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Thousands of US law students and of members of the Missouri, Texas and DC bars have signed a petition for the disbarment of Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz for their objections to Congressional certification of the Electoral College’s votes. As of Wednesday, there were more than 11,000 signatures on the petition from lawyers and [...]

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The US Department of Justice on Monday filed the first two federal grand jury indictments in connection with last week’s Capitol riots. The first of the indictments charges Mark Leffingwell of Seattle with civil disorder, violent entry into a restricted building, and assaulting, resisting, or impeding two police officers. According to the criminal complaint filed [...]

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The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time in his four-year term. The new Article of Impeachment from the House contains a single charge of “Incitement of Insurrection” for Trump’s role in the events that took place at the Capitol Building last week. The article alleges that [...]

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A 2-1 federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a proposed supervised drug-injection site that would have opened in Philadelphia on the basis that the proposed site violates a federal law that was passed to prevent drug dens. The proposed site would have been the first supervised drug-injection site in the US. The appeals court overturned [...]

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Acting US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen issued his first statement Wednesday about last week’s seizure of the US Capitol Building, promising a swift response to further acts of violence. The three-and-a-half-minute prerecorded video was released overnight and began with Rosen calling “the storming of the capitol … an intolerable, shocking and tragic episode in our [...]

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More than 70 individuals have already been charged in last week’s seizure of the US Capitol, officials from the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a joint briefing Wednesday—the first such briefing since the attack. The briefing began with a statement from FBI Assistant Director in Charge Steven D’Antuono about the FBI’s activities [...]

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Federal death row inmate Lisa Montgomery was executed in Terre Haute, Indiana, early Wednesday morning. She became the first woman on death row to be executed since 1953. Montgomery was charged in 2008 with the strangulation of a pregnant Missouri woman and with cutting and removing the child from her body. Attorneys for Montgomery made [...]

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The US House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday evening calling for Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office. Requests for Pence to convene the cabinet to remove Trump have grown in recent days, as reports indicate the president is unwilling to resign in the aftermath [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a federal requirement that women accessing early abortion drug mifepristone must pick up the drug in person from their health care providers. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) typically requires that mifepristone is only dispensed in clinics, medical offices or hospitals. The FDA also requires that patients [...]

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