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SCOTUS adds cases on wayward presidential electors, contraceptive coverage exemptions
The U.S. Supreme Court added two high-profile cases on Friday to its docket concerning faithless presidential electors and expanded exemptions to mandated contraceptive coverage.
Judge limits 97-year-old lawyer’s involvement in murder case after courtroom outburst
On Wednesday, a New Jersey judge refused to remove a 97-year-old lawyer from a Bergenfield murder case following a courtroom outburst last Thursday.
Crosstown traffic: SCOTUS considers ‘Bridgegate’ prosecutions

In 2013, three government officials schemed to shut down two of three access lanes from a New Jersey city into the toll plaza for the George Washington Bridge into New York City. The Supreme Court has taken up an appeal one of the officials, who was a deputy chief of staff to then-Gov. Chris Christie. Her lawyers argue that she was convicted essentially for having ulterior political motives.

Judge admits telling suspect to treat women as if ‘holding a feather’ to show ‘you’re the man’ and in control
A New Jersey judge says he has “undertaken an education and enlightenment path” after giving controversial advice to a domestic violence suspect facing multiple charges.
Country club seeks to hold waiter liable for allegedly spilling red wine on $30K handbag
A New Jersey country club sued for a red wine spill that allegedly damaged a $30,000 Hermès handbag is seeking to hold the waiter accountable.
Lawyer disbarred for charging 88-year-old widow an ‘utterly excessive’ fee
The New Jersey Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer for charging an elderly client about $120,000 in a case where an expert witness said he would have charged no more than $15,500.
Prosecutors tossed from drug case after witness is used to record defense lawyer
A New Jersey appeals court has tossed prosecutors from a drug case because detectives wired a witness and sent him to record the criminal defense lawyer who had requested a pretrial interview.
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer accused of shaking down clients; Taco Bell sued over advertised price

Lawyer accused of shaking down Colombian clients through false promises

A Texas lawyer who markets himself as the “DWI Dude” is on trial for allegedly shaking down three Colombian clients…

Longtime municipal judge is charged with grabbing woman’s breasts at his law office
A municipal court judge in New Jersey has been charged with fourth-degree sexual contact for allegedly grabbing a woman’s breasts when she was at his law office.
Lawyer reprimanded for discriminatory statements about Chinese optometrist
A New Jersey lawyer was reprimanded Friday for demeaning and discriminatory statements about the Chinese culture in a letter to a medical malpractice defendant.
3rd Circuit says lawyer isn’t liable for alleged malpractice of husband who listed partnership on letterhead

A legal malpractice plaintiff can’t hold a lawyer liable for her husband’s legal work when the plaintiff didn’t rely on representations that the lawyers were practicing together, a federal appeals…

Judge told woman her nude photos should be sent only to Hugh Hefner, ethics complaint says

A New Jersey judge has issued an apology for courtroom remarks about a “knucklehead” husband, his girlfriend’s suggestive photos and his wife’s failure to file for divorce.

Judge Alberto Rivas…

Former paralegal at US attorney’s office accused of using prosecutor info to expose informants

A paralegal in the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has been indicted for allegedly using government information to identify informants and help her gang member son.

Tawanna Hilliard of…

State orders training for judges after rape comment controversies; ‘good family’ judge resigns

Judges throughout New Jersey will undergo enhanced training following media coverage of controversial remarks made by judges in sexual assault cases.

The mandatory training will focus on sexual assault, domestic…

Judge tells mom of sexual assault victim to keep her mouth shut and sit down

A New Jersey judge told the mother of a sexual assault victim to “keep your mouth shut, sit down” after she made noise in the back of the courtroom and…

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