The California Court of Appeal First Appellate District has ordered San Quentin State Prison (SQ) to reduce its population by half. The move is intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Tuesday order follows a writ of habeas corpus filed by Ivan Von Staich, an inmate in the prison. Staich, 64, suffers from respiratory problems. [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted six military officers from the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Monday. The charges against the officers include using malware to cause blackouts in Ukraine in 2015 and 2016; $1 billion in losses to three corporations in 2017; disrupting computers supporting the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics; hack-and-leak efforts against French [...]

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In 4-4 decision Monday, the US Supreme Court denied the application by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania for stay of an order by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court extending the deadline for receiving absentee and mail-in ballots. Under the Pennsylvania court’s order, the absentee ballots must be mailed before or on Election Day and received within the [...]

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Chinese officials announced Monday that Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been charged with espionage. Yang was detained by Chinese authorities in January 2019 and has not been released since. A former Chinese diplomat and spy novelist, Yang wrote on Chinese politics for several years. He became an Australian citizen in the early 2000s. Yang claims his spy [...]

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The US Senate Judiciary Committee began the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday. Republican Senators sought to make the hearing about Barrett’s Catholicism, while Democrats focused on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Roe v Wade. In addition, Democrats focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. Criticism included the lack of contact [...]

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The Sendai High Court has ordered the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant, to pay 1 billion yen ($9.5 million) in damages to victims of the 2011 disaster. Affirming the decision and rationale of a Fukushima district court, the Sendai High Court made its decision Wednesday [...]

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Kosovo’s Specialist Chambers announced the arrest and transfer to The Hague of accused war criminal Salih Mustafa on Thursday. Mustafa is the first person arrested and third to be indicted by the office. Established in 2015, the chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office are charged with investigating and trying people accused of committing war crimes [...]

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The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee took emergency diploma privileges under consideration on Monday. If enacted, the bill would admit law students who graduate during the COVID-19 pandemic admission to the Pennsylvania Bar. Any individual seeking admission must meet three eligibility requirements. They must have graduated law school or be otherwise eligible to take the bar [...]

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US Attorney General William Barr labeled New York City, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, “anarchy” jurisdictions in a press release on Monday. The move will give the federal government the ability to deny federal funding to those jurisdictions. In the press release, Barr cited increases in violence correlated with the protests for racial justice that began [...]

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