The US Supreme Court denied certiorari Monday in Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders v. Freedom from Religion Foundation, a case asking whether the state of New Jersey can use historic preservation funds to repair churches and religious institutions. Morris County, New Jersey, gave around $4.6 million to various churches and religious institutions from the [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of an Ohio woman’s defamation lawsuit against actor James Woods. The suit comes as a result of an exchange on Twitter during the 2016 election. In 2016 James Woods reposted a tweet that had side-by-side comparisons of Portia Boulger, the plaintiff [...]

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US District Judge Leonie Brinkema on Wednesday allowed a lawsuit brought by three former inmates of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq against military contractor CACI Premier Technology to proceed. The case, originally filed in 2008 by the Center for Constitutional Rights, alleges that military police (MPs) tortured the prisoners at the direction of civilian contractors [...]

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US Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced HR 1384 Wednesday, proposing a sweeping national health insurance reform plan. The bill proposes a new system called Medicare for All, which would overhaul the current Medicare scheme and make it available to all residents of the US. The Secretary of Health and Human Services would be given broad [...]

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In a memo unsealed Saturday Robert Mueller accused former Trump employee Paul Manafort of a series of crimes. The accusations range from commonplace tax fraud and obstruction of justice to federal laws like the Foreign Agents Registration Act and argues that Manafort knowingly broke the law throughout. The memo finds a number of aggravating factors [...]

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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro over what UPMC describes as the AG “illegally taking over nonprofit healthcare”. UPMC is seeking class action status to sue for injunctive relief and federal equal protection against Shapiro’s interference in federal programs. UPMC argues [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral argument Wednesday in Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, a case questioning what happens to a licensee’s trademark rights when a licensor goes bankrupt. Tempnology, LLC, a company specializing in cooling technology for towels and headbands among other things, had licensed a series of patents and trademarks to [...]

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A group of experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have condemned the harsh crackdown by France on public protest and demonstrations. According to the report, the government of France has increasingly restricted human rights—particularly those of free demonstration—in response to the rise of the gilets jaunes (“yellow jackets”) protest [...]

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Representative Doug Collins (R-GA) reintroduced the Electronic Court Records Reform Act as HR 1164 Wednesday with cosponsors Mike Quigley (D-IL), David Roe (R-TN), and Henry “Hank” C. Johnson, Jr. (D-GA). The full title of the bill is “To direct the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts to consolidate the Case Management/Electronic [...]

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The Supreme Court of New Hampshire on Friday upheld the convictions of three women arrested in violation of a local ordinance prohibiting nudity in public places. The ordinance in question, Laconia City Ordinance § 180-2, states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally, in a public place:…appear in a state of [...]

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