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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday from a California man challenging a $23,000 traffic impact fee levied in exchange for a building permit. Placerville, California resident George Sheetz challenged a decision from El Dorado County under the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment—specifically a provision known as the Takings Clause. The dispute between Sheetz and [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied an injunction Thursday against a Mississippi law that created a state-run court district in the state’s capital of Jackson. The court held that the plaintiffs in the case had failed to show standing to maintain a case for a preliminary injunction. The NAACP originally appealed [...]

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A man was arrested early Tuesday morning after allegedly breaking into the Colorado Supreme Court, discharging a weapon and setting a small fire just weeks after the state’s top court moved to remove former President Donald Trump from the Colorado presidential ballot. The suspect also held an unarmed security guard at gunpoint to gain access [...]

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The social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, lost a court case Thursday challenging a California law that obligated it to publicly reveal its content moderating procedures and issue a comprehensive service report on their moderating activity to the state. X Corp. owner Elon Musk mounted a challenge to the law in September, alleging [...]

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Tokyo’s High Court found the government of Japan not liable Tuesday for damages related to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and associated mass evacuations, leaving responsibility solely with plant operator the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). The ruling also reduced the damages amounts of a previous court order from $414,400 to $165,000 for 44 of [...]

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The New York City Council moved to largely ban solitary confinement in city jails in a 39-7 vote Wednesday and also added new restrictions on other safety management tactics. The council’s newly passed bill would prohibit placing inmates in solitary confinement for more than eight hours at night to sleep or for more than two hours [...]

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law Monday that criminalizes illegal entry into the border state from anywhere but a port of entry, exerting state jurisdiction over what is normally a federal matter. The bill creates a misdemeanor offense for violation of the statute and a felony crime for multiple offenses. It also [...]

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The Peru constitutional court moved Wednesday to affirm a 2017 pardon granting the release of ex-President Alberto Fujimori despite an Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruling that required the release be blocked. Fujimori was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to the maximum term of 25 years for various war crimes and corruption during his [...]

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In a joint statement signed last Thursday but announced Tuesday, the government of the Philippines and communist group the National Democratic Front (NDFP) have reached an agreement to reset peace negotiations in an attempt to end a 50 year long conflict. The agreement was facilitated by Norway and signed in Oslo by Philippines Special Advisor [...]

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The Brazil Federal Senate approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday that restricts the Supreme Federal Court’s (STF) ability to preliminarily rule on cases without at least six of the 11 members on the court, deepening a growing conflict between the country’s legislative and judicial branches. Changes also include a six-month deadline for the court to decide [...]

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