A Florida man accused of facilitating an illegal health care scheme has been spared additional prison time, ending the Justice Department’s attempt to reprosecute him after his sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump. Philip Esformes on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and was sentenced to […]
Is it a crime to learn something by reading a copyrighted book? What if you later summarize that book to a friend or write a description of it online? Of course, these things are perfectly legal when a person does them. But does that change when it’s an artificial intelligence system doing the reading, learning, […]
This Prosecutor Secretly Worked for the Judges Overseeing His Cases. Will His Victims Be Able To Sue?
There’s an inverse relationship between the shock value in Erma Wilson’s criminal justice experience and the remedy, or lack thereof, afforded to her for an alleged violation of her constitutional rights. Despite a federal judge calling her story “utterly bonkers,” she has been barred from going before a jury and stating her civil case against […]
A federal judge this week issued a preliminary injunction against the city of Houston blocking it from enforcing an ordinance that prohibits feeding more than five needy people anywhere—including public property—without permission. In a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas Andrew Hanen agreed with the Houston chapter of Food […]
A federal judge dismissed Disney’s lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on the grounds that the entertainment giant did not have sufficient standing to bring the First Amendment challenge. In the lawsuit, Disney argued that DeSantis had unconstitutionally retaliated against the company by organizing a state takeover of the special taxing district that had been […]
A journalist asked the police a few questions and was arrested by that same agency for publishing the answers. That this happened not in China or Russia but in the U.S. may be a bit surprising. Yet that’s the conduct a federal court greenlit last week when it ruled that law enforcement in Laredo, Texas, […]