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  • Survey Finds Infrequent Social Media Use by Jurors (07/29/14)
    Social media use by jurors, and the problems resulting from it, remains a relatively infrequent occurrence, according to a survey of U.S. district judges.
  • 2013 Report Shows Fewer Debtor Assets, More Repeat Bankruptcy Filers (07/24/14)
    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 (07/22/14)
    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 (07/18/14)
    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 (07/17/14)
  • Task Force Urged to Curb Over-Federalization of Criminal Law (07/11/14)
    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 (07/08/14)
    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? (07/03/14)
    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 (07/02/14)
    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 (06/26/14)
    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.

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