On November 1, 2012, a little talked-about Massachusetts law will go into effect that gives judges in the Bay State the power to determine whether a bank can foreclose on a home or must modify the mortgage. Signed on August 3 by Gov. Deval Patrick, the "Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures" creates a series of new hoops for banks and other mortgage creditors must jump through in order to foreclose on borrowers who aren't making their payments. In other words, writes Anthony Randazzo, Massachusetts has just created more problems than it's solved.
A newspaper staffed by the country's most famous journalism school says it shouldn't have covered a Jeff Sessions event.
It's safe to say this guy would not make a good president.
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
"You have a situation where a person owed $8 and lost their house. I mean, how is that equitable?" asked Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.
DART police officer Stephanie Branch illegally arrested Avi Adelman after he defied her unlawful orders to stop photographing paramedics treating an overdose.