Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed a new bill into law Monday protecting fundamental rights to abortion and family planning. The bill orders that no public entity may interfere with an individual’s fundamental rights to abortion, carrying a pregnancy to term, contraception or sterilization. The bill orders state and local law enforcement not to prosecute anyone [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal agencies are not “persons” who may take advantage of administrative procedures for challenging patents. The agency in question, the US Postal Service (USPS), attempted to use administrative procedures from the America Invents Act to challenge a patent held by Return Mail, Inc. USPS had originally tried to [...]

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In an opinion by Justice Kavanaugh, the US Supreme Court affirmed the ruling below in Quarles v. United States that intent formed at any time during a burglary is sufficient. Defendant Jamar Quarles was charged with a violation of the Armed Career Criminal Act for committing a felony with a weapon after three prior felony [...]

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A new report from the Canadian National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls calls for justice the systemic murder and disappearance of women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual) The first volume provides background and personal stories on the research and the victims. The report highlights [...]

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The US and Chinese governments both issued statements Tuesday reflecting on how China has changed since the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement honoring the protesters and criticizing the current Chinese government. Pompeo praised the protesters and the democratic reforms they called for while simultaneously railing [...]

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