New York State Senator Samra Brouk on Monday?introduced legislation?that would ban police use of “any chemical agent … against any minor in any circumstance.” The bill is in response to the local police’s use of pepper spray against a nine-year-old girl last Friday. The police arrived on the scene following a family distress call and [...]

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The US House Judiciary Committee released a report Tuesday detailing the case for impeachment of President Donald Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors relating to the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. The report links Trump’s “prolonged effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and maintain his grip on power” to [...]

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US President Donald Trump?granted Tuesday full pardons to 15 individuals and commuted part or entire sentences of another five individuals. Among those pardoned are George Papadopoulos and Alex van der Zwaan,?both convicted of making false statements to the FBI as part of the Mueller investigation. The White House emphasized that these were “process-related crimes” and [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions for religious gatherings in New Jersey and Colorado until district courts can hear the cases. In both cases, petitioners challenge restrictions imposing stricter limitations on religious gatherings as violations of the First Amendment. The petitioners argue that the restrictions on religious institutions are harsher [...]

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The US Supreme Court denied injunctive relief Tuesday to Pennsylvania Republicans seeking to block certification of the state’s election results on the ground that the expansion of mail-in ballots violated the state constitution. The petition was filed by Republican Representative Mike Kelly of northwestern Pennsylvania and state electors. Kelly claimed that Act 77, enacted on [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday upheld?preliminary injunctions blocking implementation of a 2019 rule changing the criteria the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can use in making a public charge inadmissibility determination. The rule changed the definition of “likely to become a ‘public charge'” to include anyone likely to participate [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard cases involving when American corporations can be sued, and when they can sue. The first case, Nestle v. John Doe I, et al., considers whether an American corporation can be held liable under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) for human rights abuses that occur outside of the US. [...]

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The Michigan Court of Claims granted injunctive relief Tuesday to gun rights groups challenging a?prohibition on the open carry of firearms at polling places on Election Day. On October 16, Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, acting in her capacity as the chief electoral officer, issued the directive prohibiting open carry of firearms “within 100 [...]

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In a per curiam decision Tuesday, the Texas Supreme Court upheld Governor Greg Abbott’s October proclamation limiting early ballot drop-off locations to one per county. The proclamation issued on October 1 prohibited county officials from designating multiple ballot drop-off locations prior to Election Day, citing health concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and election integrity. [...]

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Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz and Democracy for the Arab World Now, Inc. (DAWN) filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a US district court against Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and a couple dozen others. The complaint alleges that key elements of the conspiracy to murder Khashoggi took place at the Saudi embassy in [...]

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