Legal Briefs: This Week in Law

November 25, 2013

Are fees and fines imposed upon those with outstanding criminal-justice debt creating new debtors’ prisons in America? (The Economist)

Supreme Court denies petition for writ of mandamus filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, in which the Center challenged the FISA Court’s orders involving the NSA surveillance program. (NY Times) Meanwhile, the FISA Court releases the secret order that authorized the NSA’s actions. (The Guardian)

New ACLU report provides examples of non-violent crimes that have led to sentences of life in prison without parole. (Mother Jones)

Justice Alito criticizes a SDNY judge who has a practice of imposing racial and gender staffing requirements on law firms representing class action plaintiffs. (Wall Street Journal)

Court of appeals upholds the ACC’s lawsuit against the University of Maryland; the athletic conference is seeking to collect a $52 million exit fee from the school, which is planning on moving to the Big Ten. (Washington Post)

Fines collected from offenders will be used to fund restorative justice programs in Wales and England. (BBC News)

Supreme Court denies cert petition in a case where a Alabama judge imposed the death penalty after the jury asked for life in prison. (The Atlantic)

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