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‘Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch’s family has a long history of legal problems including reckless driving and assaults

DALLAS – Ethan Couch was behind the wheel of a pickup truck, reeking of booze when police confronted him. He had no driver’s license. Next to him was a passed-out, half-naked girl, and an open vodka bottle …

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Georgia lawmaker Tommy Benton says Ku Klux Klan wasn’t racist but were vigilantes who kept ‘law and order’

A Georgia lawmaker is bizarrely trying to rebrand the Ku Klux Klan. Georgia State Rep. Tommy Benton, a Republican, claims the KKK isn’t a racist terrorist organization but nothing more than “a vigilante …

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Tampa lawyer gets $300K settlement in excessive force suit

Tampa’s City Council agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed byTampa lawyer who alleged he was arrested with excessive force for simply observing police officers’ handling of a fight between two women in a …

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Proposal to lift ban on academic credit for paid externships draws heavy opposition

A proposed change in the law school accreditation standards that would lift the ban on students receiving academic credit for paid externships has drawn a lot of comment—and much of the comment is in opposition to …

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Sorry, Georgia, You Won’t Get Your First Latino Federal Judge After All

WASHINGTON — Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) just torpedoed his own judicial nominee, Dax Lopez, a conservative Republican who was on track to become Georgia’s first-ever Latino federal judge. His reason? Lopez …

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How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pushed For A Law To Make Sure Women Get Equal Pay

President Barack Obama commemorated the 7th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Friday — with the announcement of even more steps to reduce the pay gap between men and women. It was a fitting …

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Governor Wants To Reform Bail System That Pushes Poor, Innocent People Into Jail

The principle that defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty stands at the core of the U.S. criminal justice system. Yet in jails around the country, hundreds of thousands of people whose guilt has yet to …

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Affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch to stay in juvenile jail, won’t fight possible transfer to adult court

The “affluenza” teen will stay in juvie as he awaits a judge’s ruling on transferring his case to the adult court system — a move the teen’s lawyers say they will not fight. Ethan Couch, 18, appeared in a …

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Kansas legislature backs off in separation-of-powers faceoff with state supreme court

The Kansas legislature has backed off in a separation-of-powers showdown with the state supreme court, repealing a section of an earlier statute that would have taken away the court’s power to appoint chief judges in …

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Bernie Sanders To Cosponsor Bill Repealing Gun Law He Once Voted For

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) agreed to co-sponsor a bill Thursday that would repeal a law he voted for which gives broad legal immunity to gun makers and dealers, after months of attacks from rival …

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