Thawing ICE: Immigration enforcement officials are canceling the deportations of thousands of detained immigrants, a move that is expected to pare backlogs in immigration courts, The New York Times reports. ICE officials said the measure marks a broad shift in priorities at the agency to focus efforts on finding and deporting immigrants who have been convicted of crimes or pose a national security threat.
Circuit Split: Medicare should reimburse the University of Chicago Medical Center $2.8 million for medical residents' research work not related to Medicare patients, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit said in a ruling that creates a circuit split, The National Law Journal reports. The appeals court upheld a trial judge's ruling that the medical center is eligible for Medicare reimbursements for "indirect medical education" expenses.
Targeting Judges: Conservatives are trying to oust three judges on the Iowa Supreme Court whose unanimous ruling last year legalized same-sex marriage, The Washington Post reports. The National Law Journal wrote about the effort here.
Company Sanctioned: The New York Law Journal reports a federal judge in New York has sanctioned technology company SanDisk Corp. for its mishandling over electronic discovery. The judge ordered legal fees to the two plaintiffs, former SanDisk employees who sued the company for breach of contract.
Perjury Inquiry: Former Chief Judge Judith Kaye of the New York State Court of Appeals said in a report Gov. David Paterson misled state ethics regulators while giving sworn testimony this year, The New York Times reports. Kaye left it to P. David Soares, the Albany Country district attorney, to decide whether perjury charges were warranted against Mr. Paterson.
Florida Lawyer Disbarred: The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer who was arrested on charges of trafficking in Ecstasy, rejecting the state bar association's recommendation of a three-year license suspension, The National Law Journal reports. The lawyer had been clean since his arrest.
Not in the Courthouse: A Waterloo, Iowa, lawyer claims allegations he had sex with a 33-year-old client in an Iowa courthouse are “completely baseless,” the Des Moines Register reports. The lawyer, Clovis Bowles, 56, said he was in the Black Hawk County Courthouse’s law library with his client for no more than 20 seconds when someone walked in and interrupted a sexual conversation.