A 394-page report released Sept. 14 by the White House predicts that looming automatic across-the-board cuts in the federal budget will be destructive to programs throughout the government.
As thousands of young undocumented immigrants lined up last month for a new program allowing those who meet certain qualifications to stay temporarily in the United States, ABA President Laurel G. Bellows urged applicants to avoid unscrupulous non-lawyer immigration consultants, or “notarios,” who are poised to exploit them.
The ABA urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit this month to hold that Congress’s repeated blocking of cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for Article III judges in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2010 violates the U.S. Constitution’s compensation clause guaranteeing undiminished compensation.
A federal judge ruled Sept. 6 that the Justice Department’s (DOJ) recent attempt to restrict access to counsel for Guantanamo detainees who have a right to petition for habeas corpus relief constituted an “illegitimate exercise of executive power” and ordered that the protective order that has been in place for the past eight years continue to govern access to counsel for detainees.
Congress was poised this month to approve a fiscal year 2013 continuing appropriations resolution that would fund the federal government through March 27, 2013.
The ABA House of Delegates approved a new policy in August urging prosecutors to support, among other things, “an effort to identify the strengths and weaknesses of current forensic science methods.”