Overturning the bribery convictions Monday of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, the Supreme Court found lacking evidence against the Republican. 

     A draft of the Democratic Party's platform heading into the party's July convention in Philadelphia includes many of the items Sen. Bernie Sanders advocated during his presidential campaign, including a $15 minimum wage, a multi-millionaire surtax, and abolishing the death penalty.

     Have you ever been enormously excited by the opening part of a sentence only to be severely disappointed by the end of the sentence?
     Prepare to be briefly excited by this half sentence from a ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit called NAAMJP v. Lynch:
     "In response to these points, NAAMJP spews a slew of bad words to describe Rule 701, including...."
     This has got to be good, right?
     Here's the payoff:
     "... including discriminatory, monopolistic, balkanizing, and unconstitutional."
     Really?
     Those are your idea of bad words?
     If I were those words, I'd sue for defamation. (Hey, if corporations can sue, why not words?)
     The teasing sentence, by the way, isn't the only odd thing about this ruling. It seems, according to the court, that the federal district court in Maryland "encourages other jurisdictions to adopt liberal licensing standards" by making it hard to get licensed in Maryland.
     It seems that the Maryland federal court won't license lawyers from states that won't license Maryland. Take that, non-liberal admission states!
     Some of you may be wondering why other state federal courts would care about whom the Maryland federal court allowed to practice.
     Continue to wonder.
     Now wonder about this: the Maryland court also won't license out-of-state lawyers who have offices in Maryland. This "ensures effective local supervision of the conduct of attorneys."
     Do you get the feeling these rules were written on Opposite Day? How can you possibly supervise someone if they insist on being around?
     I'm pretty sure if I were a lawyer in Virginia with an office in Maryland, I'd be using some real bad words.
     The ruling of the appeals court, in case you're wondering about that too, upheld the principle that courts can do whatever the heck they want.
     So if you want to practice federal law in Maryland, either move your main office there or get the heck out.
     Love it or leave it (and thus be able to work there either way).

     Bait and switch. Is there a message when there isn't a message?
     I know that's one of the great philosophical questions, but I have a concrete example for you. Consider this image from a bus ad:

     Seem innocuous?
     Maybe it is, but it's an ad for one of those clinics that seems to be reaching out to pregnant women thinking about abortions and then does everything it can to prevent abortions.
     This may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view, but it's kind of hard to deny its sneakiness. It's the morality police deciding that honesty isn't part of their morality.
     Be that as it may, does it really matter whether the ad is for a pro-abortion or anti-abortion clinic. Either way, it stands for something political or moral even if the position is a surprise.
     Or does it?
     I bring this up because the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week ruled in a case called Women's Health Link v. Fort Wayne Public Transportation that this particular ad can't be refused by a bus company for taking a political or moral stand since it doesn't say that it does.
     "We know that Health Link is pro-life," the court said, but since the ad didn't say it, it was "innocuous" and banning it was discriminatory.
     Deception is constitutionally protected.

     The Supreme Court dealt a blow to abortion restrictions Monday, striking down a Texas law that set impossible-to-meet standards for clinics to operate in the state. 

     Hillary Clinton focused on the economy in at a Monday rally in Ohio with Sen. Elizabeth Warren that drew a crowd of more than 2,000.

     Citing "changed circumstances," presidential candidate Donald Trump moved late last week to decertify a San Diego class action over seminars aimed at teaching attendees how to get rich off the collapse of the U.S. real estate market. 

     Global stock markets lost more than $2 trillion in value on Friday after Briton's voted to leave the European Union, setting the stage for an uncertain and volatile week ahead in politics and finance.

     A fearless yet mournful crowd flooded Manhattan's streets for the nation's largest gay-pride march on Sunday to honor the 49 victims killed in the Orlando shooting. Even presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance.

     Verizon Wireless withdrew its lawsuit against the city of Capitola after the quaint California beach town reversed its denial of a communications tower construction permit. 

     One of the owners of the Nashville Predators hockey team claims in court that he kept the franchise in town and wasn't repaid for his efforts. 

