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Vacation rental dispute raises Constitutional questions

Carol and Jerard Muszik are making a federal case out of their dispute with their Florida beach community, Redington Shores, over the town’s short-term vacation rental regulations.  In mid-December, their company, Management Properties, LLC, sued their home town in U.S. District Court in Tampa for…

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Domestic terrorism prosecutions reach all-time high

The insurrection attempt by a mob on the nation’s capitol may be part of a larger trend of increasing incidents of right-wing domestic terrorism.  “I think it’s not a one-off,” said William C. Banks, law professor at Syracuse University College of Law.  “We’re in a…

Protesters seen all over Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol

Specifics of Capitol attack will decide which charges rioters face

Most Americans were astonished Jan. 6 as they watched a band of Trump supporters rush the Capitol, loot offices, threaten civilians and trash Congressional offices. This occurred shortly after President Donald Trump urged some of his most rabid supporters to fight harder against what he…

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New law brings sweeping changes to horse racing

Apparently, the horse racing industry is a lot like politics: It makes for strange bedfellows.  In late December, tucked into the fiscal-year 2021 omnibus spending bill passed on Capitol Hill, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act became law, bringing with it — right out of…

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Demand for patents up, number of patent lawyers down. Why?

While the number of patent litigation lawyers is decreasing more than any other segment of law practice, patent lawsuits are on the rise, with the COVID-19 pandemic as one of several factors fueling the demand for patents and their protection.  The pandemic has spurred online…

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Confederate statues falling since George Floyd killing

In the months that followed the police killing of George Floyd, 111 Confederate symbols and monuments were taken down and removed across the country, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the monuments. In addition, over the objections of President Trump, Congress approved…

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What Biden might do, and not do, for criminal justice reform

Incoming President Joe Biden has said he will seek police reforms, end capital punishment in America and eliminate money bail. As with any president, some things he can do, but in other cases he is limited by the powers of his office. For example, he…

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Republican attorneys general group sponsored pre-riot Trump rally

CORRECTION: This article has been updated. An earlier version incorrectly listed one of the donors to the Rule of Law Defense Fund. The chairman of an organization that sponsored President Trump’s rally that preceded the assault on the nation’s capital on Wednesday is distancing himself…

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