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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Monday allowing the state to manufacture its own generic prescription drugs in order to lower the cost of prescription drugs. The law, California Affordable Drug Manufacturing Act of 2020, will require California’s Health and Human Services Agency (CHHSA) to partner with drug manufactures to produce and/or distribute [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered preliminary injunctions Sunday and Monday against the US Postal Service (USPS) to prevent policy changes that have delayed national mail delivery. Following a similar ruling by a Pennsylvania federal judge Monday, the injunction by Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, DC, marks the [...]

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Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate on Monday asked the US Supreme Court to block a ruling from the state’s Supreme Court allowing mail-in ballots received three days after November 3 to be counted if they are postmarked on that day. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party filed a lawsuit in June challenging several aspects of the state’s [...]

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A federal judge on Friday blocked the state of Texas from eliminating straight-party voting, a system where a voter could vote for all the Democrats or Republicans on a ballot by checking a single box. In the order, US District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo said the main reason for preventing the law is to eliminate [...]

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Finland’s Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a decision by two lower courts to ban a far-right group and two of its subgroups at the request of the National Police Board. The litigation, which originally began in 2017, came to an end when the highest Court ruled the groups’ activities are “significantly contrary to law” and [...]

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The Abolitionist Law Center (ALC), the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project (PILP), and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for discrimination against inmates with psychiatric disabilities. In the complaint, the groups allege that the jail lacks a functional mental health care system despite having hundreds [...]

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Speaking Monday in a UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) debate on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said that governments providing healthcare and social protection to all citizens would be able to mitigate the shock of COVID-19, but other countries would need to cease human rights violations [...]

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President Donald Trump Friday granted a full pardon to prison reform advocate Alice Johnson after she spoke on his behalf at the Republican National Convention (RNC). Trump had previously commuted Johnson’s life sentence back in 2018. Convicted in 1996 for eight federal criminal counts relating to involvement in cocaine trafficking organization, Johnson was sentenced to life [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against federal officers for excessive force and unlawful arrests in Portland, Oregon. The suit was filed Wednesday on behalf of multiple veterans and several demonstrators who were protesting against police brutality. The defendants named include the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security, [...]

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