Thirty-seven current prosecutors and 12 current and retired police chiefs and sheriffs filed an amicus curiae brief Thursday in support medically vulnerable plaintiffs seeking immediate release or transfer from Elkton Federal Correctional Institution (FCI-Elkton) in Ohio. Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit last month after at least nine individuals in custody died of COVID-19, and [...]

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Judge Cathy Bissoon of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania entered a consent order Wednesday declaring that the Allegheny County jail must put medically vulnerable people within their own cells and keep newly admitted inmates within isolation for two weeks, consistent with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) orders. Additionally, the [...]

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Virginia after Governor Ralph Northam signed numerous landmark bills into law Sunday, including multiple criminal justice reform bills. House Bill 972 decriminalizes simple possession of marijuana and creates a $25 civil penalty but removes the current criminal offense classification as a misdemeanor. This will take effect July 1 if the General Assembly agrees to technical amendments [...]

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Federal District Judge of the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division, Michael H. Watson dismissed a complaint that was filed on Monday by voting rights groups declaring that the states’ new primary vote plan violates the National Voter Registration Act and the First and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit stemmed from the Ohio [...]

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US District Judge William Conley ordered Thursday that the Wisconsin primary must still be held on April 7 but added notable adjustments. Conley heard three consolidated cases that were each filed in response to the growing concerns over COVID-19 and holding elections. The complaints brought a number of statutory requirements and election-related concerns to the court [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Friday ordered General Motors to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act (DPA). DPA originated as a reaction to the Korean War and entitles the government to force American businesses to produce products and materials that are in high-demand or short supply during a national emergency. Trump recently declared the [...]

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The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or CARES Act was introduced by Senate Republicans on Thursday in an effort to combat the economic impacts that our nations is feeling from coronavirus. The current proposal has sections providing for loan guarantees to impacted businesses, direct cash payments, increased testing, and vaccine development resources. The [...]

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Zyad el-Elaimy, a leader within the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, despite his strong legal defense was sentenced by the Mokattam Misdemeanor Court on Tuesday.  El-Elaimy was sentenced to one year in jail with a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds (around $1,200 USA dollars) for violating Egypt’s Assembly Law. More specifically, he was sentenced for “spreading [...]

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Amid a struggling global stock market, the Supreme Court of India ruled Wednesday against the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) ban on cryptocurrencies. The initial ban originated in 2018 after financial regulators and the Indian government began to examine the emerging cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, ripple, and ethereum. At that time they had “concerns of [...]

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The DC Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed on Friday the dismissal of a lawsuit against the Trump Hotel. In 2017, a DC wine bar, K&D LLC (“Cork”), filed an unfair competition suit claiming that President Donald Trump’s luxury hotel in Washington, DC unfairly impedes on the business of other city venues. Cork’s complaint alleges that [...]

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