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Supreme Court curbs seizure of criminals’ assets

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/21/19, 11:32 am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the ban found in the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution on excessive fines applies to states as well as the federal government. The ruling has widespread implications for the practice of civil asset forfeiture, in which police sometimes seize thousands of dollars of property from criminal suspects.

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Supreme Court still weighing Louisiana abortion law

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/02/19, 03:01 pm

The Supreme Court on Friday extended a temporary hold on a Louisiana law that requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Justice Samuel Alito said in a brief order that the court needs more time to review the arguments for and against the law, which the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld in September. That decision broke with the precedent set by the Supreme Court in 2016 in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which declared a similar law in Texas unconstitutional.

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Stone pleads not guilty to Mueller’s charges

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/29/19, 01:06 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of making false statements, tampering with a witness, and obstructing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mueller’s office and the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., accuse Stone of lying to Congress about his communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange through intermediaries.

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