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House holds moment of silence on steps of the Capitol ahead of 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks
Essential Politics: Gov. Jerry Brown signs landmark climate change law, race for California's U.S. Senate seat heats up Sept. 9, 2016, 8:02 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching:Flanked by legislative leaders, Gov....
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U.S. Supreme Court green lights straight-party voting in Michigan
A Michigan law banned straight-party voting with critics saying it would hurt all voters.       
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Supreme Court rejects Michigan Republicans who fear Trump effect, keeping practice of straight-ticket voting
The Supreme Court, acting in a partisan election dispute triggered by the rise of Donald Trump, has turned down an appeal from Michigan Republicans who sought to eliminate straight-ticket voting for the first time in 125 years. The justices by a 6-2 vote refused to allow the state to enforce a...
185 points by Los Angeles Times | Supreme Court of the United States United States Voting Appeal Law Elections President of the United States George W. Bush
‘Jungle’ camp must close to stop mass attacks by migrants – Calais mayor to RT
The mayor of the French port city of Calais is urging the government to completely dismantle the notorious ‘Jungle’ migrant camp as soon as possible. She has joined hundreds of protesters rallying for the closure of the troubled facility. Read Full Article at
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MasterCard faces $18.6 billion lawsuit over excessive fees
Ed AdamczykLONDON, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- MasterCard faces an $18.6 billion lawsuit in Britain, charged with applying excessive fees on millions of transactions between 1992 and 2008.
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U.S. Supreme Court green lights straight-party voting in Mich.
The Friday ruling ends a series of appeals by Attorney General Bill Schuette        
5507 points by Detroit Free Press | Supreme Court of the United States United States Appeal United States Constitution Law Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John G. Roberts Voting
Hillary Clinton talks about God
Hillary Clinton found religion Thursday night — offering a rare address on her faith, her duty to love and humility. “Humility is not something you hear much about in politics, is it? But we should. None of us is perfect,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City. “It isn’t easy,...
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Homeless Massachusetts man gets jail for trespassing
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) - A homeless Massachusetts man whose criminal trespassing cases went all the way to the state's highest court has been sentenced to 30 days in jail. The Berkshire Eagle ( ) reports that a judge on Thursday let stand the monthlong sentence imposed on 70-year-old David ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Law Pittsfield Massachusetts Criminal law Berkshire County Massachusetts Crime Court Not proven Conviction
Aceves - and three others - for Superior Court
Efrain Matthew Aceves is a well-regarded Los Angeles County deputy district attorney with 18 years of trial experience who also serves as a member of the Whittier school board. The Los Angeles County Bar Assn. has rated him “well qualified” to be a Superior Court judge. His opponent in the race...
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For the first time, Bill Cosby’s lawyers claim racism
Cosby’s legal team raised the issue on the courthouse steps after a hearing in his criminal sex assault case        
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Commission says religious liberty should not top civil rights
“Religious exemptions to the protections of civil rights based upon classifications such as race, color, national origin, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, and gender identity, when they are permissible, significantly infringe upon these civil rights.”
1385 points by The Washington Post | Christianity Human rights Freedom of religion Law International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Religion Civil liberties State religion
Wrong-way fleeing driver charged in fatal crash
WARRIOR, Ala. (AP) - A driver has been charged after authorities say he refused to stop for police and went the wrong way before crashing into another vehicle, killing one person. Citing jail records, news outlets report 36-year-old Donald Hornsby Wright II of Hanceville is charged with murder in 67-year-old ...
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‘I never called Obama son of a whore… and Ban ki-Moon is a fool!’ – Philippines President
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has now denied allegations that he called US President Barack “a son of a whore.” However, after the row over the insult subsided somewhat, Duterte switched to the UN’s Secretary-General, calling him a “fool.” Read Full Article at
397 points by Russia Today | Human rights Philippines Ban Ki-moon United Nations ASEAN Filipino language Law Emilio Aguinaldo
MasterCard sued for $19bn in Britain’s biggest damages claim
The leading global payment company MasterCard is being sued for £14 billion ($19 billion) in damages. The company allegedly charged its 46 million UK customers excessive fees for using its cards. Read Full Article at
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MasterCard faces $18.6 billion UK suit over fees
The claim is said to be the biggest in British legal history.         
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Inmates flooding courts with frivolous lawsuits
Dozens of Bay State inmates have filed hundreds of pleadings as part of frivolous lawsuits that are clogging the courts and turning judges into prisoner “pen pals” — according to one jurist and a top lawyer who are both clamoring for changes in what they call a “broken” system.
