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The US Department of Justice’s bid to dismiss the charges against Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security advisor, appears to be a “corrupt and politically motivated favor,” according to a reply brief filed Friday by former federal judge John Gleeson. Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about communications with a [...]

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A magistrate for the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York instructed the government of Saudi Arabia to make two dozen Saudi Arabian officials available for questioning in a lawsuit related to the September 11 terrorist attacks. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn filed the order on August 27 and it was made [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a bill recognizing the role of jail and prison firefighting crews in the state’s ongoing battle against wildfires and facilitating access to future employment in the public sector for people who have served on those crews. The state of California, as well as several of its counties, relies [...]

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A Georgia Superior Court judge decided in a hearing held Friday that SB 38 and SB 509, which sought to allow voters to vote on a referendum to abolish the Glynn County Police Department, would not be allowed on the ballot. The Glynn County Police Department was embroiled in controversy when it oversaw the investigation [...]

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In a 6-4 decision on Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that felons in the state of Florida cannot have their voting rights restored until they pay all restitution, fines and fees. Chief Judge William Pryor, writing for the majority, first noted the “historic amendment” that Florida voters passed in [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday declined to expand voting by mail to younger residents of Texas. In an effort to mitigate the detrimental effects and potential spread of COVID-19, many states have expanded their vote-by-mail procedures for the November presidential election. This present lawsuit arose as a challenge to [...]

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The California Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to Proposition C, a San Francisco ballot measure that will raise an estimated $300 million annually in business taxes to fund homeless services. Proposition C created a tax on San Francisco businesses earning more than $50 million in gross receipts and dedicated that money to [...]

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A coalition of seven American cities submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request Wednesday to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) for records pertaining to Executive Order 13933 and the deployment of federal agents to US cities. Executive Order 13933 permits the attorney general and the secretary of Homeland Security [...]

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The US District Court for the Southern District of New York Thursday blocked President Trump from excluding undocumented immigrants in certain census counts. More than 20 states and cities had filed the lawsuit in response to a presidential memorandum issued in late July. This memorandum sought to reapportion the House of Representatives by excluding undocumented [...]

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