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The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s chairman said Friday that the US Secretary of the Interior has issued an order disestablishing the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation and taking its land out of federal trust. The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s land was taken into trust by the US Department of the Interior in September 2015. However, relying on the US Supreme [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state need not adopt an incapacity test that turns on a defendant’s ability to recognize that his crime was morally wrong in order to comply with the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. The case, Kahler v. Kansas, involves a man (Kahler) who was convicted of capital murder for shooting and [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday granted a Guantanamo Bay detainee’s motion to compel a psychological evaluation by a mixed medical commission. Mohammed al-Qahtani, a Saudi Arabia national who, for the past 18 years, was detained at Guantanamo and subject to torture as a result of his alleged [...]

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The US Supreme Court denied a petition Monday by bump-stock owners and gun advocacy groups to hear a case challenging President Donald Trump’s ban on bump stocks. The plaintiffs, which include Damien Guedes and the Firearms Policy Foundation, had petitioned the court after a lower court’s decision to uphold Trump’s ban on bump stock devices. [...]

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Virginia’s General Assembly passed a bill that repealed many of the State’s restrictions on abortion on Wednesday. House Bill 980, also known as the Reproductive Health Protection Act, received final passage from the House of Delegates and was sent to Governor Ralph Northam for final approval on Wednesday. HB 980, which had initially passed the [...]

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The US Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a former Walgreens employee’s religious bias claim. The Supreme Court declined to hear Darrell Patterson’s appeal from a lower court’s ruling that Walgreens did not wrongfully fire Patterson when it did so because Patterson failed to work on Saturdays on account of his religious beliefs. Patterson, a [...]

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The Italian Senate voted Wednesday to lift former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s parliamentary immunity over his treatment of asylum seekers. Under Italian law, Salvini had immunity from criminal prosecution over actions he had taken while serving as interior minister. But, at the request of prosecutors in Catania, Sicily, the Senate voted 152-76 to strip Salvini [...]

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