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MasterCard faces $18.6 billion UK lawsuit over fees
LONDON (AP) - Britain's former financial services watchdog is suing MasterCard for 14 billion pounds ($18.6 billion), alleging the firm slapped excessive charges on millions of transactions. Law firm Quinn Emanuel filed the suit Thursday at the Competition Appeal Tribunal on behalf of Walter Merricks, a former U.K. financial services ...
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Ohio public-records mediation a smart move for state and its citizens: editorial
Peace at last? A new Ohio mediation option applauded by the editorial board could stop the long, costly battles over public records between citizens and state and local governments. The Ohio legislature deserves a thumbs-up for giving citizens a way to dig into public records without forcing them to dig deep into their pockets.  Under Substitute Senate Bill 321, which passed in June and goes into effect Sept. 28, citizens denied public records by a government entity in Ohio will be able to opt for a $25 mediation process through the Ohio Court of Claims instead of having to file a lawsuit and thereby forcing the government to defend itself in court. Mediation should ensure that more Ohioans are able to take advantage of the state's open records law, which is the hallmark of good, transparent government.  Mediation part of public records bill Currently, citizens denied public records have only one legal remedy: a mandamus action, or a writ, through the courts forcing the government to turn the public records over. But litigation can be a sky-high barrier for many record-seeking citizens who lack the money to hire a lawyer.  Soon, rejected citizens will be able to pay $25 to file a complaint in their county clerk's office for the Ohio Court of Claims, which will then attempt to mediate the problem. About our editorials Editorials express the view of the editorial board of and The Plain Dealer -- the senior leadership and editorial-writing staff. As is traditional, editorials are unsigned and intended to be seen as the voice of the news organization. * Talk about the topic of this editorial in the comments below. * Send a letter to the editor, which will be considered for print publication. * Email general questions or comments about the editorial board to Elizabeth Sullivan, opinion director for // $('.floatingSeries').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','line-height':'20px','color':'#333333','width':'255px','margin':'10px','margin-right':'0px','float':'right','border-bottom-color':'#dadada','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'1px','padding-bottom':'2px'});$('.floatingSeries h3').css({'text-transform':'uppercase','color':'#363636','font-size':'30px','line-height':'28px','padding-bottom':'7px','border-bottom-color':'#363636','border-bottom-style':'solid','border-bottom-width':'4px'}); $('.floatingSeries ul').css({'list-style-type':'none','list-style-position':'outside','list-style-image':'none','margin':'0px','padding':'0px'});$('.floatingSeries li').css({'font-family':'arial,helvetica,sans-serif','font-size':'14px','font-weight':'normal','color':'#333333','font-weight':'bold','line-height':'20px','border-top-width':'1px','border-top-style':'solid','border-top-color':'#cccccc','margin':'0px','margin-top':'6px','margin-bottom':'6px','padding':'0px','padding-top':'6px','padding-bottom':'4px','color':'#333333','text-decoration':'none'});$('.floatingSeries a:link').css('color','#333333');$('.floatingSeries h3').css('margin-bottom','2px'); // ]]> If mediation fails, a special master steps in and gives the Court of Claims judge an advisory opinion. The judge can then issue a legally binding decision. That ruling is appealable, but the idea is that most of these disputes will be resolved efficiently within weeks, not months, by an independent, third party. About 28 states already offer mediation as a way to resolve public-records disputes, said Dennis Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association.   Hetzel supports the new Ohio law, as does state Auditor Dave Yost and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Yost and DeWine said they will likely dismantle their programs to mediate public-records disputes. Ideally, there should be no need for mediation or lawsuits. Ohio Revised Code 149.43 has a right-thinking view of how public records should be handled: Public records (with some reasonable exceptions, such as personal information about law-enforcement personnel) should be "promptly prepared and made available for inspection ( or copying) to any person at all reasonable times during regular business hours." And the requester need not even give her or his name. Despite the clarity of Ohio law, it is not unusual for some cities and villages to thumb their noses at it and refuse to turn over consultant contracts, mayor's schedules, public officials' garage-door logs and other documents on the flimsiest excuses.  If public-records mediation works as it should, it will give many citizens an opportunity to pry those records free without costly dramas. That's how it should be. Gray skies during Sunshine Week Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings just below.
8 points by The Plain Dealer | Law Dispute resolution Mediation Government Ohio Attorney General Judge Sherrod Brown George Voinovich
Q+A: Ex-law enforcement officer explains why he works to legalize marijuana
Jason Thomas helped carry out the war on drugs, but what he saw convinced him it wasn’t always a just cause. During his two and a half years in law enforcement ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Law Recreational drug use Decriminalization Prohibition Cannabis Cannabis Police Prison
Migrant Children in Greece Detained Illegally, Report Says
Hundreds of migrant children and teenagers in Greece have been put in arbitrary and prolonged detention in breach of international and Greek law, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
197 points by The Wall Street Journal | Human rights Law European Union Roman Republic Criminal justice According to Jim Human Rights Watch Greece
Appellate Division stays HC order over income tax on private universities
The High Court verdict declaring income tax on private higher educational institutions as illegal has been stayed for two months.
