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Kate Steinle killing: Ballistics expert calls fatal shot accident

[caption id="attachment_41920" align="alignright" width="300"] Kate Steinle, victim - Francisco Sanchez, illegal alien suspect.[/caption]SAN FRANCISCO -- The bullet that killed Kate Steinle on Pier 14 last month as she walked with her father was fire ...

Kentucky clerk mandated to issue same-sex marriage licenses; refuses again

ROWAN COUNTY, Ky. (UPI) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District ruled Wednesday against Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis over her refusal to issue licenses to same-sex couples. Davis has refused to issue licenses to any couple until the ma ...

Planned Parenthood sues Louisiana over cut to Medicaid funds

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge Tuesday to stop Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration from ending Medicaid payments to the organization's Louisiana clinics. Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, announced plans e ...

SF judge deciding if suspect in murder of Kate Steinle to stand trial

[caption id="attachment_41920" align="alignright" width="300"] Kate Steinle, victim - Francisco Sanchez, illegal alien suspect.[/caption]SAN FRANCISCO — A judge is deciding whether to schedule a murder trial for a Mexican national at the center of a ...

Ferguson municipal court throws out all warrants issued prior to 2015

Ahead of a major new municipal reform law taking effect this week, the municipal court in Ferguson announced sweeping changes on Monday. Among the most significant was the decision by the court to withdraw all warrants issued prior to Dec. 31, 2014, ...

HS band barred from season opener due to 'How Great Thou Art'

[caption id="attachment_43355" align="alignright" width="300"] U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, for the Southern District of Mississippi[/caption]Brandon High School band did not perform at halftime during the season opener against Ocean Spring ...

ACLU blasts St. Louis County for belatedly charging Ferguson rioters

CLAYTON -- The American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups have blasted St. Louis County for belatedly filing criminal cases against demonstrators arrested during the 2014 unrest in Ferguson. "We condemn this action as a blatant violation of ...

With 7M limited-English speaking residents, Calif moves to provide interpreters in all courts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Going through a divorce has been difficult for Sepideh Saeedi. Not understanding what's happening in court because she isn't proficient in English has made the process even harder. "When you don't understand what the judge is sa ...

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Death Penalty Unconstitutional

HARTFORD -- After a sweeping two-year review, the state Supreme Court outlawed capital punishment in Connecticut, saying Thursday that the state's death penalty no longer comports with evolved societal values and serves no valid purpose as punishment ...

ACLU helps convicted terrorist challenge NSA surveillance

The U.S. spy operations that once put Portland terrorist Mohamed Mohamud under FBI surveillance violated his constitutional right against unlawful search and seizure, two civil liberties groups contend in a federal appeals court filing. Lawyers for t ...


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