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March 25, 2020

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RT NCSC - Today's #COVIDandtheCourts update (1/3): #Louisiana courts instructed to follow all guidelines issued by the CDC, President & Governor, and to further limit access to courtroom to the max # of people set forth in any future proclamation that may be issued.

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Trump Administration Wages War on the Affordable Care Act in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Ms. Magazine) “In the midst of a worldwide health crisis, the president has also doubled down on his support for a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

As the coronavirus pandemic surges in the United States, straining the limits of our health care system, Trump still wants to “terminate” a law that has extended coverage to millions of Americans.

And despite claims he wants to “back preexisting conditions,” he offers no alternative plan to replace the current protections that would be lost.”

How coronavirus is crippling courts and raising concerns among civil liberties advocates (ABC News) “The rapid spread of novel coronavirus throughout America’s communities has crippled courts across the country as judges, attorneys and defendants try to come to grips with how to achieve justice under the law while balancing public safety concerns amid ​a pandemic.

In conversations with ABC News, current and former judges, attorneys and public defenders painted a sobering picture: ​jury trials discontinued, ongoing cases significantly delayed, a scramble for technological work-arounds and empty courthouses nationwide as some judges issue rulings from home.”

Majority of states have suspended certain court operations and jury trials (Ballotpedia) “On March 22, the West Virginia Supreme Court declared a judicial emergency and suspended jury trials and all in-person proceedings, with a few exceptions, through April 10, 2020.

West Virginia joined the majority of states whose judicial branches have decided to suspend certain court operations and jury trials due to the coronavirus pandemic. Through March 23, 2020, 33 states had suspended in-person proceedings on a statewide level, including West Virginia, Colorado and Connecticut.”
In Blackbeard Pirate Ship Case, Supreme Court Scuttles Copyright Claims
NPR - March 24 
Cleveland Judge Pinkey Carr must follow court’s order to limit hearings amid coronavirus, appeals court rules - March 24


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