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Freddie Gray death: Baltimore cop Caesar Goodson acquitted of second-degree murder

Freddie Gray cop acquittedBaltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, was found not guilty of second-degree murder Thursday for his role in the 2015 case that sparked violent protests nationwide.

Goodson, who drove the transport van following Gray's arrest on April 12, 2015, was acquitted of the most serious charge against him.

Judge Barry Williams ruled on seven counts: Second-degree depraved-heart murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, vehicular manslaughter (two counts), reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Goodson pleaded not guilty on all charges. The verdict on the other charges was not immediately available.

Update: Goodson has been acquitted on all charges.

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Supreme Court deadlocks, thwarting Obama’s immigration actions

Supreme Court deadlocks on immigrationThe Supreme Court has thwarted President Barack Obama’s drive to expand his executive actions on immigration by making as many as five million immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally eligible for quasi-legal status and work permits.

By dividing 4-4, the justices left in place a lower court order forbidding the president from launching a new program to grant “deferred action” status to illegal immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or green card holders.

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Supreme Court upholds college affirmative action program

Supreme Court upholds affirmative actionThe Supreme Court today voted to uphold a component of the University of Texas’ admissions policy that takes race into account.

In a 5-3 vote, the justices upheld the judgment of the court of appeals, which had ruled in favor of the state’s using race in admissions.

This case is the second trip to the Supreme Court for Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was denied admission to the University of Texas and then filed a lawsuit challenging the university’s use of race in admissions.

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20 arrested at die-in outside NRA headquarters

die-in arrestssAbout 20 protesters were arrested Tuesday morning after an all-night vigil outside the National Rifle Association's Virginia headquarters.

The arrests came after an overnight demonstration attended by about 100 people outside the Fairfax, Va., headquarters of the NRA. The group said they were there in mourning for the Orlando, Fla., shooting victims.

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Federal Judge Refuses To Block Mississippi Anti-LGBT Law

Federal Court upholds anti LGBT lawThe American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi said the measure, set to take effect on July 1, unconstitutionally discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The ACLU is suing on behalf of state residents Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, a gay couple engaged to be married within the next three years, arguing the law violates their 14th Amendment rights. The ACLU is also suing on behalf of at least one of its members, who plans to marry a same-sex partner next year, the order said.

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Anton Yelchin: Jeep that killed Star Trek actor was recalled for rollaway risk

Anton YelchinThe SUV that rolled down a driveway and killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly, government records show.

Yelchin, 27, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted series, died on Sunday after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a mailbox pillar and security fence at his home, Los Angeles police said.

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Sotomayor issues blistering opposition to evidence obtained in unlawful stops

Justice SotomayorJustice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent on Monday as the US supreme court ruled that evidence of a crime could be used even though police illegally stopped the defendant when obtaining it.

The court’s opinion came in a case in which a detective illegally stopped Edward Strieff as he walked out of a house in South Salt Lake, Utah. Police had received an anonymous tip that the house he walked out of contained “drug activity”, but did not have a particular reason to suspect Strieff. A name check revealed an outstanding “small traffic warrant” for Strieff, and police arrested and searched him on that basis. He was found to be carrying methamphetamine.

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