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The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday changed Juan Lizcano’s death sentence to life in prison because of intellectual disability. Lizcano joins the list of five other inmates taken off Texas’s death row since the US Supreme Court invalidated Texas’s method for determining intellectual disability of death row inmates. Lizcano killed Dallas police officer [...]

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A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked the US Postal Service (USPS) from sending election notices to Colorado households that state officials claimed contain “patently false information” about the 2020 election process in Colorado. The USPS claimed that the notices help voters understand the mail-in process. However, Colorado’s secretary of state criticized the notices as [...]

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The US District Court for the Southern District of New York Thursday blocked President Trump from excluding undocumented immigrants in certain census counts. More than 20 states and cities had filed the lawsuit in response to a presidential memorandum issued in late July. This memorandum sought to reapportion the House of Representatives by excluding undocumented [...]

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More than 20 states filed a lawsuit Friday against the US Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) over changes to a key environmental law. The lawsuit seeks to vacate a final rule, promulgated in July, which made various changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Since 1970, NEPA has served as the US’s “bedrock law [...]

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The US Department of Justice on Wednesday executed Lezmond Mitchell, a 38-year-old member of the Navajo Nation who had been sentenced to death for the murder of Alyce Slim and her granddaughter, Tiffany Lee, in 2001. Mitchell’s death marks the fourth federal execution since the revival of federal capital punishment earlier this year. However, Mitchell’s [...]

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US House Democrats on Monday revealed the Moving Forward Act, which combines various proposals into one package infrastructure plan. The Moving Forward Act proposes spending $70 billion to upgrade the energy grid. This investment will go towards strengthening existing infrastructure, as well as expanding renewable energy. The bill also proposes providing more than $500 billion [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday lifted a preliminary injunction ordering the transfer of vulnerable inmates from Elkton Federal Correctional Institution. The injunction came as a response to a COVID-19 outbreak at Elkton. Approximately one-fourth of Elkton’s inmates have tested positive for the virus, 19 dying from it. Due to the [...]

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Chief Justice Lemons of the Virginia Supreme Court on Monday ordered the temporary suspension of all evictions and residential unlawful detainer actions. This order comes at the request of Virginia’s governor, Ralph Northam. In a letter to the Chief Justice, Northam requested a suspension of unlawful detainer proceedings for 30 days so that the his [...]

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The Burundi constitutional court on Thursday upheld the presidential election of retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye. The controversial election occurred in May and marked the country’s first competitive presidential election since 1993. According to voter results, Ndayishimiye won the election with 69 percent of the votes. However, Agathon Rwasa, who supposedly won 24 percent of the [...]

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Switzerland’s Supreme Court denied an appeal on Wednesday by the Senior Women for Climate Protection, finding that it is too early to claim fundamental rights violations based on climate change. The Senior Women for Climate Protection alleged that Switzerland’s government was failing to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in a way that would correspond [...]

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