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A season ticket holder filed a class action lawsuit on Friday against the Houston Astros for placing a deficient product on the field after violating league “sign stealing” rules. The lawsuit comes after a multi-year sign-stealing scheme called “Codebreaker” was revealed last month. The scheme started in 2017 and continued throughout the 2019 season, in [...]

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The Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled part of the Michigan Sex Offender Registry Act invalid on Friday. Judge Robert Cleland struck down provisions of the Sex Offender Registry Act due to vagueness, strict liability and violations of the First Amendment. The provisions that were struck down for vagueness included sections [...]

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For more than 20 years, a key prosecution witness in Maryland criminal proceedings named Joseph Kopera, a firearms expert for the state crime lab, routinely and blatantly lied about his resume, background, qualifications, and other matters. Recently, the Maryland State Police discovered that he also forged signatures on firearms ballistics reports. His testimony was used [...]

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This year, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider June Medical Services v. Gee, the first abortion case since Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh became members of that court. The Court will rule on the constitutionality of a Louisiana law that is identical to a Texas law struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016. In Whole [...]

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Iowa Senate Republicans passed a resolution on Thursday that, if passed into law, would make state court challenges to abortion restrictions much more difficult. The stated purpose of the resolution is “to protect life by declaring that the Constitution of the State of Iowa shall not be construed to recognize, grant, or secure a right [...]

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A new federal indictment was unsealed on Wednesday in a district court in New York, alleging that Huawei Technologies Co., a China-based telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and two of its subsidiaries engaged in racketeering and conspired to steal trade secrets from rival U.S.-based counterparts. The indictment also alleged that, through unofficial subsidiaries, Huawei engaged in business [...]

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A jury in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York on Friday found attorney Michael Avenatti guilty of attempted extortion, honest services wire fraud, and transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort. These crimes were related to communications between Avenatti and Nike. Avenatti was representing an amateur athletic coach who [...]

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