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Alex Swoyer

Alex Swoyer

Originally from Texas, Alex Swoyer left the Lone Star State to attend the Missouri School of Journalism where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast.

She has experience covering stories in the mid-Missouri, Houston and southwest Florida areas where she worked at local affiliate TV stations and received a First Place Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

After graduating from law school in Florida, she decided to leave the courtroom and return to the newsroom as a legal affairs reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached by email at [email protected].

Articles by Alex Swoyer

The Supreme Court term concludes at the end of June. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court tried to disbar wrong attorney

The justices announced Tuesday that they had erroneously tried to disbar a Boston lawyer based on a case of "mistaken identity," confusing him for a Vermont lawyer with a similar name. Published May 30, 2017

Amazon Echo, Google Home devices raise privacy rights questions

Legal experts say Congress and the states need to step in to protect Americans' privacy rights from the proliferation of voice-activated personal assistant devices such as Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, after a murder case in Arkansas raised questions about how much the devices are hearing -- and whether the government can demand access to its recordings. Published May 29, 2017

Judge Amul Thapar, President's Trump nominee for an appeals court vacancy, was taken to task by Democrats in his confirmation hearing over his considering campaign contributions to be political speech. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Senate confirms Judge Thapar to 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm President Trump's first circuit court nominee, Judge Amul Thapar, overcoming opposition from Democrats and signaling the troubled road ahead as the White House tries to stock the bench with conservative picks. Published May 25, 2017

Sens. Flake, Kaine push for new AUMF to cover ISIS

Two senators demanded Thursday that Congress update the outlines of the war on terror, introducing a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that would explicitly grant the president powers to strike at the Islamic State, as well as still go after al Qaeda and the Taliban. Published May 25, 2017

From left, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Cory A. Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., walk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, to meet with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for a briefing of the full Senate amid controversy over President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Feinstein demands GOP follow 'blue slip' tradition for Trump's nominees

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, demanded Wednesday that Republicans follow a long-standing courtesy that allows senators to block judicial nominees from their states -- and which could create an opening for Democrats to block some of President Trump's judicial picks. Published May 24, 2017

FILE-In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo, Dallas County Mosquito Lab microbiologist Spencer Lockwood sorts mosquitos collected in a trap in Hutchins, Texas, that had been set up in Dallas County near the location of a confirmed Zika virus infection. U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Zika virus fears may have been overblown, says watchdog

The Obama administration's imprecise Zika maps may have unnecessarily "spread fear" last year about the danger areas for contracting the virus from mosquitos, Congress's top watchdog said Tuesday. Published May 23, 2017

Supreme Court sets aside case of Christian baker, same-sex wedding cake

The Supreme Court on Monday put off a decision on whether to hear a highly-watched case involving a Christian baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding -- the 13th time the high court has held the decision over, sparking speculation the justices will duck the case. Published May 22, 2017

FILE - In this April 7, 2017 file photo, visitors arrive at the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court on Monday, May 15, 2017, rejected an appeal to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification law that a lower court said targeted African-Americans "with almost surgical precision."  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Courts say voter ID laws harm minorities unfairly

The 2010 GOP wave swept in a number of new governors and state legislators eager to crack down on voter fraud with stricter voter ID, registration and early-voting laws. Published May 21, 2017

Sen. Al Franken, Minnesota Democrat, said he thinks some of Vice President Mike Pence's policies would be worse than President Trump's. (Associated Press/File)

Franken vows to hold Justice Gorsuch's feet to fire

After failing to block Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation, Sen. Al Franken said Wednesday he'll be keeping an eye on the high court's newest judge to see if his predictions of a conservative ideologue come true. Published May 17, 2017

Sen. Al Franken is one of the Senate Democrats being closely watched as Trump advisers have particular concern about Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who was nominated to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Associated Press/File)

'Blue slips' give Democrats power over Trump's court nominees

President Trump hopes to have the rest of his first slate of federal appeals court judges seated by June, but his advisers increasingly are worried that Democrats may use an obscure tactic to try to block some of them through what is called a "soft filibuster." Published May 14, 2017

Bystanders assist  first responders at the scene at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, where 2 people died and dozens more were injured after a hit and run. Amos Guiora, a law professor at the University of Utah is leading a push to impose a duty on bystanders to take affirmative action to assist those they see in peril. (AP Photo/Colin Kerrigan, File)

Law professor pushes for more stringent bystander laws

Kordel Davis, a member of Beta Theta Pi at Penn State University, says he told his fraternity brothers to call 911 after noticing a 19-year-old pledge who had been drinking tumble down the stairs, then end up comatose on a couch. Published May 11, 2017