Corporate lawyers at Paul Weiss, a prestigious Manhattan law firm, often spend their days scouring the fine print of client documents and government regulations. But for the past few months, they have been on a different search.
In the firm’s Midtown offices, about 75 lawyers have been trying to find more than 400 parents who were separated from their families at the southern border this year and then deported without their children.
Paul Weiss, where partners charge more than $1,000 an hour and clients include the National Football League and Citigroup, is looking for these parents, pro bono, as part of a federal American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the Trump administration over its family separation policy.
In a case originating in Suffolk County, a court ruled Wednesday that state and local law enforcement have no authority to arrest and detain people on behalf of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for deportation purposes.
The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court, in a 4-0 ruling (full text), upended a policy implemented by former Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco of detaining for up to 48 hours any person who was subject to an ICE warrant. DeMarco announced the policy one month after the election of President Donald Trump.
Such a policy was “unlawful” under New York law, the court ruled. Shortly after the decision came down Wednesday, Sheriff Errol Toulon, who succeeded DeMarco, issued a staff directive saying: “This practice shall cease immediately.”
The project is known as Caselaw Access Project API; API is the application program interface. It allows users to access the information in different ways.
The website has applications designed for different uses, such as compiling cases and doing word searches. The API is open for other developers to create other tools.
The digital library includes:
- All official, book-published cases in the United States
- Cases from all state courts, federal courts, territorial courts from 1658 to 2018
CNN and its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, have sued President Donald Trump for revoking the reporter’s White House press pass after a staffer tried, without success, to take away Acosta’s microphone.
The suit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges violations of a First Amendment right of access and a Fifth Amendment right to due process. The suit also claims the administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act by acting arbitrarily and capriciously. CNN’s statement and additional lawsuit documents are here. CNN, the Washington Post and Politico have coverage.
“There can be no question that the revocation of Acosta’s credentials is a content- and viewpoint-based punishment imposed on him because the president and his administration do not like CNN or Acosta’s reporting,” CNN’s lawyers say in a memorandum of points and authorities.
State Correction Commission review panels repeatedly found medical staff failed to conduct basic checkups and mental health screenings. Doctors and nurses regularly ignored serious ailments until it was too late, according to the reviews.
Multiple deaths involved mentally ill prisoners who committed suicide after they were continually tossed in solitary confinement. At least four prisoners died from asthma-related ailments that could have been prevented had they been given inhalers and other medications.