Jessica Denson, who worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, brought a class action claim on Tuesday seeking to invalidate the nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements (NDAs) that all campaign staffers had to sign. Denson filed the claim with the American Arbitration Association. In November 2017 Denson filed a sex discrimination and slander suit against the campaign in [...]

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The UN’s Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan on Wednesday urged all parties in South Sudan to cease conflict immediately in light of potential war crimes and honor the Revitalized Peace Agreement, signed in September. The Commission found that the country’s violence has “markedly worsened” since December 2017. It was particularly concerned by reports of [...]

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The US Senate passed the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2019 on a voice vote Thursday, which would make lynching a federal hate crime. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the bill the same day it was passed. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) co-sponsored the bill. The Senate had unanimously passed a similar bill in December, but [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Wednesday that Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairperson, lied to the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller. According to Judge Amy Jackson, prosecutors showed by preponderance of the evidence that Manafort intentionally made false statements about payments made to a law firm to [...]

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Two “Personhood Acts” were introduced in the South Carolina legislature this week that would criminalize receiving or performing an abortion. State Senator Richard Cash introduced the bill in the Senate on Wednesday, and State Representative Josiah Magnuson introduced a similar bill on Thursday. The Senate bill reads, “The General Assembly acknowledges that personhood is God-given rather than an endowment of [...]

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The House Intelligence Committee announced on Wednesday that it will be releasing “transcripts of testimony taken before the Committee” to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, as well as the rest of the Department of Justice.  More than 50 transcripts will be sent to Mueller, including conversations with Donald Trump Jr. and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Committee also [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday for force-feeding detained migrants. According to a report released on Thursday by the Associated Press, detained men in the El Paso Processing Center have been participating in a hunger strike since early January. ICE officials said that 11 men are striking, but AP reports the [...]

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Zel Fischer, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri, announced a pretrial reform plan on Thursday.  In his annual State of the Judiciary address, Fischer said, “We all share a responsibility to protect the public–but we also have a responsibility to ensure those accused of crime are fairly treated according to the law, and not their pocket [...]

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The Supreme Court of Nebraska upheld death sentences for eight death row inmates on Friday.  The plaintiffs, who had all been sentenced before 2015, claimed that when the Nebraska legislature repealed capital punishment in 2015, their sentences should have been commuted, even though capital punishment was reinstated by referendum in 2016. One of the eight plaintiffs had been [...]

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