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Bankruptcy protects Detroit from claims by exonerated youth, judge rules

Detroit is protected from an exonerated youth’s wrongful prosecution suit because of the city’s 2013 bankruptcy, approved in late 2014, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson…

Colorado town repeals snowball ban after 9-year-old boy makes his case; what’s his next pet project?

Trustees in the Colorado town of Severance quickly warmed up to a 9-year-old boy who took aim at its snowball ban on Monday.

Town trustees agreed to repeal the century-old…

Several states pass laws authorizing ‘In God We Trust’ motto in schools and other public buildings

Public schools could provide a new legal battleground on religion in public venues as more states pass laws authorizing the posting of “In God We Trust” in public schools.


Another court rules against Trump administration’s grant restrictions to sanctuary jurisdictions
A federal judge in New York City has ruled that the Trump administration did not have the authority to withhold public safety grants from sanctuary jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate in immigration enforcement.
Impeachment talk by federal workers could violate Hatch Act, new guidance says

Updated: New guidance on prohibited political activity by federal employees warns that workplace talk of impeachment and resistance could be banned by the Hatch Act.

The guidance was issued…

Judge rules sheriff violated rights of woman held in jail for three months without seeing judge

A federal judge in Mississippi has ruled that a Mississippi county and its sheriff violated the constitutional rights of a woman held in jail for three months without seeing a…

Supreme Court considers inmate’s argument that large swath of Oklahoma is still a reservation

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday considered a death-row inmate’s claim that he was wrongly convicted in state court because the murder he committed happened on land in East Central…

Two Christie allies to be resentenced in Bridgegate lane closures after partial reversal

Two former officials convicted in a scheme to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge for political punishment will be resentenced after a federal appeals court reversed part of…

Was Trump’s appointment of acting AG Whitaker within the law?
Some in the legal community—both liberal and conservative—are questioning whether President Donald Trump acted within his constitutional authority by appointing Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general after asking Jeff Sessions to resign.
Sessions limits use of consent decrees to reform police in one of his last acts as AG

Before his ouster on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions approved guidelines that limit the Department of Justice’s use of consent decrees to overhaul police departments and other state and local…

ABA president opposes proposed rule that would reduce rights of immigrant minors
ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday, opposing the agency’s proposal to unilaterally change a 1997 legal settlement laying out rights for minors in the immigration system.
Supreme Court allows trial in challenge to census citizenship question; three justices dissent
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block a trial in a challenge to the U.S. Commerce Department’s decision to add a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
Trump says he will sign order ending birthright citizenship for some; would it be constitutional?
Updated: President Donald Trump says he will sign an executive order ending citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens and unauthorized immigrants.
As judges rule for sanctuary cities, Chicago sues Sessions for blocking new public safety grants
Litigation over President Donald Trump's order restricting federal grants to sanctuary cities continues, despite several rulings favoring the cities and other jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Appeals court rules that Georgia annotated code cannot be copyrighted

Georgia’s official annotated state code is not copyrightable and belongs in the public domain.

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