Manafort trial begins

(Lawsiteblog) The trial [NYT report] of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort began on Tuesday. The indictment [indictment, PDF] alleges that Manafort and Richard Gates, a former deputy chair of the Trump campaign and liaison to the Republican National Committee who has already plead guilty to the charges, acted as unregistered agents of Ukraine and...

UK Supreme Court rules patients can be taken off feeding tubes without court approval

(Lawsiteblog) The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that in cases where a patient is in a permanent vegetative state [NHS backgrounder], the patient may be taken off life support, including feeding tubes, without court approval if both the relatives and the doctors are in agreement. The UK Court of Protection will still issue a ruling in cases where...

Supreme Court allows climate change lawsuit against US

The US Supreme Court [official website] rejected [order] a petition [text, PDF] from the US Solicitor General requesting an administrative stay of an environmental lawsuit regarding climate change. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court District of Oregon [official website] by a group of individuals between the ages of eight and 19, alleges that US policies over...

An Unexpectedly Small Piece of Cake

One of the year’s most-watched Supreme Court controversies, Masterpiece Cakeshop, Limited v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission [No. 16-111], was never likely to deliver the full faceoff between Religious Free Exercise and Anti-Discrimination Rights that many people expected.  As I’ll explain more fully below, cake baker Jack Phillip’s claim to avoid administrative sanctions despite refusing on religious grounds to...

Temptation to Compromise

The latest victim in the war against the rule of law and the supremacy of God are Christian faith-based Canadian universities whose graduates require professional licensing by an administrative agent of the government. To understand the significance of the 2018 Trinity Western University (TWU) Supreme Court law society decisions, British Columbia and Ontario, the context...

The Stain of Torture

June 26th is the United Nations’ International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Its purpose — to denounce the crime of torture and proclaim solidarity with its survivors — is in stark opposition to the policy of my government. As a former Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal in West Africa, I walked...

The Law Q&A | Class-action suits: Who gets protection?

On May 21, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employees who have agreed as a term of their employment to arbitrate all disputes with their employers cannot bring class-action lawsuits against those employers. Jsut what is a “class-action” lawsuit, anyway? No, it’s not a lawsuit that is classy. Federal and Illinois law allows lawsuits to...

Best Lawyer/Law Firm

With a combined total of nearly 30 years’ experience, brothers Victor R. and Manuel “Manny” Parra are the powerhouse behind this year’s Best Law Firm. Parra Law Firm has swept the category for the sixth year in a row. Manny graduated from New York University School of Law while his brother, a former UTEP Miner,...