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US Attorney General William Barr said in an interview on Tuesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) might consider taking legal action against states that go too far in restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. When faced with “a potential catastrophe,” the government can deploy measures and put temporary, reasonable restrictions on rights if [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida entered a temporary injunction on Friday that halts the sale of an unproven, “potentially dangerous” coronavirus treatment product. The Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged that Genesis II Church of Health and Healing sold a product called Miracle Mineral Solution, which was sold [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said on Tuesday that the US District Court for the District of Columbia could not hear a lawsuit by the families of American victims of of a 2002 suicide bombing. The circuit court found that the district court lacked personal jurisdiction. The families of [...]

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Voting rights advocates filed a lawsuit in North Carolina’s Wake County Superior Court on Wednesday, challenging the implementation of the ExpressVote electronic voting machines in Mecklenburg County and several other counties. The ExpressVote machine has a touchscreen interface or movable keypad for voters to select their choice. Voters have to insert a piece of blank [...]

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order on Thursday that requires adults entering the state to disclose their travel plans. This is part of the state’s continued efforts to track and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Individuals 18 years or older will have to fill out a travel declaration form that they receive via [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin filed suit in the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday, seeking the release of the elderly and vulnerable from state prisons to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two incarcerated individuals with pre-existing conditions, state criminal defense lawyers and Disability Rights Wisconsin. [...]

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Several gun rights groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts that challenges the decision of Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker to close all businesses selling firearms and ammunition to the public. Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 13 on March 23, which closed the physical workplaces of all [...]

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National nonpartisan legal advocacy group Free Speech for People published a guide on Tuesday that outlines four legal and policy changes states should make to ensure a “safe, accessible, and trustworthy election” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although some states have already postponed primary elections, Free Speech for People stressed that “elections—the foundation of our democracy—must [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday that the Afghan government should bring war crime charges against captured militant leader Aslam Farooqi for his alleged role in directing attacks against civilians in Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, announced on Saturday that they had arrested Farooqi. Farooqi is the leader of the Islamic State [...]

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent letters to each member of Congress on Thursday to defend its March 26decision to refrain from penalizing companies that do not monitor pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EPA announced a temporary policy decision on March 26 that it will not seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring [...]

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