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US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 20 January 2018

[JURIST] Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week:

The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in Trump v.
Members of Congress introduced legislation [materials] Thursday that would prohibit lawmakers from paying settlements in sexual harassment claims with taxpayers' money.
The office of the US Attorney for the District of Columbia [official website] announced [text, PDF] Thursday that it was dropping charges against 129 people arrested in the Inauguration Day protests, proceeding with charges against 59 defendants.
The Trump administration asked [cert.
The US Senate [official website] voted 65-34 [roll call] on Thursday in favor of a six-year extension [materials] of the FISA Amendments Act [text, PDF], which authorizes the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to gather intelligence by means of warrantless surveillance of foreign persons and American companies.
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday ordered [opinion, PDF] the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to disclose two documents within an internal DOJ resource manual for federal prosecutors related to electronic surveillance and tracking devices in criminal investigations.
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday temporarily stayed [order, PDF] an order from the US District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] to redraw the state's congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering.

The defendants in the North Carolina Case filed a motion for stay [text, PDF] with the Supreme Court last week after the the North Carolina court filed an order requiring the state to enact a new congressional district map.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday unanimously struck down [opinion, PDF] a constitutional challenge to a California law [text] that criminalizes prostitution.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] on Wednesday announced [official notice] that it will bar Haitians from receiving H-2A and H-2B visas, which provide foreign workers access to the US for temporary agricultural and seasonal work.

DHS cited the "high rate of [Haitians] overstaying the terms" of their work visas as justification for removing Haiti from the list of visa-eligible countries.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] issued a memo [text, PDF] Wednesday outlining policy changes to help combat the caseload backup throughout immigration courts over the past few years.
A bipartisan group of senators unveiled an immigration proposal [summary, PDF] on Wednesday as more Republicans offered support for immigration reform.
The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday: one concerning overtime-pay, and another concerning constitutional protections to criminal defendants.
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday.

Hall v.

Attorneys general from 21 states and the District of Columbia filed a Protective Petition for Review [text, PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday asking the court to review the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] decision to rescind net neutrality laws [JURIST report] that prohibited internet service providers (ISPs) from deliberately blocking or slowing down websites or internet content or charging for preferential treatment.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Tuesday that it plans to seek Supreme Court review [press release] of a trial court's decision to block the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) [official website] program, which gives undocumented immigrants brought into the US as children, known as "Dreamers," protection from deportation.

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