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Can airline be sued for employee’s statement about dangerous pilot?

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Air Wisconsin could be sued for defamation after a manager reported that a disgruntled pilot had just been fired and might be armed, mentally unstable and traveling as a passenger on ...

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Can a bankruptcy court surcharge a debtor’s constitutionally-protected homestead exemption? See “Can bankruptcy court surcharge debtor’s homestead?” Law v. Siegel, No. 12-5196. Certiorari granted: June 17, 2013. Ruling below: 435 Fed.Appx. 697 (9th Cir. 2011).    

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Any fact that will increase a criminal defendant’s mandatory minimum sentence must be decided by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. See “Justices rule in mandatory minimum case.” U.S. Supreme Court, Alleyne v. United States, No. 11-9335. June 17, 2013. ...

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Even though a judge blatantly violated rules of criminal procedure by advising a defendant that his best option was to “come to the cross” and plead guilty, the defendant cannot automatically vacate his guilty plea unless he shows that he ...

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