The Michigan Court of Appeals has decided that the parents of the Oxford High School shooter, who killed four classmates and injured others before pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree murder, can be prosecuted with involuntary manslaughter charges after they had knowledge of their son's mental instability and gifted him a gun that was later used in the shooting.
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Seven Ohio sheriff's deputies are suing rapper Afroman, claiming he caused them "embarrassment, ridicule, emotional distress, humiliation, and loss of reputation" after the arrest of him on drug possession, trafficking and kidnap charges, which came up empty, by using footage of them raiding his house in his music videos and merchandise without permission, subjecting them to "undue ridicule".
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The Supreme Court will be considering 119 petitions and applications at its upcoming conference, including two cases involving Article III standing and hotels, and a death penalty case challenging Alabama's lethal injection process.
The Idaho Supreme Court has suppressed evidence gathered from a police search of a vehicle because Nero, a drug-sniffing police dog, "trespassed" by "intermeddling" with the vehicle, preventing the police from conducting a warrantless "search."
The domestic violence charges against Justin Roiland, co-creator of "Rick and Morty," have been dismissed due to insufficient evidence, but allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate messages to fans were reported.
Former US President Donald Trump's appeal to nix Judge Beryl Howell's request for Evan Corcoran to testify to the grand jury and hand over client communications has been denied by the DC Circuit court.
A man wanted by the FBI for fraud allegedly threatened to jump from a 31st-floor high-rise apartment building in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, prompting a high-rise standoff that lasted well through the afternoon.
Young people are stealing certain Kia and Hyundai models manufactured between 2010 and 2021, with some of the thefts sparked by a viral video challenge on TikTok, leading officials to blame car manufacturers and TikTok for not doing enough to prevent these thefts.
Georgia attorney William McCall Calhoun has been found guilty on multiple charges for his role in the January 6th U.S. Capitol riot, including felony obstruction of an official proceeding and misdemeanor charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
Lyft driver Ella Goodie's disappearance case has been turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office for review as she was last seen on March 9th and police have determined it to likely be a homicide, with Brandon Francisco identified as a person of interest in the case, who is already serving 30 years in prison for an unrelated attempted second-degree murder charge.
Items from the Murdaugh family hunting lodge, where a mother and son were murdered earlier this year, are up for auction, with items including animal heads and skulls and monogrammed pillows available for purchase.
Idaho is set to begin executing inmates by firing squad in cases where the state is unable to obtain lethal injection drugs as the increase in the number of pharmacies refusing to sell such drugs has caused several states to pivot to alternate methods of killing death-row inmates; Idaho would join four other US states, allowing exections by firing squad.
The article examines the legal history of regulations and prohibitions on particular types of arms in America before 1900, including firearms, knives, swords, blunt weapons, and others, with the goal of providing resources for lower courts to review modern gun control laws in part by analogy to historic laws before 1900, and it concludes that prohibitions on semiautomatic rifles and magazines lack foundation in American legal history.
New York City public defender groups are requesting a $425 million funding increase from the city council due to a staffing crisis and concerns over how the decline in staffing will affect the quality of legal representation given to clients.
The Colorado lawmakers passed legislation that would reduce the prison sentences of incarcerated individuals who take part in higher education, resulting in reduced recidivism rates and better career prospects, with a six-month deduction for earning a certificate, a year for completion of an associate or bachelor’s degree, 18 months for earning a master’s degree and two years off a sentence for completion of a doctorate.
Donald Trump's legal team in Georgia has crafted a motion to quash the report on election interference compiled by the Fulton County special purpose grand under the aegis of District Attorney Fani Willis, arguing that the Georgia special purpose grand jury statute is somehow defective, and it may succeed in gumming up the works as DA Willis seeks to issue indictments in the case.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg tells his staff, in an email, that their security is his top priority following the social media call by former President Donald Trump to his supporters to protest his expected indictment.
The article briefly covers several legal stories including the interpretation of "True Threats" in the Constitution, criticism of the Supreme Court's reading of the "adequate and state ground doctrine", suspicions about Clarence Thomas' involvement in changing the 2nd Amendment, the lengthy process of charging Donald Trump, and a Virginia judge's knowledge on the law related to embryos and slave law.
The article discusses the possibility of OpenAI being sued for libel as recent stories have alleged that their Large Language Models yield false and defamatory statements, and the assistant notes some questionable and spurious quotes produced by ChatGPT-4 in response to their questions.
The latest edition of Short Circuit, a weekly feature by the Institute for Justice, covers various cases such as a Cambodian refugee's claim against ICE, Massachusetts herring ships challenging regulations on industry-funded monitoring, and a lawsuit against the Fort Bend middle school.
The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova, his Commissioner for Children's Rights, for the crimes of unlawful deportation and unlawful transfer of Ukrainian children from occupied areas of Ukraine to Russia, which is unlikely to lead to their trial and conviction but may help prosecute other Russian officials or maintain opposition to Putin's regime.
The New York state Appellate Division has revised a bar admission question that required applicants to reveal all prior encounters with law enforcement due to the disproportionate rates of policing and prosecution experienced in communities of color, a move which while it represents some progress still leaves room for improvement towards promoting equity and fairness in the character and fitness interview process, the New York State Bar Association said.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has pleaded guilty to tax evasion, admitting to hiding tens of thousands of dollars with his ex-wife, and has been sentenced to 13 more months in prison, to run concurrently with his current sentence.
Ridon Kola has been arrested for making threatening interstate communications, showing support for radical Islamic extremism and terrorist attacks, and directing threats at Yonkers law enforcement personnel and the Mayor over social media.
