A Washington, D.C., federal court on Monday dismissed most of a lawsuit brought by Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman, 96, over her suspension from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Read more.
Newman, the country’s oldest federal judge, failed to convince the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that the suspension should be reversed or that an investigation into her competency should be taken out of her own court’s hands. But the court ruled that Newman can continue to press allegations that the law governing the suspension is unlawfully vague and other constitutional claims in her lawsuit.
When Scott Peterson was convicted amid a massive media frenzy in 2004 of killing his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn son, prosecutors couldn’t prove exactly how, when or where she died. Now, the Los Angeles Innocence Project wants a crack at answering those questions, filing motions for DNA testing and post-conviction discovery on Peterson’s behalf. Jenna Greene in her latest column looks at the 1,524 pages of material – and wonders how Peterson, who was represented at trial by Mark Geragos, got a pro bono golden ticket for his post-conviction fight.