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A lawsuit challenging the construction of a master-planned community on an undeveloped, environmentally sensitive plot of land approximately 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles was revived on Friday, even as a settlement in a companion case was reached this week. The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) and the Center for Biological Diversity (“the plaintiffs”) [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Friday concerning whether agencies under the Biden administration had the authority to require large employers and medical care facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid to mandate employee vaccinations. The first case, National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) v. Department of Labor (DOL), addresses the administration’s authority to [...]

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Thursday reduced by a century the sentence of 26-year-old truck driver Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, whose brakes failed, resulting in four deaths. Originally sentenced to 110 years for an offense with no criminal intent, public outcry against Aguilera-Mederos’ harsh treatment prompted the governor’s and the district attorney’s offices to reconsider the sentence. [...]

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The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in cases concerning state funding for religious private schools and proceedings for incarcerated people challenging their convictions due to incompetent counsel. In Carson v. Makin, the court will determine whether Maine’s scheme of outsourcing public education to secular private schools by compensating parents for the cost of [...]

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Only hours before he was set to be executed, Julius Jones’ death sentence was commuted Thursday by Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt. Jones, who has been on death row for 20 years for a murder he alleges he was framed for, will now face life without the possibility of parole. Compelling evidence of Jones’ innocence had [...]

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An Amazon seller on Thursday filed a proposed class-action suit claiming the retail giant discriminated against straight white cisgender men by creating support initiatives for creators of color and specialized search filters that allow shoppers to see results from minority-owned sellers. Jonathan Correll alleged that Amazon’s diversity campaigns, including Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage [...]

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The US Supreme Court, on Thursday in a 5-3 decision, voted to reinstate the execution of John Marion Grant, allowing Oklahoma to commit its first execution in six years. A shortage of the traditionally accepted lethal injection drug cocktail has led states to experiment with new combinations. In 2014 and 2015, the state of Oklahoma [...]

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The US House of Representatives committee on the January 6 insurrection voted Thursday to hold Trump advisor Steve Bannon in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena. Bannon, the former CEO of the Trump campaign, is under suspicion because of statements made on his “War Room” podcast on the days leading up to the Capitol riot that [...]

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Thursday they would suspend a policy that allowed ICE to deport undocumented people without first seeing a judge. The Trump administration previously expanded the expedited removal policy in 2019. At the time, immediate deportation was only used in cases that occurred at or near the border. The changes [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging a highly controversial Texas law, Senate Bill (SB8), which bans all abortions after six weeks and authorizes citizens to report individuals who assist or intend to assist people seeking to terminate their pregnancies. The complaint asserts that the law defies the Supremacy Clause [...]

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