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Federal lawmakers again try to ban arbitration

Washington — Taking aim at a U.S. Supreme Court ruling they say strips workers and consumers of their right to redress against powerful corporations Tuesday, lawmakers in both houses reintroduced the Arbitration Fairness Act, which would bar pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer and employment contracts and in civil rights disputes.

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U.S. Supreme Court debates Armed Career Criminal Act

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are pondering whether the Armed Career Criminal Act applies to a felon in possession of a firearm even after the penalty for one of the defendant’s triggering “serious drug offense” crimes has been reduced. And the answer, to quote former President Bill Clinton, “depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”

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Federal judges divided

Federal judges are divided over whether the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure should be amended to require the government to hand over exculpatory evidence to criminal defendants, according to a recent survey by the Federal Judicial Center.

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