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Nov 22, 2023

4th Circuit strikes down Maryland gun law

BALTIMORE — A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down Maryland’s handgun licensing law, finding that its requirements, which include submitting fingerprints for a background check and taking a four-hour firearms safety course, are unconstitutionally restrictive. In a 2-1 ruling, judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said they considered the […]

Nov 22, 2023

‘Sophisticated foreign cyberattack’ hobbles court system

MISSION, Kan. — Cybercriminals hacked into the Kansas court system, stole sensitive data and threatened to post it on the dark web in a ransomware attack that has hobbled access to records for more than five weeks, officials said Tuesday. The announcement of a “sophisticated foreign cyberattack” was confirmation of what computer security experts suspected […]

Nov 21, 2023

SCOTUS rejects Chauvin’s appeal in Floyd’s murder

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin ‘s appeal of his conviction for second-degree murder in the killing of George Floyd. The justices did not comment in leaving in place state court rulings affirming Chauvin’s conviction and 22½-year sentence. Chauvin’s lawyers argued that their client was denied a […]

Nov 21, 2023

Presidential pardon: Biden exercises traditional authority

WASHINGTON — Liberty and Bell can spread their wings without fear. The two Thanksgiving turkeys played their part Monday in an annual holiday tradition at the White House: A president spares them from becoming someone’s dinner. “I hereby pardon Liberty and Bell. Congratulations, birds,” Biden said after one of the national Thanksgiving turkeys was placed […]

Nov 20, 2023

Expiring law launched over 2,500 abuse suits

ALBANY, N.Y. — For a year, a special New York law has cleared the way for a wave of headline-grabbing lawsuits against famous men accused of sexual misconduct, including former President Donald Trump, hip hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs and comedian-actor Russell Brand. But when the Adult Survivors Act expires after Thanksgiving, it also will […]

Nov 20, 2023

Appeals court to hear arguments on Trump gag order

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court is hearing arguments today on whether to reinstate a gag order against former President Donald Trump in the federal case charging him with plotting to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Prosecutors with special counsel Jack Smith’s team will urge a three-judge panel of the Washington-based appeals […]

Nov 17, 2023

SCOTUS blocks drag show law during appeal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will not allow Florida to enforce its new law targeting drag shows, while a court case proceeds. The justices refused to narrow a lower-court order that has prohibited the law from being enforced statewide. Florida had asked the court to allow its anti-drag show law to […]

Nov 17, 2023

State will automatically seal old criminal records

ALBANY, N.Y. — New Yorkers who complete their sentences and stay out of trouble for a certain period of time will have their criminal records automatically sealed under a long-awaited bill signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday. New York now joins a slew of other states including California, New Jersey, and Michigan, […]

Nov 16, 2023

Chauvin makes new bid to overturn conviction in Floyd murder

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin is making another attempt to overturn his federal civil rights conviction in the 2020 murder of George Floyd, saying new evidence shows that he didn’t cause Floyd’s death. In a motion filed in federal court Monday, Chauvin said he never would have pleaded guilty to the charge […]

Nov 16, 2023

Hunter Biden wants Trump documents subpoenaed

WASHINGTON — Hunter Biden asked a judge on Wednesday to approve subpoenas for documents from Donald Trump and former Justice Department officials related to whether political pressure wrongly influenced the criminal case against him. Biden’s attorneys allege there were “certain instances that appear to suggest incessant, improper, and partisan pressure applied” by Trump to his [...]

Nov 15, 2023

Court strikes down ban of ‘thin blue line flag’

A federal court ruled Monday that a Pennsylvania community’s resolution prohibiting the display of an American flag with a thin blue line on all township property is unconstitutional. The dispute in Springfield Township, about 15 miles from Philadelphia, arose over the use of the black-and-white American flag, with one horizontal blue stripe. The township argued […]

Nov 15, 2023

Journalist could face contempt citation for protecting sources

WASHINGTON — In a case with potentially far-reaching press freedom implications, a federal judge in Washington is weighing whether to hold in contempt a veteran journalist who has refused to identify her sources for stories about a Chinese American scientist who was investigated by the FBI but never charged. The judge previously ordered former Fox […]

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