Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions
Please enjoy the latest edition of Short Circuit, a weekly feature from the Institute for Justice.
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- After unsuccessfully seeking an unredacted copy of the 2016 Mueller Report through a FOIA request, the media outlet Buzzfeed sues the Department of Justice. On appeal, Buzzfeed challenges only the district court’s decision to uphold the redaction of information about unidentified individuals—*cough* Don Jr. *cough*—implicated in but not charged with campaign finance violations. D.C. Circuit: Buzzfeed can’t get most of what it wants, but it can get the detailed discussion of DOJ’s charging decisions.
- When the M/V Galani hit the M/V Marina in the Paros-Antiparos Strait, a woman named Curtis with wounds most injurious brought suit in the United States. Facing disaster, the Galani’s master claimed forum non conveniens. The First Circuit said no and that’s how it would go; so here in the States he defends.
- In which the First Circuit reminds young people that, although they have a First Amendment right to be jerks, there are limits to their right to be jerks in public school.
- Did a company fail to effectively enforce safety rules by not disciplining an employee who obeyed his direct supervisor’s order to go into an unsafe trench? (It disciplined the supervisor.) OSHA: Close call, but yes. Fifth Circuit: Affirmed. Dissent: Close call? Closer to a deranged call.
- Parents of children with disabilities challenge Texas’s order prohibiting mask mandates. District court: The mask-mandate ban violates the ADA and may not be enforced. Fifth Circuit: The ban’s ban may not take effect while we consider it more fully.
- In 1988, three women are abducted, sexually assaulted around Miami Township, Ohio. Detectives rule out a tip about a GM security guard, which came in from a vindictive supervisor and didn’t match the evidence of the crimes. A new detective takes over the investigation, replace
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