Federal prosecutors indicted freelance journalist Tim Burke on Thursday for allegedly illegally accessing computer servers of several media companies. According to Burke’s indictment, in February 2023, Burke entered into a conspiracy with an unnamed co-conspirator to access private servers owned by the National Sports League (NSL), as well as the company StreamCo Inc., which provides [...]

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A Texas judge ruled in favor of Barbers Hill Independent School District on Thursday, finding that the school district did not violate a new state law prohibiting race-based hair discrimination when it punished a black student for refusing to change his hairstyle. The case involved Darryl George, a junior in high school, who was initially [...]

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Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, passed Friday legislation legalizing the limited production as well as the consumption of cannabis. The legislation was brought by the federal government, and in a roll-call vote, 407 MPs supported the law, 226 opposed it and four abstained. The legislation faced opposition from the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)/Christian Social [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday in M.H. and S.B. v. Hungary that Hungarian authorities violated Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights by arbitrarily detaining two minors who crossed the Hungarian border in 2016. Hungarian authorities detained the minors for about three and two months, respectively. The first minor was [...]

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Former US President Donald Trump asked the federal judge overseeing his criminal retention of classified documents case on Thursday to dismiss the case based on a claim of presidential immunity. Trump currently faces 40 criminal charges in the case. His motion to dismiss only deals with the first 32 counts of the indictment against him, [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of South Carolina filed a lawsuit against the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) on Thursday, claiming the department’s ban on news media interviews for incarcerated people violates the First Amendment to the US Constitution. The department’s policy explicitly prohibits “personal contact interviews” with inmates, and in [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Thursday detailing an increase in countries sanctioning human rights abuses outside their borders. Normally this would take the form of a former citizen of the nation who had either been exiled or forced to flee being harassed or worse by their nation of origin. These breaches have occurred [...]

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A Massachusetts federal judge sentenced a Texas man to serve three months in federal prison on Thursday for threatening a Boston, Massachusetts doctor affiliated with the national LGBTQIA+ health education center. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Matthew Jordan Lindner’s sentence after he previously pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transmission of threatening [...]

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Chinese authorities arrested former Communist Party of China (CPC) Guizhou Provincial Committee secretary Sun Zhigang over alleged bribe-taking, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) announced Thursday. According to the National Supervisory Commission (NSC), the investigation into allegations of Sun’s corruption started in August 2023. In February, the NSC concluded that Sun engaged in nepotism, sought special [...]

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A New York appeals court ruled that a New York City law granting non-citizens the power to vote was unconstitutional. It was estimated that the law would allow more than 800,000 non-citizens the ability to vote in New York City local elections, prior to the court’s Wednesday ruling. The municipal legislation, Int. 1867-2020, was enacted [...]

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