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Brooklyn Supreme Court judge suing borough’s Democratic Party for dashing her re-election hopes

A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Brooklyn Democratic Party after she wasn’t approved for re-election by a screening committee. Ravi Batra, a lawyer representing Justice Laura Jacobson, filed the bombshell suit Friday against the Kings County Democratic Committee alleging Jacobson’s “refusal to judicially act bending and bowing to […]

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Maine Governor Uses Homophobic Slur While Challenging Lawmaker To Prove He’s A Racist

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) left a threatening voicemail for a Democratic state lawmaker on Thursday, using obscene language and challenging the lawmaker to prove the governor is racist. LePage believed that state Rep. Drew Gattine (D) accused him of being racist after the governor said he kept a binder full of drug traffickers arrested […]

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University Of North Carolina Is Barred From Enforcing So-Called ‘Bathroom Law’

A federal court on Friday barred the University of North Carolina from enforcing the “bathroom bill” portion of H.B. 2 against two transgender students and an employee who sued over its implementation. The law, which has made waves in North Carolina since the legislature passed it in March, has been the subject of a flurry […]

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Top French Court Makes Initial Ruling To Suspend Burkini Ban

PARIS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A French court on Friday suspended a ban on full-body “burkini” swimsuits imposed by a Mediterranean resort that has angered Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners. The Council of State’s ruling against Villeneuve-Loubet is expected to set a precedent for the dozens of other French towns that have also laid […]

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Ferguson’s ‘Debtors Prison’ Racket Has Been Reined In. Now Its Police Force May Be Falling Apart.

ST. LOUIS ― The head of Ferguson’s police dispatch tendered her resignation in a turbulent city council meeting this week, telling city officials that budgeting and staffing constraints have made it impossible to do her job. Shannon Dandridge, who worked for dispatch for 13 years, cried as she read from a letter she had submitted at […]

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Texas Runs A Totally Legal System For Beating Obama Again And Again

When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) announced his latest lawsuit against the federal government, this time over health care coverage for transgender Americans, he sounded as if he had no choice. “This is the thirteenth lawsuit I have been forced to bring against the Obama Administration’s continued threats on constitutional rights of Texans,” Paxton […]

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Cash-Strapped States Spend Millions Trying To Defend Anti-Abortion Laws

WASHINGTON― As states lose court battle after court battle over thehundreds of anti-abortion laws they’ve passed in the last five years, taxpayers are being forced to pay millions of dollars that are desperately needed for other purposes. Alabama, for instance, just had to call a special legislative session to deal with a massive budget shortfall. […]

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Hillary Clinton Emails Must Be Released By State Department In September: Judge

A U.S. judge ordered the State Department on Thursday to release by Sept. 13 any emails it finds between Hillary Clinton and the White House from the week of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, among the thousands of additional emails uncovered by federal investigators. The order came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave […]

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Atheists Sue Pennsylvania House After Being Barred From Giving Opening Invocations

Over the past few years, leaders in the Pennsylvania state House have repeatedly maintained that only religious individuals are fit to deliver the opening invocation before each session. Now, they may end up having to defend that position in court. A group of atheist and secular organizations filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, claiming that Republican […]

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California judge behind Brock Turner’s sexual assault sentencing will no longer handle criminal cases

The California judge infamous for dishing out a slap on the wrist for Brock Turner’s sexual assault will no longer hear criminal cases. Just days after recusing himself from a child pornography case, Santa Clara county judge Aaron Persky has requested to be reassigned, in an attempt to shutter himself off from any criminal cases, […]

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