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Supreme Court to hear partisan gerrymandering case

Supreme Court to hear gerymandering caseThe Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from Wisconsin that could clarify whether redistricting plans can be unconstitutional because they're too partisan.

Last November, a three-judge panel ruled, 2-1, that the Republican-drawn maps for Wisconsin's state assembly were impermissibly biased against Democrats.

The high court also signaled Monday that it may well split along partisan lines. The justices voted, 5-4, to stay a requirement that the state file a new redistricting plan by Nov. 1. All the Democratic appointees dissented.

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Activist behind Planned Parenthood videos may go to jail

Activist behind Planned Parenthood video may go to jailThe anti-abortion activist behind the videos accusing Planned Parenthood of selling “baby parts,” as he put it, could be going to prison. And now his criminal defense lawyers could join him.

Late last month, David Daleiden and his team of criminal attorneys allegedly flouted multiple injunctions and court-issued seals by posting more shocking videos of abortion providers and identifying 14 of the John/Jane Does participating in the state criminal complaint against him and his recording partner Sandra Merritt. Those names were previously under a court seal.

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Justice Department switches sides to favor management in Supreme Court case

Justice Dept. switches sides to fave management against workersThe DOJ said Friday that it will switch sides in a Supreme Court case, dropping its previous support for workers to throw its weight behind management.

The case, NLRB v. Murphy Oil, addresses whether an employment contract that requires the employee to waive his or her right to bring a class-action lawsuit against the employer violates the National Labor Relations Act.

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Hung Jury: Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Ends in Mistrial

Bill Cosby mistrialBill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended Saturday with a jury that was deadlocked on all counts, punctuating an epic scandal with a giant question mark.

After more than 50 hours of deliberation over six days, the jury of seven men and five women was unable to reach a verdict, and Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill declared a mistrial.

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Police officer who shot dead Philando Castile acquitted of all charges

Police officer acquitted in death of  Philandro CastileA Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter on Friday in the shooting death of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.

Jeronimo Yanez was also cleared of two lesser charges in the July 2016 traffic stop in a St Paul suburb. Jurors deliberated for about 29 hours over five days before reaching the verdict in the death of Castile, who was shot just seconds after informing Yanez that he was carrying a gun.

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Seattle Storm become first pro team to partner with Planned Parenthood

Seattle Storm os forst team tp [wrner with Planned ParenthoodThe Seattle Storm have become the first professional sports team to partner with and issue public support for Planned Parenthood.

The two-times WNBA champions on Thursday announced their inaugural Stand With Planned Parenthood night for 18 July, when the club host the Chicago Sky at Seattle’s KeyArena. The choice is perhaps no accident: it’s the team’s lone nationally televised home game of the season.

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Inmates fly mobile phones, drugs and porn into jail — via drone

Inmates use drones to trasnport drugsWhile large companies like Amazon test drone delivery systems, inmates in jails across the country are already using the devices to receive their own aerial shipments: smuggled contraband.

Documents obtained from the Justice Department by USA TODAY through a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered more than a dozen attempts to transport contraband — including mobile phones, drugs and porn — into federal prisons in the past five years. State facilities have also reported similar incidents.

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