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Supreme Court lets Wisconsin voter ID law stand

Voter ID law stands in WisconsinThe Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a major challenge to Wisconsin's voter ID law, delivering a victory to Republicans who favor tougher election laws.

The decision is a setback for civil rights groups that contend the law could disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of residents who lack proper ID — particularly racial minorities, seniors, students and people with disabilities.


NRA accuses campus police chiefs of misusing tax dollars by opposing guns on campus

NRA wants guns on campusFlorida NRA leader Marion Hammer is accusing campus police chiefs from Florida's public universities of using tax dollars to lobby because they spoke in Tallahassee against a bill allowing guns on campuses.

Police chiefs from several Florida campuses appeared in legislative committee meetings in Tallahassee in uniform this week and opposed the bill during public comment periods. In a memo, Hammer asked NRA members to send emails to state officials objecting to what she called tax-funded lobbying.


Wisconsin federal judge strikes down state's abortion law

Wisconsin abortion law overturnedA Wisconsin federal judge struck down a state law requiring doctors performing abortions have hospital-admitting privileges, saying the measure was enacted to put a barrier between women and the procedure.

U.S. District Judge William Conley, who had earlier put the law on hold, issued a permanent injunction blocking the 2013 law he ruled unconstitutional.


California AG may be forced to place bill allowing execution of gays on ballot

gay execution law on ballotCalifornia State Attorney Kamala Harris may be forced to let petitioners decide if gay people should be executed for having sexual relations.

Because Matt McLaughlin, a licensed attorney in Huntington Beach, did everything right by state standards in proposing the “Sodomite Suppression Act,” Harris will likely follow state law and allow a ballot measure to be circulated.


WV Gov. Tomblin vetoes bill eliminating need for concealed carry permits

ear Ray TomblinGov. Earl Ray Tomblin has vetoed Senate Bill 347, creating the Firearms Act of 2015.  The bill would have allowed someone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Tomblin cited his concerns for the public safety of law enforcement officers.

“Throughout my career, I have strongly supported the Second Amendment, as demonstrated by my repeated endorsements and high grades from the National Rifle Association,” Tomblin said in a news release about his decision.


Exonerated Ohio man awarded $1 million after 39 years in prison

Ohio man enorated, paid $1mRicky Jackson, who spent some 39 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, was awarded more than $1 million by an Ohio court Thursday.

Jackson, 59, was the longest-serving prisoner to be exonerated in the United States. He was one of three men sentenced to death row after his 1975 murder conviction in the slaying of a Cleveland businessman. Prosecutors at the time relied heavily on the testimony of a 13-year-old boy for the conviction. Eddie Vernon waited nearly four decades to recant his accusations.

Jackson, who was not at the court hearing when the judge announced the award, told a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter he was thrilled.


Black man's body found hanging from a tree in Mississippi

Mississippi man found hanged

Federal, state and local authorities are investigating the hanging death of a black man in Mississippi who had been missing for more than two weeks, the FBI said Thursday.

The man, who authorities did not identify, was found in a wooded area in Claiborne County in western Mississippi, about half a mile from his home, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Pack in a statement.

The investigation involves the FBI, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney's office. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also involved.


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