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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 ...

Federal judge orders county clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses, clerk appeals

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to resume issuing marriage licenses despite her religious objection to same-sex marriage, but Davis quickly filed an appeal. U.S. District Judge David Bunning granted a preliminary inj ...

Illegal Aliens File Lawsuit for Millions in Damages

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Five immigrant mothers held in facilities with their children are seeking millions of dollars in damages from the U.S. government for what they contend is psychological and physical harm as a result of being detained , according t ...

Jury decides Lesbian couple's claim of hate crime was a hoax

[caption id="attachment_42878" align="alignright" width="300"] Laura and Carol Ann Stutte[/caption]A federal jury in a lawsuit has concluded a Monroe County lesbian couple's claim their house was torched in an act of hate was a hoax. A jury in U.S. D ...

Theater shooter spared from death penalty by Colorado jury

[caption id="attachment_40108" align="alignright" width="300"] James Holmes with attorney[/caption]CENTENNIAL, Colo. (UPI) -- James Eagan Holmes, the man who gunned down a dozen people at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises three years ago, ...

Court rules cellphone data cannot be collected without warrant

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday the government must have a warrant in order to spy on or obtain data from citizens' cellphones. The split decision in United States v. Graham says obtaining cellular data qu ...

Federal court says Texas Voter ID violates Voting Rights Act

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Texas' voter ID law has a "discriminatory" effect on minorities in a victory for President Barack Obama, whose administration took the unusual step of bringing the weight of the U.S. ...

ACLU sues sheriff's dept. over handcuffing of 8 yr. old

“You can do what we have asked you to do, or you can suffer the consequences.” The threat is issued by a police officer in Covington, Kentucky, who is caught on video as he grapples with an individual he is attempting to restrain. The officer, carryi ...

Defense provides evidence of 'judge-shopping' in Freddie Gray case

Attorneys for the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray presented new evidence Wednesday to support their claims that a prosecutor went "shopping" for a judge to sign warrants for the officers' department-issue ...


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