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California Supreme Court Backs Greater Access to Police Misconduct Cases
State News
California Supreme Court Backs Greater Access to Police Misconduct Cases

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies may alert prosecutors that a deputy who is slated to testify in a criminal case has a history... Read More

Trump Seeking ‘Correct’ Interpretation of Birthright Citizenship
Immigration
Trump Seeking ‘Correct’ Interpretation of Birthright Citizenship

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday echoed what the president told reporters outside the White House on Wednesday: the administration is looking at trying to end the practice of granting citizenship to anyone born in the... Read More

White House Advances Plan for Indefinite Detention of Migrant Families
Immigration
White House Advances Plan for Indefinite Detention of Migrant Families
2019-08-21 20:17:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled new regulations that would allow it to indefinitely detain migrant families who cross the southwestern border illegally. The regulations, which will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, voids a long-standing... Read More

Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects
State News
Maryland Marijuana Case Sets Standard For Police Searches Of Crime Suspects
2019-08-21 18:19:03
by Tom Ramstack

A ruling last week by Maryland’s highest court is likely to help redefine the criminal law of marijuana possession as states nationwide search for new legal standards. A unanimous Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that police who smell marijuana can... Read More

Kentucky Supreme Court To Decide Suit Over Shop’s Refusal To Make Gay Pride T-Shirts
State News
Kentucky Supreme Court To Decide Suit Over Shop’s Refusal To Make Gay Pride T-Shirts

LEXINGTON, Ky.—More than seven years after a Lexington shop refused to make T-shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival, the Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments Friday about whether or not the company violated the city’s Fairness Ordinance. Before the... Read More

Trump Retreats From Gun Control Proposals
Guns
Trump Retreats From Gun Control Proposals

WASHINGTON — In the three weeks since three mass shootings left the country reeling, powerful pro-gun groups have sent President Donald Trump a clear signal — don’t forget that we helped put you in the White House. On Tuesday, the... Read More

Planned Parenthood To Stop Taking Title X Funds Rather Than Comply With Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
Civil Rights
Planned Parenthood To Stop Taking Title X Funds Rather Than Comply With Abortion ‘Gag Rule’

WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood said Monday it will withdraw from the federal Title X program that helps low-income people access contraception rather than comply with what it calls a new Trump administration “gag rule” that prohibits it from providing abortion... Read More

New York, Connecticut and Vermont Sue Trump Administration Over Public Charge Rule
Immigration
New York, Connecticut and Vermont Sue Trump Administration Over Public Charge Rule
2019-08-20 18:48:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — New York State, Connecticut, Vermont and the City of New York sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its new Public Charge Rule, which aims to deny green cards and visas to immigrants that use or have used government... Read More

America’s Correctional System Is Broken; Epstein’s Death Not Surprising, Union Official Says
Criminal Justice
America’s Correctional System Is Broken; Epstein’s Death Not Surprising, Union Official Says
2019-08-16 19:15:16
by HJ Mai

The apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has not only derailed the pursuit of justice for his alleged victims, it also highlighted a slew of problems within America’s federal prison system.  In the aftermath of Epstein’s death on... Read More

Trump Proposal Would Allow Government Contractors To Fire LGBTQ On Religious Grounds, Critics Say
Employment
Trump Proposal Would Allow Government Contractors To Fire LGBTQ On Religious Grounds, Critics Say

A new rule proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration would allow businesses that receive federal contracts to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals according to employers’ religious beliefs, critics say. According to the Department of Labor, the role of the proposal, which... Read More

Ohio State Lawmaker Wants to Use Seized Fentanyl in Executions
State News
Ohio State Lawmaker Wants to Use Seized Fentanyl in Executions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio lawmaker intends to introduce a bill to allow state prison officials to used seized fentanyl to execute prisoners residing on death row. In a Monday evening email to his colleagues, state Rep. Scott Wiggam, a... Read More

NC Governor Announces Gun Safety Measures, Calls For Action
State News
NC Governor Announces Gun Safety Measures, Calls For Action

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday that he signed an executive directive meant to strengthen background checks for gun buyers. Cooper said he signed the directive to his Cabinet agencies to “build on the work we... Read More

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