157 US law school deans issue collective statement on 2020 election, Capitol attack

Law school deans from 157 law schools across the US issued a collective statement on Tuesday addressing the 2020 election and condemning the attack on the US Capitol on January 6. Because law school deans usually do not collectively speak on issues outside of legal education, this was an unusual occurrence.
The deans who signed the statement on Tuesday represented about two-thirds of US law schools. There are about 235 law schools in the US, 203 of which are ABA-approved. The 157 deans who signed the statement included those of Harvard, CUNY, Stanford and Yale, as well as many other schools throughout the nation.
In the statement, the deans condemned the attack on the Capitol as an “effort to disrupt the certification of a free and fair election” that “was a betrayal of the core values that undergird our Constitution.” They also wrote that, even though many lawyers and judges “worked honestly and


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Trump campaign sues Pennsylvania over ballot drop-off sites

US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) sued Pennsylvania Monday over absentee ballot drop-off locations.
The suit targets the elections boards of all 67 counties in the state. It says that “Free and fair elections are essential to the right of Americans to choose through their vote whom they elect to represent them.” It continues by contending that “Upending our entire election process and undermining ballot security through unmonitored by-mail voting is the single greatest threat to free and fair elections.” The complaint is seeking a to block all counties from counting absentee ballots unless they are mailed by voters directly to their county election office or dropped off in person. Such a ruling would prohibit the use of remote drop off sites statewide.
The suit also alleges that the Commonwealth has engaged in the “illegal implementation of unmonitored mail-in voting which provides fraudsters an easy opportunity to engage


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Supreme Court to hear oral arguments by teleconference due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

The US Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear oral arguments postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic through telephone conference conference between May 4 and May 13.
A number of cases scheduled to be heard in March and April were postponed due to the pandemic, but now telephone conference availability of counsel has been confirmed for at least 10 cases, including McGirt v. Oklahoma, Chiafalo v. Washington, and Trump v. Vance. While hearing these cases, justices and counsel will participate remotely while a live audio feed will be available to news media. It is presently unknown how hearing oral arguments via teleconference will affect the date at which rulings are determined.
Fix the Court, a nonpartisan Supreme Court monitoring group, reports that 72 percent of Americans support remote conferencing for the Supreme Court during the ongoing pandemic. “The American public expects Supreme Court justices to use modern technology to continue doing their


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Federal appeals court rules Georgia laws are public domain

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that annotations that were “made an inextricable part of Georgia’s laws” cannot be copyrighted by the state.
The court said that in general, laws cannot be copyrighted because they are “authored by the People.” After examining the identity of the authors, the authority of the annotations, and the process of writing the annotations, the court concluded “that the annotations in the [Official Code of Georgia Annotated] are sufficiently law-like so as to be properly regarded as a sovereign work,”that is, a work created by the people.”
The intellectual property suit was brought by Georgia against Public.Resource.Org after the organization had posted free copies of the annotated laws online. Previously, the annotations (as well as statutes and court opinions) were only available behind a pay-wall. Public.Resource.Org paid for the copies of the laws that it posted.
The American Civil Liberties Union, which had submitted an amicus brief, praised the decision. The organization said,


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