Legal Lasso: Protests Spur Court Cases on Both Sides

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Father-and-Son Lawsuit Alleges Excessive Force
An attorney filed a lawsuit on behalf of himself and his two sons, alleging Denver Police used excessive force in using tear gas on them and other protesters in late May.

City Settles Police Lawsuit
The city of Denver has reached a settlement agreement with four people who filed a lawsuit in June over the police department’s use of force during George Floyd protests.

Three Arrested for Attempted Arson Near Capitol
Police arrested three people suspected of setting fire to the base of a statue near the Capitol. The statue itself had already been removed. (Denver Post)

President Trump Will Nominate BLM Director
President Donald Trump said he would nominate current acting director William Perry Pendley to be the permanent director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Elijah McClain Protests See Police Confrontations
Protests of the death of Elijah McClain saw Aurora police using pepper spray and foam munitions against protesters they said were throwing rocks and bottles at cops.



Supreme Court Undoes Louisiana Abortion Ban
The U.S. Supreme Court released a 5-4 decision this morning overturning Louisiana’s abortion law that required doctors performing abortions to be admitted at nearby hospitals. The decision and the law mirrors a 2016 Texas abortion law.

Judges Say Courts Should Stay Online
A group of judges testified to Congress that state and federal courts have already opened their doors to remote conferencing technology and recommended the continued use of that rather than going back to in-person operations during the pandemic.

One Law School Won’t Return in the Fall
Concordia University Law School announced it will permanently close under “financial distress.”

And Another Will Simply Stay Home
And Berkeley Law won’t return in the fall either — it will be hosting classes entirely online. (

DOJ Charges Four for Attempted Statue Destruction
The Department of Justice is charging four people with destruction of federal property for attempting to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.

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