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California bar responds to disparate impression allegation relating to facial recognition know-how

After receiving a Feb. 10 demand letter to take away facial recognition know-how from the distant bar examination on the premise it might create an illegal disparate impression for ladies and folks of colour, the State Bar of California issued a response Tuesday. The state bar wrote that the communication was quick on specifics. Moreover asking for extra specifics, the state bar wrote that it doesn’t discriminate within the administration of the bar examination, and the state supreme courtroom, not the bar, has “sole authority” on admissions. The demand letter was despatched by the Legal professionals’ Committee for Civil Rights Beneath Regulation. It threatened authorized motion if the State Bar of California didn’t take away the know-how for the February examination and recommended open-book assessments or diploma privilege as alternate options to the distant examination. (The Legal professionals’ Committee for Civil Rights Beneath Regulation demand letter, the State Bar of California’s response)

Pants-on-fire lawyer is arrested on cocaine cost

A former Miami lawyer whose pants caught fire throughout his shopper’s arson trial was arrested Monday on a cocaine possession cost. Police mentioned they pulled over Stephen Gutierrez for a damaged headlight. Gutierrez allegedly blurted out {that a} steel cylinder in his pocket contained cocaine. Gutierrez’s pants caught fireplace in 2017 throughout a closing argument during which he claimed that his shopper’s automobile might have caught fireplace due to spontaneous combustion. His license was revoked in October 2020. (The Miami Herald, the Associated Press)

Statue of SCOTUS chief justice who supported Plessy can be moved

A former U.S. Supreme Courtroom chief justice who joined the opinion upholding the separate however equal doctrine—Plessy v. Ferguson—will now not be honored with a statue on the garden of the courthouse in Kennebec, Maine. Kennebec County commissioners voted Tuesday to maneuver the statue of the Maine-born chief justice, Melville Fuller, who was the eighth Supreme Courtroom chief justice from 1888 to 1910, to a different location. A committee will suggest a brand new place for the statue, donated by a Fuller relative. (The Bangor Daily News, the Kennebec Journal)

sixth Circuit guidelines for grownup bookstore difficult billboard regulation

The sixth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals at Cincinnati has dominated {that a} Kentucky billboard regulation violates the First Modification as a result of it regulates billboards based mostly on content material. The appeals courtroom dominated for a corporation that owns the Lion’s Den Grownup Superstore in Kentucky, which displayed its billboard hooked up to a tractor trailer on a neighboring property. The Kentucky regulation bans off-site billboards on cellular buildings that haven’t any allow. These necessities don’t apply to on-site billboards, Choose Jeffrey Sutton wrote for the sixth Circuit. (Courthouse News Service, the sixth Circuit Courtroom opinion)

Choose blocks rule that will bar many asylum claims

U.S. District Choose Jon Tigar of the Northern District of California has blocked a Trump administration rule that requires immigrants on the southern border to use for asylum in not less than one nation that they cross by on their strategy to america, with some restricted exceptions. The ultimate rule took impact at some point earlier than President Joe Biden took workplace. (CNN, Law360, American Civil Liberties Union press release, Tigar’s Feb. 16 opinion)