Wetland Protections

The Seventh Circuit ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture arbitrarily determined that a farm was no longer eligible for certain benefits, because a farmer cut down nine trees. The agency determined that the tree removal converted several acres of wetlands into croplands, but it did not present any evidence that the tree removal “altered the wetland hydrology.”

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Wisconsin Justices Clarify Burglary Charges for Seventh Circuit

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday in response to a question from the Seventh Circuit that prior burglary convictions involving overlapping locations cannot be considered for stiffer sentencing under the federal Armed Career Criminal Act, finding that state law counts them as alternative means of committing a single crime.

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Seventh Circuit Allows Indiana to Continue ICE Detainers

The Seventh Circuit on Thursday vacated a settlement between an Indiana sheriff’s office and the American Civil Liberties Union that prohibited cooperation with federal immigration authorities without a warrant, finding the state has standing to protect its interest in cooperating with immigration enforcement efforts.

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Judge Shares Constitutional Nightmare in Sanctuary City Hearing

Seventh Circuit Judge Ilana Rovner confessed Wednesday that her concern for the separation of powers haunts her dreams during oral arguments in the Trump administration’s second appeal of an injunction blocking its attempt to financially punish so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to enforce federal immigration laws.

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