     A federal judge blocked the Labor Department's "persuader" rule Monday, finding that the new requirement for employers to disclose the identities of anti-union consultants they hire infringes on attorney-advice protections. 

     A man who killed two and wounded three others when he crashed his pickup truck into a group of bicyclists faces civil negligence claims from the victims and their families. 

     A former fire battalion chief ousted for referring to days at work without female employees as "No Bitch Tuesdays," among other acts of discrimination, is suing to get his job back. 

     After a lawyer lost his bid to disqualify a judge in a child custody case, the matter turned into a long-running vendetta that culminated in the lawyer's campaign to unseat the judge, using attack ads on a talk radio station in Montana. 

     Authorities said Friday night that weather and topography are the biggest challenges facing firefighters combating a fast-moving wildfire that has scorched thousands of acres in eastern Kern County, Calif.

     The Supreme Court took a stand on gun control and women's safety Monday in upholding a firearms ban for convicted domestic abusers. 


     The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a patent-infringement case centered on DNA testing kits used to analyze genetic differences between people. 

     The Fort Bend County Sheriff cut two of his own deputies out of the county's dispatch and records systems because they campaigned against his re-election, the aggrieved lawmen claim in court. 

     Former Los Angeles undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for obstructing an investigation into brutality in the county's jail system.

     Agriculture officials broke the law when they let organic farmers use compost treated with synthetic pesticides, a federal magistrate judge has ruled. 

     A Texas woman claims in court that her 22-week-old son died because the company in charge of her apartment complex failed to do anything about contamination from a leaking cesspool. 

     The attorney who accidentally texted the Associated Press about former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel seeking a plea deal has quit his client's domestic assault case, Manziel's spokeswoman said Monday.


     Singer-songwriter Chris Brown, as well known for assaulting ex-girlfriend Rihanna as for his music, now faces a lawsuit claiming he beat up his personal manager in a "drug-fueled" attack.

     A pro-fair trade Pennsylvania manufacturer must be allowed to run for the Democratic Party's Senate candidacy, despite voter address discrepancies, the Pennsylvania Middle District Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. 

     McDonald's menu items rang up more expensive than advertised at two locations in O'Hare Airport, a class claims.

 

     Uber drivers in Los Angeles and Milwaukee are the latest to file class actions accusing the company of misclassifying them as independent contractors - two in L.A. Superior and one in MIlwaukee Federal Court.

     FCA (Fiat Chrysler America) Dodge Darts with a Fiat C635 manual transmissions have had defective clutches since 2012, a class action claims in Federal Court.  


     The Supreme Court on Monday said it will consider North Carolina's appeal of a court ruling that said state lawmakers relied too heavily on race in drawing congressional districts. 

     The Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether possession of a sawed-off shotgun is a crime of violence under federal sentencing guidelines. 


     Arizona law unconstitutionally requires political parties to file their presidential nominating papers more than 90 days in advance of a primary election, the Arizona Green Party claims in court. 

     A Guatemalan man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for luring children from South America to work on egg farms in Ohio, and his co-conspirator was given 10 years.

     A white nationalist group's rally outside the California state Capitol building turned violent as fighting broke out with a larger group of counter protesters, leaving 10 people injured with stab wounds, cuts and bruises.

      An online petition seeking a second referendum on a British exit from the Europe Union has drawn more than 3.5 million names, a measure of the extraordinary divisiveness of Thursday's vote to leave the 28-nation bloc.

     Spaniards headed to the polls Sunday for an unprecedented repeat election that aims to break six months of political deadlock after a December ballot left the country without an elected government.

     French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry Monday into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism.

      British opposition lawmaker says Parliament should stop the "madness" and overturn the result of a referendum calling for Britain to leave the European Union.

     Turkey's president apologized to Moscow for the downing of a Russian military jet at the Syrian border, Russian and Turkish officials said Monday, a move that could open the way for easing a bitter strain in Russia-Turkey ties.

     The Weed Area Water Alliance sued the City of Weed and Roseburg Forest Products Co. over the environmental effects of a logging project, in Federal Court.  

     A federal judge certified two classes of borrowers who accuse Wells Fargo of providing inaccurate payoff statements on home mortgages.