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Duterte says he told Obama he never insulted him, thinks U.N.'s Ban a fool
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told Barack Obama he never called him a "son of a bitch", he said on Friday, but he maintained a defiant stance on his war on drugs, saying U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was a fool for bringing up human rights.
1299 points by Reuters | Human rights United Nations United States Ban Ki-moon Barack Obama Iraq War Secretary-General of the United Nations Law
Bill Cosby’s lawyers claim racism for the first time
PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby has long preached the gospel of personal responsibility to fellow blacks, irritating those who fault racism for holding the community back. But now lawyers for the 79-year-old comedian have suggested for the first time that racial bias is to blame as Cosby faces the prospect of 13 women testifying in court...
269 points by New York Post | Bill Cosby The Cosby Show Jury Michael Eric Dyson Black people Law Racism Phylicia Rashād
Govt considering law on war criminals' properties, law minister says
The government is considering legal means to meet a rising popular demand to confiscate properties of 1971 war criminals.
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Boston top cops pledge to wear body cameras
Eight top cops have volunteered to don body cameras — including the department’s superintendent-in-chief, William G. Gross — if the city wins its legal battle to go ahead with its controversial pilot program today.Suffolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins is expected to decide today whether he supports or rejects the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association’s motion for an injunction that would halt the city’s six-month pilot that is slated to launch Monday.
218 points by Boston Herald | Police Judge Law Lawyer Constable Legal professions Boston Police Department
Erica Garner blasts de Blasio for withholding cop’s record
The daughter of Eric Garner blasted Mayor de Blasio for withholding disciplinary info on the cop whose chokehold led to her father’s death.
6863 points by Daily News | Release Law African American Civil and political rights Black people Race New York City Racial segregation
Woman gets husband barred from attending their child’s birth
It’s his kid — but he’s legally barred from attending the birth. In a first-of-its-kind case in the state, a pregnant Staten Island nurse has won the right to ban her estranged husband from the delivery room for the upcoming birth of their child. “It basically boils down to it’s not about him, it’s about...
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Police admit first use of the 'Blue Lives Matter' law was a mistake
Police say the man yelled racial and sexual slurs at officers while he was being arrested for criminal property damage and disturbing the peace.
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Embattled Soledad cross will remain standing after 25-year legal battle
More than 25 years of lawsuits, court rulings, aborted sales and property transfers over the landmark Mt. Soledad cross in La Jolla have finally come to an end, closing one of the longest legal battles over religious symbols on public property in the country. On Wednesday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court...
1753 points by Los Angeles Times | Mount Soledad cross controversy Law Veteran Appeal United States Constitution Supreme Court of the United States Federal government of the United States United States
In 2011 FBI tape from case-fixing probe, yet another judge's name is mentioned
Two Philadelphia judges secretly taped by the FBI in a case-fixing investigation discussed reaching out to a third judge to influence a drug case, according to a recording made public during a judicial hearing Thursday.
-1 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Judge Federal Bureau of Investigation Bench Supreme Court of the United States Law Civil law United States Thomas M. Cooley Law School
‘Hollywood on the Hudson’ gets green light from appeals court
The controversial “Hollywood on the Hudson” park project is back on track thanks to a court ruling Thursday. A Manhattan appeals court green-lighted the $130 million project — which has been a ping-pong ball in the state legal system — by tossing out a challenge by a group of activists. The activists from the City...
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N.J. high court to hear appeal in affordable-housing dispute
New Jersey's Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear a challenge that will decide if municipalities must zone for the affordable housing units they did not zone for between 1999 and 2015.
59 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Court Supreme Court of the United States United States Law Appellate court State supreme court Appeal Supreme court
First attorney applies to fill Nevada Supreme Court vacancy
A 68-year-old attorney from the Gardnerville-Carson City area is there first person to apply to succeed retired Justice Nancy Saitta on the Nevada Supreme Court. Michael King Powell has worked ...
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Prosecutors will drop charges against ex-Va. governor
The decision is a victory for a former rising star in the Republican Party.         
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Department of Homeland Security asks businesses to share cyber attack information, finds only one that's willing
— A law championed by Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger to get businesses and the government to share information about computer security threats has had limited impact so far because companies are reluctant to hand over data to the government, officials and corporate executives said Thursday. About...
