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US Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 2 September 2017

[JURIST] Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week:

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] granted a temporary restraining order [text, PDF] Thursday, blocking Texas officials from enforcing a ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure.
Individuals blocked from entering the US by President Donald Trump's original travel ban order can reapply for visas, under the terms of a settlement [text, PDF] reached Thursday.
Ohio Governor John Kasich [official website], Republican, and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper [official website], Democrat, sent a letter [text] to Congress Thursday proposing a plan to preserve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) [text, PDF] to stabilize the healthcare market [AP report].
Senior District Judge Charles Breyer [official profile] of the Northern District of California [official website] on Thursday blocked [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit filed by the state of Wyoming against Volkswagen AG (VW) [corporate website] over the diesel emission scandal.
The Supreme Court of Florida [official website] on Thursday denied [opinion, PDF] a petition by State Attorney Aramis Ayala [official website] challenging Governor Rick Scott's [official website] power to reassign her death penalty eligible cases.
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a former West Point cadet's lawsuit alleging that superior officers violated her rights when she was allegedly raped by a fellow cadet.
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Wednesday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] the implementation and enforcement of Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4) [text, PDF], which sought to ban so-called "sanctuary cities." Judge Orlando Garcia enjoined the state of Texas from enforcing, endorsing or otherwise implementing various sections of SB4 that would have prohibited local agencies from enforcing policies that bar officers from inquiring as to an individual's immigration status even during routine traffic stops.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] said Wednesday that US President Donald Trump's constant criticism of journalists constitutes an attack on the freedom of the press.
A US grand jury indicted 19 people [text, PDF], including 15 Turkish security officials, on Tuesday for attacking protesters during a visit to the White House by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan [official website] in May.
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis [official website] on Tuesday released a statement [press release] declaring that a panel will be established to determine how to implement President Donald Trump's "Military and Service by Transgender Individuals" Presidential Memorandum [text] and that all currently serving members of the military will remain serving under the current policy until the panel has provided a report of its recommendations.
Uber [corporate website] confirmed on Tuesday that they are currently under investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] for bribing foreign officials.
A Nevada homeowner on Monday filed suit [complaint, PDF] against Wells Fargo & Co [corporate website] in a San Francisco federal court accusing the bank of falsely charging consumers certain mortgage fees.
Former prison nurse Jesse Vroegh filed a lawsuit [complaint] in Polk County District Court on Monday under the Iowa Civil Rights Act [text, Ch.
The California Supreme Court [official website] issued a 5-2 ruling [opinion, PDF] on Monday that will make it easier for the state to get tax propositions on ballots.
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday questioned [audio recording] the Justice Department lawyer representing the Trump administration in a hearing over the executive order restricting immigration from certain countries.
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday stayed [order, PDF] a lower federal court order invalidating two congressional districts.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner [official bio] signed into law on Monday a bill to limit detention of immigrants and another to simplify voter registration.
US President Donald Trump signed an executive order [White House executive orders website] on Monday that will lift an Obama-era directive [text] that restricted local police agencies' access to military equipment.
Civil rights groups on Monday filed two separate lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the US military.

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