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

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Recent Examples on the Web In an amicus brief, the Trump administration argued that transgender employees like Stephens were not protected by federal civil rights laws. Dan Avery, NBC News, "Transgender man files pregnancy discrimination suit against Amazon," 6 Oct. 2020 California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argued in an amicus brief that San Diego County’s offset proposal could undermine the state’s goals of slashing emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and by 80 percent by 2050. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County will overhaul Climate Action Plan after rejection from courts," 30 Sep. 2020 In 1952, the Truman Administration submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court encouraging it to rule against segregation. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "The Case for Ending the Supreme Court as We Know It," 25 Sep. 2020 The amicus briefs were filed in a Supreme Court case that has nothing to do with online voting and isn't specifically about security research. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Online voting vendor Voatz urges Supreme Court to limit security research," 8 Sep. 2020 And even if Flynn were to be sentenced and then appeal, the Circuit would be open to all claims of error — including that Sullivan should not have appointed an amicus. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "D.C. Circuit Rules against Michael Flynn, Sending Case Back to Judge Sullivan," 1 Sep. 2020 Attorney General Josh Kaul filed amicus briefs to the first two petitions. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Private schools, parents ask Supreme Court to block Dane County health order that limits in-person classes," 5 Sep. 2020 Dehghani-Tafti’s motion is supported by an amicus brief from 62 prosecutors around the country, including the district attorneys in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. Washington Post, "Arlington prosecutor goes to Va. Supreme Court against judges who challenge her new policies," 28 Aug. 2020 The Public Interest Legal Foundation, a right-wing think tank that has long pushed exaggerated claims of voter fraud, filed an amicus brief for the defense, asking the court to consider its research on inaccuracies in the state’s voter rolls. Ryan Mccarthy, ProPublica, "Hundreds of Thousands of Nursing Home Residents May Not Be Able to Vote in November Because of the Pandemic," 26 Aug. 2020

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1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Amicus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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