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Republican legislators in Georgia introduced a package of bills on Monday aimed at restricting access to the ballot box. This comes as grassroots organizations led by Black women helped register an unprecedented amount of marginalized voters, flipping the state in support of Democratic candidates for both the November presidential election and the state’s January Senate [...]

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law on Friday expanding the Anti-Money Laundering Council’s (ALMC) power to investigate and impose sanctions against companies suspected of funding terrorism or the “proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” The Anti-Money Laundering Act allows the AMLC to apply for search and seizure requests and subpoena companies with ties to [...]

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New York judge Arthur Engoron ordered Trump and associates on Friday to turn over documents concerning a Trump family estate to investigators. The Trump Organization is under investigation for using inaccurate evaluations of assets to get loans and tax breaks.?New York Attorney General Letitia James began this inquiry into the Trump Organization’s financial records in [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case that would have allowed them to rule on Texas law enforcement officers’ use of investigative hypnosis. Charles Don Flores was sentenced to death for the 1998 murder of Elizabeth Black. His conviction was based on eyewitness testimony obtained through “investigative hypnosis.” Law enforcement officers [...]

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A group of “concerned Kentucky citizens,” including three grand jurors from Breonna Taylor’s case, announced a petition to impeach special prosecutor and state Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Friday. Jurors accuse Cameron of “abuse of office and breach of duties of professional responsibility and ethics” and “misrepresenting to the nation the findings of the grand [...]

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday?sued Biden-appointed officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to stop an executive action?pausing deportations for 100 days. President Joe Biden signed the 100-day moratorium on his first day in office, as part of a comprehensive review of DHS policies. The deportation freeze seeks to allow DHS to [...]

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Outgoing US President Donald Trump granted clemency to 143 people in his last act as president on Tuesday. Beneficiaries include GOP fundraisers Steve Bannon and Elliott Broidy and several allies of the Trump family as well as rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. Bannon, a former Trump campaign strategist, was facing prosecution for defrauding donors [...]

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Alabama’s policy requiring that transgender people show proof of sex reassignment surgery in order to change the sex designation on their driver’s license was found to be unconstitutional, courts ruled Friday. Under the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Policy Order 63, transgender individuals could only get a license that accurately reflected their gender after they [...]

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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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The Colorado Supreme Court updated the definition of common-law marriage to include LGBTQ+ individuals with three rulings handed down on Monday. The decisions also retroactively recognize same-sex common-law marriages entered into before the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision. Common law marriages are relationships that resemble marriage but lack official records to verify that union. Whether [...]

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