Sidewalk Chalk

A political activist arrested after writing messages with chalk on a public sidewalk outside of a county commissioner’s building in Washington State may pursue her malicious prosecution and First Amendment claims against certain county commissioners, a federal court in the state ruled

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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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Cellphone Sentence

A man was properly sentenced to 12 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for possessing a cell phone in a jail where he was being held on a misdemeanor charge, the state’s supreme court ruled. The man claims his sentence is “grossly disproportionate” to the crime but it falls within the statutory range of three to 15 years. 

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Israel Boycott Law

An attorney’s claims against Arizona relating to a state law that prohibits public entities from contracting with companies that “engage in a boycott of Israel” are moot, the Ninth Circuit ruled. The law was amended in 2019 so that it now applies only to companies with 10 or more full-time employees and contracts valued at $100,000 or more.

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Elder Abuse

A trial court improperly denied a defendant’s motion to exclude evidence of statements she made to a counselor admitting that she had smothered her grandmother with a pillow, an Oregon appeals court ruled, finding that the state’s elder abuse reporting statutes “only abrogate privileged communications to the extent that a report be submitted.”

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