Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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Religious liberty until death

Religious Liberty | Texas decision to ban chaplains from the execution chamber is constitutionally suspect
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/09/19, 04:44 pm

After the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution to a Buddhist prisoner in Texas, the state moved to restrict the religious exercise of all death row inmates. Chaplains can now watch executions from the viewing room, but they will no longer be allowed to accompany condemned prisoners to their deaths, the state announced last week.

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U.K. takes on social media content

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/08/19, 10:39 am

The United Kingdom on Monday unveiled a plan to fine social media executives or even ban companies for failing to block content such as terrorist propaganda or images of child abuse. The plan would create a statutory “duty of care” for sites like Facebook and Twitter to protect people who use the platforms. A levy on internet companies would fund a new independent regulatory body to enforce the law. The government will publish the draft legislation after three months of public comment.

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Missing boy hoax was not the suspect’s first

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/05/19, 12:47 pm

A man who falsely claimed to be an Illinois boy who disappeared six years ago was arrested in Cincinnati on Thursday. Brian Rini, 23, claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing in 2011 at the age of 6. Rini has falsely portrayed himself as a juvenile sex trafficking victim twice before, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court on Friday. The FBI declared Rini’s story a hoax on Thursday based on DNA testing a day after he told authorities in Newport, Ky., that he was Pitzen. The affidavit said there is enough evidence to charge Rini with lying to federal authorities.

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