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  • Florida court deals blow to marijuana ballot initiative

    Florida court deals blow to marijuana ballot initiative

    Civil Rights 04/22/2021

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a potentially fatal blow to supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at legalizing marijuana under certain circumstances.The justices ruled that the initiative’s ballot summary is &ldqu...

  • Capitol stormer who wore ‘I Was There’ shirt to stay in jail

    Capitol stormer who wore ‘I Was There’ shirt to stay in jail

    Civil Rights 04/02/2021

    A federal judge refused Thursday to set bail for a Texas man who was wearing a T-shirt that said, “I Was There, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021,” when he was arrested on charges he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.U.S. Judge Carl Nicho...

  • Appellate court arguments set for Charleston church shooter

    Appellate court arguments set for Charleston church shooter

    Civil Rights 03/29/2021

    Attorneys for the man sentenced to federal death row for the racist slayings of nine members of a Black South Carolina congregation are set to formally argue that his conviction and death sentence should be overturned.Oral arguments have been set for...

  • Colorado court: Speed-reading bills violates constitution

    Colorado court: Speed-reading bills violates constitution

    Civil Rights 03/15/2021

    The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that state Senate Democrats violated the constitution in 2019 when they responded to Republicans’ request that bills be read at length by having computers speed-read the bills in an intelligible garble.The C...

  • Trump, on tape, presses Ga. official to ‘find’ him votes

    Trump, on tape, presses Ga. official to ‘find’ him votes

    Civil Rights 01/05/2021

    President Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state’s presidential election, repeatedly citing disproven claims of fraud and raising th...

  • High Court in London backs Virgin Atlantic's rescue plan

    High Court in London backs Virgin Atlantic's rescue plan

    Civil Rights 09/01/2020

    Virgin Atlantic’s 1.2 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) restructuring plan was approved Wednesday by the High Court in London, allowing the international airline to continue rebuilding its operations after the devastation caused by the coronavirus p...

  • Given a chance, Trump would push court pick before election

    Given a chance, Trump would push court pick before election

    Civil Rights 07/19/2020

    President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have tried to make it clear: Given the chance, they would push through a Supreme Court nominee should a vacancy occur before Election Day.The issue has taken on new immediacy with the ...

  • Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

    Supreme Court lifts ban on state aid to religious schooling

    Civil Rights 07/07/2020

    States can’t cut religious schools out of programs that send public money to private education, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.By a 5-4 vote with the conservatives in the majority, the justices upheld a  Montana scholarship program ...

  • USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4

    USCIS Preparing to Resume Public Services on June 4

    Civil Rights 05/27/2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is preparing some domestic offices to reopen and resume non-emergency public services on or after June 4. On March 18, USCIS temporarily suspended routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offic...

  • Black robes or bathrobes? Virus alters high court traditions

    Black robes or bathrobes? Virus alters high court traditions

    Civil Rights 05/01/2020

    The coronavirus pandemic is forcing big changes at the tradition-bound Supreme Court. The justices will hear arguments this month by telephone for the first time since Alexander Graham Bell patented his invention in 1876.Audio of the arguments will b...

  •  Australian highest court to rule on Cardinal’s appeal later

    Australian highest court to rule on Cardinal’s appeal later

    Civil Rights 03/14/2020

    Australia’s highest court on Thursday said it will deliver a verdict at a later date on whether to overturn the convictions of the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse.Cardinal George Pell’s lawyer, Bret Walker, told...

  • Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

    Justices return for season of big decisions, amid campaign

    Civil Rights 02/19/2020

    For a Supreme Court that says it has an allergy to politics, the next few months might require a lot of tissues.The court is poised to issue campaign-season decisions in the full bloom of spring in cases dealing with President Donald Trump’s ta...