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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

This Sept. 29, 2011, file photo shows Section-5 at the Cook County Jail in Chicago, the second-largest county jail in the nation, where inmates are processed for release. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) ** FILE **

Legal quirk often shortens prison time for criminal immigrants

It's one of the quirks of the American justice system. Because illegal immigrants and other criminal aliens usually aren't released into halfway houses for fear they'll abscond, they can -- at least in some courtrooms -- get a lesser sentence all around. Published January 1, 2018

Graduates of Harvard Law School wave gavel during commencement ceremonies on May 29, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Top law schools accepting GRE instead of LSAT to broaden pool

Some of the country's top law schools, though, are moving to admit new students without forcing them to take the Law School Admission Test, saying the more general Graduate Record Examination, usually meant for liberal arts students, is now acceptable as well. Published January 1, 2018

Legal analysts predict that the Supreme Court will agree to speed the heated travel ban case onto their docket in 2018, setting up a ruling by the end of June. The justices began hearing cases for this term in October and will finish up oral arguments in April. (Associated Press)

Travel ban case likely to end up before Supreme Court in 2018

The Supreme Court already has heard major cases on gay and First Amendment rights and police searches, and the justices are likely to add a momentous case about presidential power to their list early in the new year. Published December 31, 2017

The Equifax data breach affected millions of people. The victims had their personal information accessed or stolen. Businesses and consumers will have to confront accountability with these hacks. (Associated Press)

Laws regarding data hacks, companies remain murky

Data hacks are happening at an alarming rate to some of the world's largest companies, but consumers whose personal information is being stolen are struggling to hold those companies accountable. Published December 28, 2017

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court took action against the wrong men because they had similar names. Court-watchers say this kind of error is "exceedingly rare." (Associated Press)

Supreme Court blunders tarnish reputation

Americans count on the justices to be nearly infallible, but the Supreme Court this year has made two embarrassing stumbles by kicking the wrong lawyers out of the high court's bar. Published December 27, 2017

In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Jay Janner/The San Antonio Express-News via AP, File)

Three cities sue Pentagon after Texas church shooting

Officials from New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco filed a lawsuit this week against the Defense Department for failing to report convictions from military courts to the FBI. Published December 27, 2017

The Trump International Hotel in Washington is shown. On Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, a New York judge has rejected a lawsuit by restaurant workers, a hotel event booker and a watchdog group who say President Donald Trump has business conflicts that violate the Constitution. The lawsuit was rejected by federal Judge George Daniels, who says the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Judge dismisses emoluments clause lawsuit against Trump

A federal judge in New York dismissed one of the lawsuits against President Trump's business dealings, ruling Thursday that a watchdog group didn't have standing to challenge whether the president's continued connection to his hotel chain violates the Constitution's emoluments clause. Published December 21, 2017