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Afternoon Briefs: California defends bar examination facial-recognition tech; pants-on-fire lawyer arrested

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California bar responds to disparate affect allegation concerning facial recognition expertise

After receiving a Feb. 10 demand letter to take away facial recognition expertise from the distant bar examination on the idea it may create an illegal disparate affect for ladies and folks of shade, the State Bar of California issued a response Tuesday. The state bar wrote that the communication was quick on specifics. Besides asking for extra specifics, the state bar wrote that it doesn’t discriminate within the administration of the bar examination, and the state supreme courtroom, not the bar, has “sole authority” on admissions. The demand letter was despatched by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. It threatened authorized motion if the State Bar of California didn’t take away the expertise for the February examination and prompt open-book checks or diploma privilege as alternate options to the distant examination. (The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law demand letter, the State Bar of California’s response)

Pants-on-fire lawyer is arrested on cocaine cost

A former Miami lawyer whose pants caught fire throughout his shopper’s arson trial was arrested Monday on a cocaine possession cost. Police stated they pulled over Stephen Gutierrez for a damaged headlight. Gutierrez allegedly blurted out {that a} steel cylinder in his pocket contained cocaine. Gutierrez’s pants caught fireplace in 2017 throughout a closing argument wherein he claimed that his shopper’s automotive may have caught fireplace due to spontaneous combustion. His license was revoked in October 2020. (The Miami Herald, the Associated Press)

Statue of SCOTUS chief justice who supported Plessy might be moved

A former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who joined the opinion upholding the separate however equal doctrine—Plessy v. Ferguson—will now not be honored with a statue on the garden of the courthouse in Kennebec, Maine. Kennebec County commissioners voted Tuesday to maneuver the statue of the Maine-born chief justice, Melville Fuller, who was the eighth Supreme Court chief justice from 1888 to 1910, to a different location. A committee will suggest a brand new place for the statue, donated by a Fuller relative. (The Bangor Daily News, the Kennebec Journal)

sixth Circuit guidelines for grownup bookstore difficult billboard regulation

The sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati has dominated {that a} Kentucky billboard regulation violates the First Amendment as a result of it regulates billboards primarily based on content material. The appeals courtroom dominated for a corporation that owns the Lion’s Den Adult Superstore in Kentucky, which displayed its billboard hooked up to a tractor trailer on a neighboring property. The Kentucky regulation bans off-site billboards on cellular constructions that don’t have any allow. Those necessities don’t apply to on-site billboards, Judge Jeffrey Sutton wrote for the sixth Circuit. (Courthouse News Service, the sixth Circuit Court opinion)

Judge blocks rule that may bar many asylum claims

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of the Northern District of California has blocked a Trump administration rule that requires immigrants on the southern border to use for asylum in no less than one nation that they move via on their technique to the United States, with some restricted exceptions. The remaining rule took impact sooner or later earlier than President Joe Biden took workplace. (CNN, Law360, American Civil Liberties Union press release, Tigar’s Feb. 16 opinion)

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