ami·​cus | \ ə-ˈmē-kəs How to pronounce amicus (audio) , -ˈmī- How to pronounce amicus (audio) \
plural amici\ -​ˈmē-​ˌkē How to pronounce amici (audio) , -​ˈmī-​ˌsī \

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Meanwhile, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is appearing in the case as an amicus, or friend-of-the-court. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "3D-printed gun activists set to face numerous US states in court," 21 Aug. 2018 Several Jewish groups, including HIAS, the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee had joined amicus briefs against the travel ban, while the Zionist Organization of America supported it. Jewish Journal, "Groups react to Supreme Court ruling on Trump's travel ban," 27 June 2018 More than a dozen amicus, or friend of the court, briefs were filed. Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds medical malpractice caps in case of Wisconsin woman who lost four limbs," 27 June 2018 At one point, the Supreme Court even wanted the solicitor general to weigh in — and the case became one of the Trump administration's first amicus briefs to the high court. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "A Landmark Legal Battle Over a Toddler Dancing to Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' Looks to Be Ending," 7 June 2018 The group also suggested allowing residents to file amicus briefs during the merit board process, providing additional information or perspective to board members. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Black community leaders criticize FOP message of 'comply now, complain later'," 30 May 2018 The county is expected to file an amicus brief soon. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Trump administration's lawsuit against California sanctuary laws backed by these cities, counties," 22 May 2018 In theory, Sessions’s office is supposed to make its decision based on amicus briefs from outside parties, as well as the immigrant’s lawyer and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prosecutor. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions is exerting unprecedented control over immigration courts — by ruling on cases himself," 21 May 2018 Most represent cities and counties that have voted to oppose the state law by filing amicus briefs or their own lawsuits against California. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "'Shared efforts' to kill sanctuary law draw California officials to Trump's office | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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ami·​cus | \ ə-ˈmē-kəs, -ˈmī- How to pronounce amicus (audio) \
plural amici\ -​ˈmē-​ˌkē, -​ˈmī-​ˌsī How to pronounce amici (audio) \

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