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SCOTUS blocks restrictions on non secular conferences at properties throughout pandemic

The U.S. Supreme Court docket blocked California’s restrictions on non secular conferences at properties throughout the COVID-19 disaster in a 5-4 vote Friday night time. The state limits gatherings in properties to a few households, together with non secular gatherings. The excessive court docket’s per curiam majority opinion mentioned California handled some comparable secular actions extra favorably than the house gatherings. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. dissented however didn’t be part of the dissenting opinion by Justice Elena Kagan. Her dissent was joined by the court docket’s two different liberal justices. (The New York Times, the Washington Post, the April 9 opinion through How Appealing)

Former AG Ramsey Clark dies at 93

Ramsey Clark, who was the U.S. legal professional basic within the Johnson administration, died Friday at age 93. Clark backed civil rights as legal professional basic after which went on to defend a “rogues’ gallery of accused terrorists and warfare criminals,” based on the Washington Publish. Clark commented on his controversial shoppers in a November 2018 interview with the ABA Journal. “The more serious the general public notion, the extra essential the efficient protection is,” Clark mentioned. “That’s the place you actually measure whether or not our rights are relevant in essentially the most hateful circumstances.” (The Washington Post, the New York Times)

Morgan Lewis sues Pierce Bainbridge over lease

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has filed a grievance in California court docket alleging that Pierce Bainbridge and its predecessor agency owe greater than $436,000 in unpaid lease underneath a sublet settlement. The go well with says Morgan Lewis sublet a flooring of the Wells Fargo Heart in Los Angeles to Pierce, Bainbridge, Beck, Worth & Hecht in January 2019, however the successor agency, Pierce Bainbridge, stopped paying the complete quantity in April 2020. Pierce Bainbridge has seen the departure of a number of attorneys amid lawsuits for alleged unpaid loans. (Bloomberg Law, Law360, the April 2 complaint)

State elections fee basic counsel faces little one porn costs

Eric M. Lipman, basic counsel for the Florida Elections Fee, has been arrested on 11 counts of kid pornography. Lipman has been positioned on administrative go away. The Leon County, Florida, sheriff’s workplace started to research after receiving a tip from the Nationwide Heart for Lacking & Exploited Kids. Investigators discovered little one porn in recordsdata despatched to Lipman’s e mail account, an arrest report alleged. (The Tallahassee Democrat)