media rewrote the definition for the term “confidential.”

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