Robert Morgenthau

  • Julian Assange (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 02.05.16

    * Today the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention held WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London for more than three years, is being “arbitrarily detained” arguing he should be allowed freedom of movement without fear of being extradited to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning for a variety of charges including rape. Though the decision has no formal authority, but Assange, who has maintained his innocence on the Swedish charges, can at least claim a moral victory. That’s something at least. [Washington Post]

    * The Fourth Circuit found that Maryland’s gun law, passed in the wake of the horrific Newton shooting, should be reviewed under a strict scrutiny standard since it “significantly burdens the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home” and remanded the case back to the district court. [Wall Street Journal]

    * Uber had an actual victory amid all of its legal woes. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided against combining over a dozen employment cases into a MDL. [National Law Journal]

    * Meet the woman recently hired as the NFL’s senior vice president for investigations. Lisa Friel, formerly a New York prosecutor in the Sexual Victim’s Unit under District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, is charged with investigating all potential violations of the league’s personal conduct code. Hopefully she can bring some consistency to the process. [New York Times]

    * The human cost behind a life led in immigration limbo. No wonder last night’s Dem debate spent so much time talking about the need for comprehensive immigration reform. [CNN]

    39 Comments / / Feb 5, 2016 at 9:02 AM
  • The Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse

    9/11, Books, Federal Judges, Jed Rakoff, S.D.N.Y., War on Terror

    The Mother Court: Tales Of Cases That Mattered In America’s Greatest Trial Court

    The Southern District of New York: a great trial court, or the greatest trial court?

    12 Comments / / Jul 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • Nauseating Things, Vermin / Rodents / Pests

    Move Over, Muppets: Bedbugs Take Manhattan (D.A.’s Office)

    I recently wondered, on Twitter, whether it’s only a matter of time before everyone in Manhattan has bed bugs. Bedbugs are like death and taxes: they will get you eventually, and the only question is when. For lawyers and staff in the legendary Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the answer may be: soon. An employee in […]

    23 Comments / / Sep 10, 2010 at 5:31 PM