News Roundup


A$AP Rocky at the Come Up Show’s 2013 Under the Influence Tour in Toronto. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Judge restores nationwide injunction blocking asylum ban

A federal judge in San Francisco has restored a nationwide injunction blocking new rules that effectively barred immigrants at the southern border from applying for asylum unless they were from Mexico. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at San Francisco had narrowed the reach of the injunction last month to states within the circuit. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar reinstated the injunction Monday after hearing additional evidence and concluding it showed the need for a uniform immigration policy nationwide. (Politico, the San Francisco Chronicle, ACLU press release, Tigar’s Sept. 9 decision)

A$AP Rocky’s Swedish lawyer is injured in shooting

A lawyer who represented U.S. rapper A$AP Rocky in an assault case in Sweden was wounded in a shooting Friday. The lawyer, Henrik Olsson Lilja, was shot in a Stockholm apartment complex. Police reportedly arrested an initial suspect, a former lawyer who had been barred from communicating with Lilja. Lilja left A$AP Rocky’s case before the trial; A$AP Rocky and his two bodyguards were found guilty of assault last month and given suspended sentences. (Forbes, UPI)

Louisiana Supreme Court tosses suit over missed call in NFC championship game

The Louisiana Supreme Court tossed a lawsuit Friday filed by New Orleans Saints fans over a failure to call a penalty against the opposing team in the NFC championship game in January. “While we are certainly cognizant of the passion of sports fans, and particularly those who are fans of the New Orleans Saints, the courts are not the proper forum to litigate such disputes,” the state supreme court said. (The Legal Profession Blog, the Associated Press, the Louisiana Supreme Court opinion)

Judiciary needs an inspector general, two House Democrats say

Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, says the federal judiciary should create an independent inspector general who could uncover problems with sexual harassment, workplace misconduct and contract management. Cummings made the suggestion in a letter also signed by Democratic U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly, chairman of a subcommittee on government operations. (The National Law Journal, Law360, Fix the Court press release, Cummings’ letter)