Police officers charged in Colorado, Georgia, Connecticut, and California for violence against citizens

Grand juries A grand jury declined to indict Tennessee officers who beat and tased a Black man for alleged traffic violations. Video of the incident went viral over the summer. Two Colorado deputies involved in the death of a 22-year-old who called 911 for help after his car got stuck on a boulder were indicted by a grand jury last […]

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Supreme Court appears ready to allow LGBTQ+ discrimination and weaken bribery protections

LGBTQ+ rights The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, a case that pits Colorado’s anti-discrimination law against free speech. 303 Creative is a website design business owned by Lorie Smith. According to her brief, Smith wanted to tailor her business to wedding announcement websites, but with the explicit exclusion of […]

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Washington state jails cost taxpayers millions in wrongful death settlements

Inadequate medical care The death of a 51-year-old man denied medical treatment for diabetes in an Aberdeen, WA, jail has brought renewed attention to the state’s inadequate and negligent care of incarcerated individuals. [Clifford] Farrar, a 51-year-old with type 1 diabetes, had been insulin dependent since age 15. On the day he died, his medical records show, […]

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New case before Trump judge could result in the prohibition of medication abortion

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)—representing four Texas doctors and four anti-abortion groups—sued the FDA on Friday seeking to reverse the agency’s approval of mifepristone, the drug used in medication abortions. Mifepristone Mifepristone was first approved for early nonsurgical abortion by the FDA in 2000. Currently, it is commonly used for abortions up to 10 weeks […]

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Two Trump judges issue rulings blocking student loan forgiveness and LGBTQ+ protections

LGBTQ+ protections A Trump-appointed judge ruled last week that healthcare providers are allowed to deny care to LGBTQ+ individuals, throwing out the Biden administration’s interpretation of a key section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Background The Supreme Court decided in Bostock v. Clayton County (2020) that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a federal law […]

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Justice Thomas is upset the Court didn’t deprive death row inmate of due process

Thomas’s angry dissent Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from a juror bias case that the Supreme Court declined to address. Jeronique Cunningham was convicted and sentenced to death for shooting and killing three people in a drug-related robbery in 2002. It wasn’t until after his sentencing, during appeal,.that […]

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