Long-Running Arizona School Segregation Fight Returns to Ninth Circuit

The lingering effects of school segregation, which largely ended in Arizona in the 1950s, still echo through the courts more than four decades after a Hispanic mother claimed Tucson’s school district was “tri-ethnic,” offering a very different experience for Black, Hispanic and white students.

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Ninth Circuit Considers Undoing Block of Asylum Ban

The Ninth Circuit Friday considered whether the Trump administration’s asylum ban could apply to those “metered” at ports of entry and waiting their turn to enter the United States when the ban went into effect last year, a decision which could determine whether an estimated 26,000 people will get their day in Immigration Court.

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Berkeley Protest

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of First Amendment and Equal Protection claims against University of California officials brought by a woman whose plans to attend a speech by far-right political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley were thwarted by protests. The woman’s battery claim against one of the protesters, however, was improperly dismissed.  

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Ninth Circuit Greenlights Drilling in Alaska Reserve

Drilling can proceed in a sensitive Alaskan reserve without an update to the government’s 2012 assessment of whether the oil and gas development would speed up climate change, and despite the fact that the assessment was completed four years before the oil at issue was discovered, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday.

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Dinosaur Fossils

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a ruling in favor of ranch owners, finding they are the sole owners of dinosaur fossils discovered on their property. The Montana Supreme Court answered a certified question concluding that dinosaur fossils were not a “mineral” and belonged to the surface estate, and that decision requires a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs. 

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Qualified Immunity

The Ninth Circuit reversed a ruling that had been granted in favor of the City of Hayward, California, and a police officer sued for excessive force by the brother of a car passenger who was shot to death. The officer is not entitled to qualified immunity for shooting at a person in a fleeing vehicle who did not “pose a danger to them or the public.” 

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