The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that defendants who are facing prolonged incarceration due to COVID-19 trial delays have the right to a new detention hearing if certain requirements are met.    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Jersey and the Office of the Public Defender brought this case. The New Jersey [...]

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In a divided decision, the Supreme Court ruled Friday against a California ban on indoor church services. However, it did not strike down California’s restrictions on indoor singing, chanting, and limits to the number of worshipers. The ruling permits California churches to hold in-person services with a capacity limit of 25%. The restrictions and bans [...]

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The Virginia Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates passed bills this week that would abolish the death penalty in Virginia, setting Virginia up to be the 23rd state to abolish the death penalty if each chamber approves the other chambers’ bill. If approved, the two men on death row in Virginia will be sentenced [...]

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The US Department of Justice indicted two Proud Boys members Friday for conspiring to obstruct law enforcement and other charges for their acts connected to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Proud Boys is a far-right nationalist organization, self-described as “Western Chauvinists.” The two members indicted on Friday were Dominic Pezzola and William [...]

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Eight former commanders of the demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity on Thursday by Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP). Rodrigo Londono, Pablo Catatumbo, Pastor Alape, and Milton de Jesus Toncel are among the eight former leaders facing the accusations. The former FARC leaders allegedly [...]

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Friday the launch of a civil rights investigation into an alleged pattern of unconstitutional policing conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). The California Constitution and the California Civil Code Section 52.3 authorize the California Attorney General to conduct civil investigations of law enforcement agencies in order [...]

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The High Court of the Kano State of Nigeria Thursday acquitted a teenager sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered a fresh trial for a man sentenced to death after the convictions caused international outcry. A Sharia (Islamic law) court had convicted the two individuals in August last year. The high court that overturned [...]

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A 2-1 federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a proposed supervised drug-injection site that would have opened in Philadelphia on the basis that the proposed site violates a federal law that was passed to prevent drug dens. The proposed site would have been the first supervised drug-injection site in the US. The appeals court overturned [...]

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UN human rights experts on Monday called for President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center immediately. The UN experts asserted that detainees are being held there indefinitely, in cruel and inhumane conditions. January 11 was the nineteenth anniversary of the establishment of Guantánamo. Seven hundred prisoners were at the facility in 2003, [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld an order on Tuesday blocking Arkansas laws that ban abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy and abortions due to a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Little Rock Family Planning Services sued the state in 2019. The clinic challenged the abortion restrictions in Act 493, which [...]

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