A US federal district judge Friday denied 19-year-old Corionsa “Khorry” Ramey’s emergency petition to attend her father’s execution. US District Judge for the Western District of Missouri Brian Wimes denied Ramey’s petition, stating the denial does not violate Ramey’s constitutional rights. In his order denying the petition, Wimes wrote that, though the Court recognized the [...]

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A UN expert Friday called recent legal charges and proceedings against a former Guatemalan judge and prosecutor “an attack on the rule of law.” UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Margaret Satterthwaite raised concerns over “irregularities” in the case of former anti-corruption prosecutor Virginia Laparra Rivas and former judge Miguel Ángel [...]

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The Supreme Court of Georgia denied Republicans’ attempt to prevent advance voting in the Georgia Senate run-off election. The decision comes after the Georgia Republican Party, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed an emergency petition and motion to stay with the state’s highest court. The Georgia Republican Party, [...]

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The LGBTQ Equality Caucus of the US Congress released a statement Sunday condemning the “twin epidemics of hate and gun violence” following a deadly shooting at a queer club in Colorado Springs. Around midnight, a shooter entered Club Q, a “safe haven” for LGBTQ residents of Colorado Springs, killed 5 and wounded more than 25 [...]

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Wednesday released its annual report tracking violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The report comes a few days before the Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20 and is HRC’s tenth year of tracking such violence. According to the report, 32 transgender and gender non-conforming individuals were killed in [...]

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The US House of Representatives’ Rules Committee Wednesday held a hearing exploring the possibility of seating a nonvoting delegate from the Cherokee Nation. The hearing is an essential first step towards fulfilling a provision from an old treaty, known as the Treaty of New Echota, that led to the Cherokee Nation’s forced removal from their ancestral lands. Article 7 [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in McCutchen v. United States, a challenge to the federal ban on gun bump stocks. Promulgated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the ban prevents anyone from possessing bump-stock-type devices, including slide-fire devices, and encourages possessors to either destroy [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday denied an application for stay and injunction, allowing the US House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the Capitol to obtain the phone and text records of Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward. Ward filed an emergency application for a stay and injunction on October 24, after a [...]

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The Taliban’s Supreme Leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada Sunday commanded judges in Afghanistan to fully enforce Islamic law. According to statements from the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Majuhid, Akhundzada met with Afghan judges and ordered them to properly investigate and scrutinize cases of thieves, kidnappers and seditionists.  Akhundzada told the judges that they must enforce the proper [...]

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The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in consolidated cases challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The case before the court, Haaland v. Brackeen, includes challenges from non-Native adoptive parents seeking to adopt a Native child over objections from the Native community. The court heard arguments on three issues in the case. The [...]

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