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North Carolina Governor Is Ready To Take Voter ID Fight To The Supreme Court

One of the states with the most restrictive voting rules in the nation will ask theSupreme Court to step in and let it enforce them in time for the presidential election. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said on Friday he’s ready to ask the justices to block an appeals court ruling issued last week […]

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Most Americans Support Allowing Late-Term Abortion In Cases Of Zika-Linked Birth Defects

WASHINGTON ― American voters are much more inclined to support legal late-term abortions if the fetus is afflicted with a severe birth defect caused by the Zika virus, according to a new STAT-Harvard poll. The poll found that 59 percent of Americans favor allowing a woman to obtain a legal abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy […]

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Lawyer alleges a cover-up after seeing ‘horrific’ video in police shooting of black teen

The lawyer for a black teen shot and killed by Chicago police last month said a partial video of the incident released today is “one of the most horrific things I have seen.” Lawyer Michael Oppenheimer spoke on Friday about the video in the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal. Oppenheimer said the video […]

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What lessons can Americans draw in 2016 from the WWII-era internment of Japanese-Americans?

When Dale Minami was in law school, Fred Korematsu was a name on a casebook, a lesson about the power and the limits of the courts. In the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1944 caseKorematsu v. United States, the court ruledthat Executive Order 9066, President Franklin Roosevelt’s order to round up and imprison Japanese-Americans living on the […]

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Police Officer Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man

A white Virginia police officer was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old accused of shoplifting. A circuit court jury found former Portsmouth police officer Stephen Rankin guilty for the killing of William Chapman in April of last year. It was the second time Rankin had killed an unarmed […]

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Melania Trump Denies Breaking Immigration Laws

Melania Trump, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, denied on Thursday that she had ever broken immigration laws, in response to a Politico report that calls into question whether she committed visa fraud and worked without authorization during her early visits to the U.S. Trump is now a U.S. citizen, but her husband’s […]

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Two L.A. Policemen Who Shot Dead Unarmed Black Man Sue City For Racial Discrimination

(Reuters) – Two Los Angeles police officers who shot dead an unarmed black man in 2014 are suing the city for alleged racial discrimination and retaliation after not being allowed to return to the field, the Los Angeles Times reported. Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas killed Ezell Ford, 25, during a confrontation. They have […]

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This shrinking law firm tops ‘A-List’; is it a ‘one-horse firm’?

Irell & Manella had just 112 practicing lawyers as of mid-July, down from a high of 221 lawyers in 2003. Its revenue dropped 19 percent last year and its profits per partner—at a more than respectable $3.2 million—nonetheless dropped 12 percent. But the firm has been named No. 1 on the American Lawyer’s “2016 A-List” […]

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Governor who blocked public-defender budget increases is ordered to represent indigent defendant

Taking aim at the government official who has blocked budget increases for indigent defense, the top public defender in Missouri has appointed Gov. Jay Nixon to represent a poor defendant in an assault case. Michael Barrett, director of the Missouri State Public Defender, posted to his office’s website his Aug. 2 letter (PDF) informing Nixon […]

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Wisconsin Voter ID, Early Voting Law Partially Struck Down By Judge

By Dan Whitcomb July 29 (Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday struck down a string of Wisconsinvoting restrictions passed by the Republican-led legislature and ordered the state to revamp its voter identification rules, finding that they disenfranchised minority voters. U.S. District Judge James Peterson, ruling in a legal challenge to the laws by two […]

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