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Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill Thursday dismissed a third-degree murder charge against Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. The Minnesota judge denied the motion to dismiss the second-degree murder and murder counts against him and three other officers for aiding and abetting. The defense advanced the theory that Chauvin’s act of [...]

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The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Friday that it will execute two federal inmates, Brandon Bernard and Lisa Montgomery, in December. Montgomery was convicted for her part in a premeditated murder-kidnap scheme where she fatally strangled a pregnant woman named Bobbie Jo Stinnett, cut her open, and then kidnapped her baby. Her lawyers argued [...]

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A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that Texas federal courts potentially have the authority to change the election policy allowing poll workers to forgo wearing facial coverings. A Texas voting rights group originally brought the lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott in July. The group argued that Texas’ [...]

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The US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed a lawsuit filed by Donald Trump’s re-election campaign challenging mail-in drop boxes in Pennsylvania on Saturday. The lawsuit challenged the statewide use of ballot drop boxes in at least 20 counties. The Trump campaign alleged that the unmonitored and unsecured ad hoc drop boxes [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) found Tuesday that Hungary’s education law violated EU rules when it forced out an American university founded by George Soros. The 2017 law passed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán challenged the dual status of Central European University, which originally granted US diplomas in Hungary. Soros, an American with a [...]

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The Open Society Justice Initiative and four prominent law professors filed a complaint in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, challenging the Trump administration’s executive order that imposes sanctions on persons associated with the International Criminal Court (ICC). Created under the Rome Statute in 2002, the ICC is authorized to [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision on Friday permitting Democrats in Congress to challenge President Donald Trump’s use of Department of Defense funds for the construction of the US-Mexico border wall. The House of Representatives originally filed the lawsuit alleging that the Trump administration violated the Appropriations [...]

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The Kentucky Supreme court ruled unanimously Thursday that certain historical slot-like horse racing games are illegal. The lawsuit against Kentucky Horse Racing Commission challenged whether certain historical horse racing games popular in Kentucky fall under the definition of a “pari-mutuel system of wagering.” Since gambling is illegal in the state, only pari-mutuel systems of wagering [...]

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US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler granted a preliminary injunction Saturday against President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13943 to prohibit transactions related to WeChat. Citing concerns with national security since WeChat is owned by Tencent Holdings, a Chinese company, Trump prohibited “any transaction that is related to WeChat by any person, or with respect to any [...]

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The Campaign Legal Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) calling for an investigation into current Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s alleged activity to reimburse employees for their political campaign contributions. Based on investigations from the Washington Post and the New York Times, DeJoy allegedly violated the Federal Election Campaign Act when [...]

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