Techdirt: Judge Shuts Down Copyright Troll’s Cut-And-Run Effort; Hits It With $40K In Legal Fees

Techdirt: Judge Shuts Down Copyright Troll’s Cut-And-Run Effort; Hits It With $40K In Legal Fees. “Via Fight Copyright Trolls comes another decision where a porn-based copyright troll is getting its financial ass handed to it by a federal judge. Strike 3 tried to dismiss a lawsuit when it became obvious it couldn’t prove infringement, opting for a voluntary dismissal without prejudice in hopes of dodging a bill for legal fees. It didn’t work.”

KTBS: New database expands access to judicial financial disclosures

KTBS: New database expands access to judicial financial disclosures. “The Metropolitan Crime Commission, a non-profit watchdog group based in New Orleans, published a searchable database that allows the public to look up financial disclosure forms for any Louisiana judge. Elected officials in Louisiana are required to disclose where their money comes from, whether it’s from a job, an inheritance, an investment or any other source. They are also required to disclose their spouse’s financial information on the forms.”

KUER: Database Sheds Light On Child Deaths During Family Court Cases

KUER: Database Sheds Light On Child Deaths During Family Court Cases. “Over the last decade, more than 700 children have been killed by a parent or guardian in the midst of a family court case like divorce or custody hearings. That’s according to a new database by the Center for Judicial Excellence that for the first time quantifies these deaths — 11 of which occurred in Utah.”

R Street: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Transcripts, As Data

R Street: Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Transcripts, As Data. “We have created a new resource for those who want to learn more about Supreme Court confirmation hearings. This spreadsheet—and a web version (displayed below)—contain the text of every Supreme Court confirmation hearing for which Senate Judiciary Committee transcripts are available (beginning in 1971 with hearings for Lewis Powell and William Rehnquist and concluding with Neil Gorsuch’s 2017 hearing). The transcript for Brett Kavanaugh’s 2018 hearing is not yet publicly available but will be added once it is. More details regarding what is and is not included are detailed below.”

Wisconsin court: Judge’s Facebook friendship could show bias (Madison/AP)

Madison/AP: Wisconsin court: Judge’s Facebook friendship could show bias. “A Wisconsin judge’s decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday in ordering the case to be re-heard by another judge.”

Illinois courts clash: Does limiting juvenile offenders’ social media use step on free speech? (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune: Illinois courts clash: Does limiting juvenile offenders’ social media use step on free speech?. “When it came time to sentence the teen convicted in a South Side armed robbery, a Cook County juvenile court judge imposed what has become a common restriction in the digital age. The 17-year-old, whom the Tribune is not naming because he was charged as a juvenile, was given three years of probation — but also was told to wipe his Facebook feed and any other social media accounts clean of references to ‘gangs, guns and drugs’ and refrain from posting on those topics while on probation.”

USCourts.gov: Interactive Database Aids the Study of Judiciary Trends

USCourts.gov: Interactive Database Aids the Study of Judiciary Trends. “A recently enhanced database that houses information about civil and criminal federal cases dating to 1970 is now available to researchers and the public on the Federal Judicial Center’s website as part of a partnership with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. The interactive database contains docket information from district, appellate, and bankruptcy court filings and terminations, including plaintiff and defendant names, filing date, termination date, disposition of the case, type of lawsuit, jurisdiction, and docket number.”