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Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
Law
Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
2019-10-10 20:31:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court this week took up a question it has avoided in recent years: Whether the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution requires unanimous verdicts in criminal cases in both federal and state courts. In practice, the Bill... Read More

Spanberger’s Bipartisan Bill Aims to Crack Down on Narcotics Traffickers
Crime
Spanberger’s Bipartisan Bill Aims to Crack Down on Narcotics Traffickers
2019-10-10 16:55:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., has introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to deter narcotics traffickers from using illicit pill presses to manufacture counterfeit drugs. Spanberger, a member of the bipartisan Freshman Working Group on Addiction, said as the opioid... Read More

Ex-Leader of North Carolina GOP Admits to Lying to FBI In Corruption Case
State News
Ex-Leader of North Carolina GOP Admits to Lying to FBI In Corruption Case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The former head of North Carolina’s Republican Party formally pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for his role in one of the state’s biggest political corruption cases. Former GOP Chairman Robin Hayes agreed to plead guilty to... Read More

Upstate New York Race Less Vulnerable With Collins Resignation
Political News
Upstate New York Race Less Vulnerable With Collins Resignation

WASHINGTON — Not all House departures are created equal. New York Rep. Chris Collins’ resignation should make it easier for Republicans to hold his Buffalo-area seat, because the GOP should have a nominee without legal problems. But New York’s multiple... Read More

Majority of  Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
Immigration
Majority of Democrats Want Immigration Policy Reform, Not Open Borders
2019-09-05 20:49:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - When it comes to opposition talking points, the myth that Democrats advocate for "open borders" is both the most preposterous -- and persistent -- assertion of the still-young 2020 campaign season. Even Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a self-described... Read More

Texas Mass Shooting Death Toll Rises to 8, Including Gunman
In The News
Texas Mass Shooting Death Toll Rises to 8, Including Gunman

The death toll in a west Texas mass shooting increased to eight Sunday, including the gunman, authorities said. At least one of the shooting victims remained in life-threatening condition, authorities said. Those killed ranged in age from 15 to 57... Read More

Trump Aide Testifies Against Attorney Accused of Foreign Lobbying Violations
Law
Trump Aide Testifies Against Attorney Accused of Foreign Lobbying Violations
2019-08-27 21:02:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors accused a high-powered Washington, D.C. lawyer in court this week of engaging in illegal foreign lobbying by helping to craft a report critical of the Ukraine’s former prime minister. Gregory Craig, White House counsel during the... Read More

Adnan Syed’s Attorneys Ask U.S. Supreme Court To Hear ‘Serial’ Case
Supreme Court
Adnan Syed’s Attorneys Ask U.S. Supreme Court To Hear ‘Serial’ Case

BALTIMORE — Attorneys for Adnan Syed, the subject of the “Serial” podcast, are trying to take his case to the Supreme Court. The petition, filed Monday after an extended deadline, asks the justices to reverse a ruling by Maryland’s highest... 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

Congressmen Influenced Trump Into Backing Off Commuting Blagojevich’s Sentence
Law
Congressmen Influenced Trump Into Backing Off Commuting Blagojevich’s Sentence

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., confirmed he spoke with President Donald Trump and his acting chief of staff just before the president backed off of his consideration of commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’ prison sentence. Trump had brought up... 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

Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Combat Domestic Terrorism Threats
Guns
Blue Dogs Back Legislation to Combat Domestic Terrorism Threats
2019-08-06 20:27:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats announced its endorsement Tuesday of H.R. 1931, Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2019, a bill aimed at... Read More

As El Paso Mourns Shooting Victims, Gun Massacre Strikes Dayton
Guns
As El Paso Mourns Shooting Victims, Gun Massacre Strikes Dayton

EL PASO, Texas — The bodies still lay in the aisles of Walmart. Police officials in this border city had yet to release the 20 victims’ names, adding them to the long list of mass-shooting casualties in this gun-rich country.... Read More

Schumer Asks GOP to Cancel Vacation to Work On Gun Legislation
Guns
Schumer Asks GOP to Cancel Vacation to Work On Gun Legislation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is willing to forego his summer vacation to work on gun control legislation if freshly injured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — injured Sunday during a fall in his Louisville, K.Y., home — will join... Read More

Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions
Criminal Justice
Justice Department to Resume Federal Executions
2019-07-25 21:52:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced Thursday that it will resume capital punishment for the first time in nearly two decades. In a written statement, the Department said Attorney General William Barr directed the Federal Bureau of Prisons to adopt... Read More

Virginia Governor Calls Special Session to Tackle Gun Violence
State News
Virginia Governor Calls Special Session to Tackle Gun Violence
2019-06-04 21:01:58
by Dan McCue

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called lawmakers back to the state Capitol Tuesday to address the issue of gun violence in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach. “No one should go to work, to school, or to... Read More

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