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Alabama Chief Justice's 'Suspension From Office'

September 30, 2016 An Alabama court indefinitely suspended Roy Moore, the state’s controversial chief justice, from office Friday for ordering probate judges to defy federal court rulings on same-sex marriage bans. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary found Moore guilty on all six counts filed against him, including failure to “uphold the integrity...

After Cosby, California Changes Its Rape Laws

September 29, 2016 California has eliminated its statute of limitations for rape and other sexual-assault charges—in a major change to its criminal code. The measure, proposed by State Senator Connie Leyva, a Democrat from Chino, eliminated the state’s 10-year window on prosecuting a broad set of sex-related crimes. Governor Jerry Brown signed the...

Yahoo's Half-a-Billion Hack

September 23, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A “state-sponsored actor” stole personal data from at least 500 million Yahoo user accounts, the troubled tech company said Thursday. The pilfered data contains a wealth of personal information, including “names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords […] and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions...

The World's Biggest Marine Refuge: 442,000 Square Miles, 7,000 Species, 5 Sunken Aircraft Carriers

August 26, 2016 With a stroke of a pen Friday, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument became as large as its name. President Obama added more than 442,000 square miles to the Pacific Ocean wildlife refuge north of Hawaii on Friday, quadrupling its size and cementing its status as the largest marine protected area...

When the Governor Is Your Lawyer

August 4, 2016 Missouri’s public-defender system is in crisis. Like many other systems throughout the U.S., it is underfunded, understaffed, and underappreciated. The state spends less than half of the national average in per-capita public-defense spending, placing it in 49th place out of 50, according to the National Legal Aid and Defense Association....

Obama's Historic Day of Clemency

August 4, 2016 President Obama has commuted the sentences of more than 200 people, a move the White House hailed as the most grants of presidential clemency in one day in more than a century. The White House said Wednesday 214 people convicted of federal crimes had their sentences commuted. Many of them...

A Blow to Delaware's Death Penalty

August 3, 2016 The Delaware Supreme Court struck down the state’s death-penalty statute Tuesday, ruling that the latitude it granted to judges during the sentencing phase violated the Sixth Amendment. Most high-profile death-penalty cases revolve around the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. But Rauf v. Delaware instead centers on the...

More Charges for Chelsea Manning

July 29, 2016 U.S. Army soldier Chelsea Manning faces additional charges for her recent suicide attempt in prison that could result in indefinite solitary confinement, the ACLU said Thursday. The 28-year-old whistleblower tried to take her own life on July 5. She now faces charges including “conduct which threatens,” possessing prohibited property, and...

No Charges for Hillary Clinton

July 7, 2016 The Justice Department won’t pursue criminal charges against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while secretary of state, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday. “Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation...

Hillary Clinton Goes to the FBI

July 5, 2016 FBI investigators interviewed Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, for three-and-a-half hours on Saturday as the probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of state enters its final stages. The meeting took place at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary...

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