Georgia’s Exact Match Voter-ID Law Tossed by Federal Judge

Things are heating up in Georgia, and that’s odd for early November. Unless, of course, it’s an election year. Highlighting a recent string of national headlines, U.S. District Court Judge Eleanor Ross declared that Georgia’s current voting procedures unconstitutionally disenfranchises certain voters, and therefore the state must change current processes to make it easier for …

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Tennessee Must Stop Suspending Driver’s Licenses of People Who Can’t Pay

Tennessee took another step towards treating indigent people more humanely. There, a federal district judge ruled that the state can no longer revoke people’s driver licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic tickets. Potentially 291,000 people could be affected by this ruling, which comes as a sort of “exclamation point” to the ruling this …

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Homeless in Western States Can’t Be Prosecuted for Sleeping on Streets

Outlawing the criminalization of homelessness just got a little clearer in the Western United States. A Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is unconstitutional to prosecute someone for sleeping on public streets, at least for the most part. More on that later. Cruel and Unusual to Criminalize the Unavoidable Consequence of Being Homeless …

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JPMorgan Settles Discrimination Case With Black Financial Advisors

If you asked a layperson, they would probably guess that job opportunities for people of color have never been better, and that corporations are getting more racially diverse. But that’s not always the case, especially in the financial sector. Bloomberg reports that major banks have been losing more and more black workers every year, and …

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Circuit Court Again Rules NC Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered Its Congressional Map

In May 2017, the Supreme Court struck down congressional boundaries in North Carolina, finding they were drawn to pack more black voters into specific congressional districts. Eight months later, the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the state to again redraw its congressional map, ruling the effort to set the current boundaries was “motivated …

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Girl Can Use Cannabis Medicine at School, California Court Rules

Imagine watching your child have a tonic-clonic seizure for an hour, with no way to stop it, until an ambulance arrives and administers emergency medication. If you’re lucky enough not to be familiar with a tonic-clonic seizure, it’s when you slump over, potentially falling on the ground and injuring yourself, eyes rolled back, in the …

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Arizona Voting Laws Are Constitutional, Federal Court Rules

The Democratic National Committee is running out of time if it wants to strike down two Arizona voting laws it deems unfair before the upcoming November elections. The DNC filed suit against the State of Arizona in April 2016, challenging two voting laws. The first, a new law that makes collecting early ballots from voters …

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