The term "undue hardship" in Title VII is rarely used in "ordinary" American English, instead it is a legal term, and the relevant context is from a series of ten adjudications by the EEOC from 1969-1971, which developed the meaning of the term in the specific context of employees needing a religious accommodation at work.
US Postal Service is being sued for not permitting postal police officers to safeguard carriers on delivery routes, allegedly paying them less than other law enforcement personnel, and limiting postal police authority beyond USPS facilities, according to a lawsuit filed by the Postal Police Officers Association (PPOA).
The Scottish government has proposed five bills aimed at fighting "misogynistic behavior," which includes a ban on men watching porn in public places, shouting sexually abusive language towards women on the street, making inflammatory remarks about women online, and having loud and graphic sexual conversations about women in a public place, with violators facing up to seven years in prison.
The New York Court of Appeals has declined to discard the rule that precludes the admission of prior violent acts of victims in cases of justification unless the defendant was aware of the specific acts at the time of the assault, ruling against the request of the defendant, who had sought to introduce evidence of specific violent conduct underlying the victim's prior youthful offender adjudications to prove that the victim was the initial aggressor.
The article discusses several instances where individuals, including a judge and Elon Musk, faced criticism for their actions and remarks, including a potential liability for Musk and the lack of charges against Donald Trump for the Capitol riot in 2023.
More than 20 South Carolina lawmakers are proposing a bill that states personhood begins at conception, which would amend the state code to state that the term person “includes an unborn child at every stage of development”, meaning women who get abortions could be charged with homicide, and injured fetuses could incur charges of assault or murder.
Australia aims to become the world's most cyber-secure country by 2030, and has released a discussion paper to enhance regulation across the board for businesses and governments when it comes to cybersecurity, including plans to expand the definition of critical infrastructure assets to include customer data and systems, which would give the Australian Signals Directorate the ability to "step in" as a last resort in some emergency situations, but its expansion has been met with resistance due to fears that it may hamper recovery efforts.
The Alabama Department of Corrections has announced a competitive pay increase for Alabama correctional officers in an attempt to address a rough year in Alabama jails and prisons that has led to high death rates and a high-profile lawsuit against Alabama jail officers.
Donald Trump's lawyer Joseph Tacopina criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's investigation into the 2016 hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, suggesting that Bragg is using the law to pursue his agenda of bringing down the former president, while also insisting that his client is not guilty of falsifying business records or breaking campaign finance laws.
The article highlights various legal news snippets such as Joe Biden planning to issue an Executive Order on gun background checks, the North Carolina Supreme Court reconsidering partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court considering protection against anti-trans discrimination, and Michael Cohen presenting himself to a New York grand jury.
The article discusses how the HBO series The Last of Us, based on a popular video game, cuts across standard left-right lines by featuring extreme skepticism of government and not favorably portraying either left-wing or right-wing alternatives, but instead emphasizing personal relationships and love.
The Biden Administration, which recently pardoned low-level federal marijuana offenders, is defending the loss of Second Amendment rights for marijuana users, which is considered unconstitutional by some as it disproportionately affects low-level offenses and is an open-ended license to deprive people of their Second Amendment rights.
Orange County, North Carolina is creating a community care and response team with a $1.2 million grant to divert mentally ill people from incarceration through assessments, treatment, and compliance with assistance from four social workers for police departments throughout the county until September 2025.
Texas Senator Joan Huffman's proposed Senate Bill 23 would require a 10-year prison sentence for people who use a gun during the commission of a felony, which is causing concern from both criminal justice reform advocates and Second Amendment groups.
Lawyers are getting paid for a significant $1.20 deal, Barney Frank is blaming crypto for the now-collapsed Signature Bank despite supporting Trump administration efforts to relax banking regulations, and lawyers in rural states are being overworked due to a drought of lawyers.
The House of Representatives Recording Studio’s rules were broken during the recent multiday battle over the next speaker of the House, allowing media outlets to capture members negotiating, debating, and losing their cool, and C-SPAN has asked for this to continue going forward; in other news, a man, Kary Jarvis, who spent over a year behind bars after two Daytona Beach police officers were injured during a traffic stop and multiple felony charges were brought against him, was later found to have been unlawfully detained, causing prosecutors to drop all charges against him, and he is now suing the police department.
Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is suing the FBI for $50 million, claiming malicious prosecution, despite the fact that his case is wholly time-barred as he filed an administrative claim more than four years after he originally pled guilty in 2017, and no action was taken on Flynn's administrative claim by the Justice Department.
A new report from the American Bar Association states that the widespread use of plea bargaining in the US criminal justice system can distort justice and disadvantage defendants, with punishment increased when defendants do not plead guilty, and the erosion of the systems of accountability through trial and pretrial litigation.
The latest edition of Short Circuit covers a variety of topics, including a ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court that airplane seats, despite being small, are not dangerously small, a lawsuit filed by a Texas man alleging Section 2 Voting Rights Act violations who was ridiculed for not being a person of color, and the wrongful incarceration and subsequent $100+ million settlement of two men in North Carolina.
A shooting at a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Hamburg, Germany, has resulted in six deaths and eight injuries, carried out by an ex-member of the congregation that police had previously visited after an anonymous tip warned he might be dangerous.
The article is a summary of the plot and themes of the upcoming movie "Glass Onion," which is a sequel to the 2019 film "Knives Out," and is described as a modern take on an Agatha Christie-style detective story that features exaggerated caricatures of tech billionaires and a plot that unfolds amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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