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Colorado Abolishes Capital Punishment

Colorado became the 22nd state to abolish capital punishment when Governor Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 100 yesterday.

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SCOTUS: Race Must Be 'But For' Cause in Employment Discrimination Suits

In Comcast v. National Association of African-American Owned Media the Supreme Court held unanimously that a plaintiff who sues under 42 U.S.C. §1981 must plead and prove that race was the but-for cause of his or her injury.

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Barr, 'Five Eyes' Release Principles on Online Child Sexual Exploitation

The recommendations create a baseline framework for companies that provide online services to deter use of the Internet as a tool for sexually exploiting and abusing children.

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SCOTUS Hears First Abortion Case Since Kennedy's Departure

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in its first abortion case since Justice Anthony Kennedy left the bench and was replaced by Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The outcome of this case is likely to come down to Chief Justice John Roberts and Kavanaugh. 

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Supreme Court Removes D.C. Sniper Case From Docket

The Supreme Court was supposed to decide whether D.C. Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo could have his Virginia sentence of life in prison without parole reconsidered.

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Supreme Court Rules for Arizona in Death Penalty Mitigators Case

McKinney v. Arizona is an excellent illustration of the complexity and disagreement on the Supreme Court over the death penalty.

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DHS Releases Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Other Crimes

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first strategy to strengthen the United States’ role in combating human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation.

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The Supreme Court has stayed a nationwide injunction which disallowed the public charge rule from going into effect anywhere in the United States.

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SLLC Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Prisoner Litigation Case

The State and Local Legal Center’s (SLLC) Supreme Court amicus brief in Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez  argues that a dismissal without prejudice for failure to state a claim counts as a strike under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA).

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State Engagement With Local Justice: Interview With Alexander Holsinger

Though CJCCs are generally established at the local level, there are opportunities for state legislatures to encourage and support the work of these councils.

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