2013 Report Shows Fewer Debtor Assets, More Repeat Bankruptcy Filers
Individuals filing for bankruptcy in 2013 reported fewer assets, lower total liabilities, and lower median income when compared to filers in the preceding year, according to a report recently filed by the federal Judiciary with Congress. The report also found that in 2013 a greater proportion of debtors were repeat filers.
Bankruptcy Court Move in Miami to Save $1.1 Million Annually
In a space-cutting move that will save the judiciary more than $1 million a year in rent and security costs, the federal bankruptcy court in Miami is moving into a nearby district court building.
Retroactive Sentence Reductions Don't Increase Recidivism
The U.S. Sentencing Commission recommended to retroactively apply lower drug guideline ranges for previously sentenced offenders.
John Seigenthaler: 'Cherished Friend' of Judges and Journalists
Task Force Urged to Curb Over-Federalization of Criminal Law
The Judicial Conference supports criminal justice reforms intended to ease prison crowding, but a federal judge told a House task force that that the Judiciary currently lacks the resources to shoulder resulting increased workload.
On Topic: Judge Gelpi Discusses Federal Bar Association
U.S. District Judge Gustavo Gelpi, Jr., is the first Article III federal judge to serve as president of the Federal Bar Association. In a new “On Topic” audio interview, he explains the association’s role in defending federal courts.
July Fourth Video: What Does Independence Mean to You?
In celebration of July Fourth, citizens, attorneys and federal judges from across the country reflect on what independence means and how the U.S. courts protect their freedoms. In a brief video, participants from Washington, New York City and San Francisco also share their thoughts on two key phrases from the Declaration of Independence: "All men are created equal," and "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
2013 Report Shows Increase in Federal and State Wiretaps
The number of federal and state wiretaps authorized in 2013 increased 5 percent over 2012, with telephone wiretaps the most common form of surveillance. As of December 31, 2013, 709 persons had been convicted as a result of authorized interceptions, up 56 percent from 2012.
Eastern District of New York Looks to Mediators to Expedite Sandy Cases
In 2012, Super Storm Sandy destroyed an estimated 650,000 homes and affected over 300,000 businesses along the Atlantic seaboard. Affected homeowners and businesses have filed over 1,000 Super Storm Sandy-related insurance coverage actions in the Eastern District of New York. That number is expected to double or even triple in the coming months.
On Topic: Fergus Falls Courthouse Named in Honor of Judge Devitt
The Fergus Falls Courthouse in Minnesota recently was renamed to honor one of the most distinguished federal jurists – Judge Edward J. Devitt.