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Several civil rights groups Monday filed a class action lawsuit against the County and City of Los Angeles in addition to Los Angeles law enforcement. The lawsuit challenges Los Angeles’s policy of jailing arrestees who are unable to make bail as set by the county’s uniform “bail schedules.” Since the arrestees are unable to make [...]

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Voters in Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota Tuesday voted on recreational marijuana legalization measures. Maryland and Missouri approved the measures while Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota disapproved of the measures. Maryland Question 4, on the ballot as a constitutional amendment, was approved by a vote of 65.54 percent to 34.46 percent. [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday heard oral arguments Monday in two cases challenging the validity of race-conscious affirmative action programs in college admission. Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College challenge the universities’ use of race in admissions programs under both [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Las Vegas and the Fremont Street Experience on behalf of a street performer and two 18-year-olds. The ACLU stated that the age restrictions to enter the popular tourism destination, in place on weekends since July 12, 2022, violate [...]

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US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order on abortion to ease access to medical services for abortion and contraceptives in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion provided by Roe v. Wade. President Biden stated during a press conference, [...]

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Abortion policy is now in the hands of the states following the US Supreme Court’s Friday decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. President Joe Biden has directed the Department of Health and Human Services to take steps to make sure abortion and contraception [...]

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President Joe Biden Tuesday pardoned three convicted felons – Abraham Bolden Sr., Betty Jo Bogans and Dexter Jackson – and commuted the prison sentences of 75 others. The individuals granted clemency came at the recommendation of the Department of Justice’s pardon attorney. The first to be pardoned was Abraham Bolden Sr., a former Secret Service [...]

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Transgender Attorney Sheryl Ring Monday won a lawsuit in US district court with a stipulation that Illinois attorney ethics rules do not allow discrimination based on gender identity. The new stipulation says that an Illinois ethics rule banning sex discrimination also apply when a lawyer discriminates against a transgender individual on the basis of sex in [...]

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The family of a Black man killed last week by Michigan police demanded Thursday that criminal charges be filed. Twenty-six-year-old Patrick Lyoya was stopped Monday, April 4, by Michigan police for an improper license plate. Grand Rapids police released striking dashcam video footage capturing the two-minute and 40-second interaction, which begins with the officer walking [...]

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The US Senate Thursday voted to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court. Jackson was confirmed with bipartisan support and received a Senate vote of 53-47. GOP Senators Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski crossed party lines in favor of the nomination. Two weeks ago, Jackson went through four days of hearings [...]

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