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The US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to make arrests and file charges in relation to the January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol Building by pro-Trump rioters. Acting US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen attended a briefing Thurday at the FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center, where he was brought up [...]

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The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday released a list of nine Chinese companies with alleged links to the Chinese military to be blacklisted under section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999. The Department said in a press release: The Department is determined to highlight and counter the People’s [...]

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) “did not effectively plan for … the impact that family unit adult prosecutions would have on children,” despite awareness from senior DOJ leadership that the program would lead to the separation of children, according to a report Thursday from the DOJ Office of the Inspector General reviewing the implementation [...]

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The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) released their annual report on human rights in China on Thursday, declaring that China has possibly committed genocide against Uighur Muslims, a Turkic ethnic minority, in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). In their 2019 report, the CECC reported the existence of mass internment and forced labor camps in the [...]

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) updated the critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl on Wednesday, eliminating almost 3.5 million acres of forested land from federal protection. The FWS reevaluated the northern spotted owl’s critical habitat designation based on the terms of its settlement agreement with several logging groups. These groups challenged [...]

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Illinois lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday overhauling the state’s criminal justice system in a sweeping reform. The bill, HB 3653, makes it official misconduct for police officers to fail to use body cameras or intentionally misrepresent facts in police reports and investigations. Chokeholds are also banned, and the bill standardizes the reporting process for people [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that Chicago did not violate the US Bankruptcy Code by maintaining possession of cars it had impounded. The ruling came in the case of Chicago v. Fulton. In oral arguments, the city framed the question in the case as “whether the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay requires a creditor [...]

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New York Attorney General Letitia James filed suit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Thursday for its handling of peaceful protests and use of excessive force. In her complaint, James argued that the NYPD unjustifiably used pepper spray and batons against Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters in violation of NYPD policies. Such action [...]

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has voiced his support for a new bill introduced by state legislators to abolish capital punishment within the state. On Wednesday, members of Virginia’s Senate and the House of Delegates introduced House Bill No. 1779 seeking to eliminate death sentences and to convert already existing capital sentences to life imprisonment without [...]

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The US Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the execution of two men on federal death row would go forward this week, overturning a stay that would have delayed their executions until mid-March. Corey Johnson and Dustin Higgs, the men scheduled for execution, were both diagnosed with COVID-19 in mid-December. They requested a preliminary injunction [...]

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