The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that it reached a settlement with Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services Inc. (GWRSI) to address the company’s Clean Air Act violations. The DOJ and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concurrently filed a complaint against GWRSI for its violations. In 2019, the EPA asserted that GWRSI violated the [...]

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The US Supreme Court Thursday denied former President Donald Trump’s application to bring approximately 100 classified documents back within special master review. Trump appealed to the high court after the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a partial stay allowing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to continue examining the documents without special master [...]

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US President Joe Biden Thursday pardoned “all prior Federal offenses of simple possession of marijuana.” Biden explained that criminal records for marijuana possession have negatively impacted “too many lives,” particularly those of black and brown people through disproportionate conviction rates. Biden urged state governors to pardon marijuana possession offenses at their respective state levels. He [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Wednesday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was properly deemed illegal in a lower court decision last year. The lower court decision ruled that DACA was illegally created and prevented any further applicants but allowed nearly 600,000 young immigrants to renew their [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Wednesday rejected a request from a group of medical marijuana supporters to block a provision in Nebraska’s constitution that establishes a signature requirement for ballot initiatives. The group, Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana (NMM), is a registered ballot campaign committee in Nebraska that initiated petitions to put [...]

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The US Supreme Court Friday vacated the stay of an injunction by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and stated that the Eleventh Circuit improperly analyzed the case. The case, Rose et al. v. Raffensperger, pertains to an alleged violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The plaintiffs assert that Georgia’s [...]

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A US district judge has ordered Starbucks to rehire seven employees in Memphis, Tennessee who were allegedly terminated for participating in pro-union activities in attempts to unionize the store they worked at. A regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a suit against Starbucks, alleging that the employees were terminated for participating in [...]

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The US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Wednesday removed Jesús “El Rey” Zambada, who had testified against Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, from its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List. Sanctions had been placed on Zambada for his involvement in the drug cartel. A department official stated that [...]

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The New York state legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that would automatically restore the voting rights of convicted felons once they are released on parole. The New York Senate voted 43 to 20 to pass the bill, S830B, which amends the state’s criminal code by striking provisions that revoke voting rights of convicted felons [...]

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On Friday, media tycoon Jimmy Lai and two other pro-democracy activists received sentences for unauthorized assembly relating to 2019 protests in Hong Kong. Lai was found guilty in two separate trials for unauthorized assembly. He will serve 14 months in prison for his involvement in the pro-democracy protests. On April 1, 2021, a Hong Kong [...]

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