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US federal judge Robert Pratt temporarily blocked the state of Iowa on Monday from enforcing a state law that prohibits public schools from requiring masks. Consequently, school districts may continue to enforce their mask mandates. Earlier this month, the ACLU of Iowa and several parents filed suit in federal court to challenge Iowa’s public school [...]

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Texas judge Karin Crump of the Travis County District Court issued a temporary injunction on Monday that preventing Texas Right to Life from enforcing the new six-week abortion ban against Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The injunction prevents any action from being taken against Planned Parenthood pursuant to Senate Bill 8 (SB8) until a final judgment [...]

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The US Department of Justice filed an appeal on Friday with the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit challenging a lower court ruling in July blocking new applications to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA was started by the Obama administration in 2012 and allows individuals brought to the US [...]

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A Florida appeals court has upheld Governor Ron DeSantis’ ban on school mask mandates. The move Friday came after a Florida circuit judge ruled last month to temporarily suspend the ban until the legal challenges against it were complete. As a result, the ban will remain in place until further appellate review. The order states [...]

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With this post, JURIST launches a new series of dispatches from major US states written by JURIST staff “on the ground” in those jurisdictions. JURIST Operations Director Ram Eachambadi files this report from Los Angeles. Election day in California is here, thanks to the approximately 1.5 million signatures on a petition—a mere 12% of the [...]

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The Governor of Texas, Greg Abbot, Thursday signed into law a bill prohibiting social media platforms from censoring users’ digital expression based on viewpoints or geographic location. The law comes two months after a Florida federal judge in July blocked similar legislation by Governor Ron DeSantis. Section 143A.002 of the new law prohibits social media [...]

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) will review the conduct of the Columbus, Ohio police department in response to a series of fatal police shootings of Black people, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Thursday. The DOJ Office of Community Orientated Policing Services (COPS) will conduct the review. The Office’s acting director, Robert E. Chapman, stated that [...]

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A federal judge on Friday ordered a permanent injunction against Apple’s app store requiring them to cease their policy of charging 30% commission on in-app payments. Epic Games challenged this practice, claiming that it constituted a monopoly over its own system of distributing apps and its own system of collecting payments. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers [...]

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The Tallahassee Division of the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction blocking Florida’s controversial “anti-riot” bill, delivering a blow to one of Governor Ron DeSantis’s central election promises and a victory to civil rights groups. HB1, “Combating Public Disorder,” was signed into law by DeSantis in [...]

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