14 points by Baltimore Sun | United States Department of Homeland Security Computer security Security Attack Dutch Ruppersberger Government Worry Law
Cuomo says record of cop who choked Garner should be released
Gov. Cuomo isn’t buying Mayor de Blasio's excuse for not releasing the disciplinary records on the cop who choked Eric Garner.
576 points by Daily News | Civil liberties State Law Police Ed Koch Political philosophy Appeal The Cop
Nevada Supreme court hears case on real estate crisis foreclosure sales
A case that could affect the validity of thousands of Las Vegas foreclosure sales stemming from the real estate crisis that began nearly a decade ago was heard Thursday by the Nevada Supreme Court.
57 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Mortgage Law Property Foreclosure Appeal Supreme Court of the United States Supreme court United States
Caterpillar's 300 layoffs among more than 1,000 reported to state in August
Caterpillar is planning 300 job cuts at two downstate facilities, among more than 1,000 mass layoffs Illinois employers reported to the state in August. The layoffs at the two Caterpillar facilities in Mossville, which comprise support and management employees, are expected to begin Oct. 31. The...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Termination of employment Layoff Restructuring Associated Press Peoria Illinois Compromise agreement Peoria County Illinois Law
Lawyer suspended for 91 days in Miami athletics probe
MIAMI (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has suspended a lawyer from practice for 91 days for her actions in the NCAA investigation of University of Miami athletics. The court Thursday agreed to the Florida Bar recommendation in the case of attorney Maria Elena Perez. She was accused of violating ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Lawyer Florida United States Washington D.C. Supreme Court of the United States Jury Bush v. Gore Law
Inmate sentenced in brutal 2014 attack on his cellmate
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - An inmate who admitted to brutally beating his cellmate in Connecticut says he will try to kill the next person assigned to his cell. Jay Hotchkiss was sentenced Wednesday in New London to four more years in prison for the July 2014 assault. He is ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Prison Connecticut Sentence Penology Crime Law New London Connecticut Criminal justice
LGBT rights group appeals denial of transgender name change
ATLANTA (AP) - An LGBT rights group is asking an appeals court to step in after a Georgia judge declined a legal name change for a second transgender man. Lambda Legal says it filed an appeal Thursday of a June order by Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper ...
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Two year prison term for $14 million organized crime scheme
A Pennsylvania man was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in prison for his part in a $14 million organized crime conspiracy that forced a financial institution to fold.
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Mike Coffman takes aim at challenger Morgan Carroll’s work as a state senator, personal injury lawyer in new radio ad
Mike Coffman is out with his first radio ad Thursday, and it's a doozy, alleging an "odor of corruption" around opponent Morgan Carroll's tenure as a state senator and her career as a lawyer. Carroll, a Democrat, is challenging Coffman in the 6th Congressional District.
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Nevada Supreme court hears case on investors’ acquisition of homes
A case that could affect the validity of thousands of Las Vegas foreclosure sales stemming from the real estate crisis that began nearly a decade ago was heard Thursday by the Nevada Supreme Court.
7 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Mortgage Law Property Foreclosure Appeal Supreme Court of the United States Supreme court United States
Advocates press case for legal recreational marijuana
Legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Nevada would create thousands of jobs, reduce black market sales and generate millions of tax dollars for ...
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Convicted Brown’s Chicken murderer seeks hearing
A man sentenced to life in prison for killing seven people in the infamous Brown’s Chicken massacre in Palatine is seeking an evidentiary hearing, arguing that his statements to detectives were coerced and that the woman who implicated him and his high school friend talked to police only because she wanted to snare the $100,000 […]
3 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Murder Life imprisonment Crime Law Police Testimony Trial Juan Luna
Gov. Hogan names appointments to Baltimore's District Court
Gov. Larry Hogan's office on Thursday announced three judicial appointments to the District Court in Baltimore. Hogan named Katie O'Hara, Michael Studdard, and Nicole Taylor after reviewing nominees from the judicial nominating commission for Baltimore, according to a statement from the governor's...
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Drug suspect must pay $175 to get back $171 seized by police
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A man who was arrested on drug charges with $171 in his pocket has been told he'll have to pay a $175 filing fee to try to get the money back.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Civil liberties Criminal law Lawyer Prosecutor Jury trial Judge Jury Law
Gov. Jerry Brown signs sweeping climate laws with big changes for California's future
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders embarked on a new era in California’s effort to combat climate change Thursday when the governor signed a law committing the state to some of the most drastic greenhouse gas emission reductions in the world. “What we’re doing here is far-sighted, as well...
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The Latest: Teachers union defends use of dues
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Latest on a Pennsylvania court ruling in a case involving the use of teacher union dues to promote the candidacy of Gov. Tom Wolf. (all times local): 2:50 p.m. A Pennsylvania teachers union says members' dues aren't being "contributed to political candidates or spent on ...
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