On Monday, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned some states from offering wagering on sports. The court’s decision allows states to decide for themselves whether to permit sports betting, which clears the way for an anticipated boom in the industry — an outcome sought by Maryland’s largest casinos.Here’s what you need to know about the decision and what it means for Marylanders.1. What did the Supreme Court do?At the request of New Jersey, the court struck down a 1992 federal law banning states from the business of sports betting. The decision clears the way for states to authorize wagering on games.2. But weren’t people already betting on sports?Yes, there is an underground market in which people bet online through offshore sites. The American Gaming Association says it is a multibillion-dollar industry that has been unregulated and untaxed. The Super Bowl and March Madness tend to attract huge interest from American customers. Of … [Read more...] about FAQ: What the Supreme Court’s decision on sports betting means for Maryland
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is not noted for its speed or adaptability, but it moved very quickly to post a link to an audio recording of arguments over President Donald Trump's travel ban.Less than an hour after the justices left the bench Wednesday, the public was able to listen to the courtroom action in the high-profile case.The fast turnaround raises two questions: Why not just provide live audio of the proceedings? At the very least, why not do same-day release more often?One answer is that the justices may believe that allowing prompt and frequent audio release will be another step down the slippery slope toward cameras in the courtroom. Most of the justices are on record as opposing televised sessions.The court has said there is no logistical obstacle to an audio livestream. Audio has occasionally been made available on the day of arguments since December 2000, when the court heard the Bush v. Gore case that helped settle the presidential election.But in recent … [Read more...] about SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Why not live audio from high court?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Goodwin Globe Staff April 25, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court appeared poised Wednesday to tune out President Trump’s inflammatory anti-Muslim statements on the campaign trail and uphold his executive order banning travel from seven primarily Muslim countries.In hearing the case Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, a key swing vote, seemed largely unmoved by the argument that Trump exceeded his authority with the ban, or that it unconstitutionally discriminates against Muslims. Instead, they appeared to favor the Trump administration’s argument that the ban is a legal exercise of the chief executive’s broad powers to protect the United States. Roberts asked whether the president could take any action in the Muslim world without the courts probing him for religious bigotry. Advertisement “What … [Read more...] about Key Supreme Court justices appear friendly to travel ban
Home Daily News Lawyer who used nonlawyers to sell living… Legal Ethics By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted April 17, 2018, 7:00 am CDT Shutterstock.com. A lawyer who was disbarred in Pennsylvania for using nonlawyers to market and explain living trusts to elderly people has received a two-year suspension in New Jersey for the same conduct. The New Jersey Supreme Court suspended Barry Bohmueller for two years, but he cannot seek reinstatement until he is reinstated to law practice in Pennsylvania, according to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s order issued last Thursday. Law360 covered the case. The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Review’s recommendation last July had cited the findings of the Disciplinary Board in Pennsylvania, where Bohmueller was disbarred in 2015. Bohmueller had hired a company operated by a nonlawyer called Estate Planning Advisors to promote and sell living trusts on Bohmueller’s behalf. The conduct occurred between 2000 and 2004. … [Read more...] about Lawyer who used nonlawyers to sell living trusts is suspended in New Jersey
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a motion to dismiss corruption charges [motion, PDF] against Senator Bob Menendez [official profile], with the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] Wednesday.The motion cited the court's dismissal last week [JURIST report] of 7 out of 18 government charges.This was the DOJ's second attempt to convict Menendez on the charges. In November 2017 a judge declared a mistrial [JURIST report] after the jury ended in a 10-2 deadlock in favor of acquittal.The democratic senator from New Jersey was charged in 2015 with multiple counts of bribery, fraud, violating the Travel Act and making false statements to government officials.Future prosecution of elected officials for corruption may be more difficult [[LA Times report] due to the Supreme Court's [official website] 2016 decision in McDonnell v. United States [SCOTUSblog materials]. … [Read more...] about DOJ drops corruption charges against New Jersey Senator Menendez