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Three officials in Michigan face criminal charges in Flint water crisis

Flint administration chargedTwo state regulators and a Flint employee were charged Wednesday with evidence tampering and other felonies and misdemeanors, for the first time raising the lead-tainted water crisis in the Michigan city to a criminal case.

Months after officials conceded that a series of bad decisions had caused a disaster, charges were filed against a pair of state Department of Environmental Quality employees and a local water treatment supervisor and stem from an investigation by the Michigan attorney general’s office.


Judge approves deal between Ferguson, Justice Department

Deal between Ferguson and DOJ

A federal judge approved an agreement Tuesday between the city of Ferguson and the U.S. Justice Department that calls for sweeping changes in Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry issued her ruling after a public hearing of several hours in St. Louis, where more than two dozen people spoke, and many others had submitted written comments. Perry said the settlement is a "reasonable resolution" that avoids years of an extensive court battle.


No Jail Time for Ex-NYPD Officer Peter Liang

Peter Liang gets no jail time

A former New York City police officer won't face any jail time after a judge reduced his manslaughter conviction to criminally negligent homicide today.

A jury convicted Peter Liang of second-degree manslaughter in February for the shooting death of Akai Gurley. The police department fired Liang shortly after the verdict.

Liang was 28 years old and 18 months out of the police academy when he was patrolling a public housing project in Brooklyn, New York, in November 2014. He fired once and the bullet ricocheted, killing Gurley, who was also in the stairwell.



Court Kills Virginia School’s Trans Bathroom Rule

Va. bathroom lawA policy barring a transgender student from using the boys’ restrooms at his Virginia high school is discriminatory, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

In a case closely watched by public schools and transgender-rights activists across the country, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the Gloucester County School Board’s policy. A federal judge had previously rejected Gloucester High School student Gavin Grimm’s sex discrimination claim.


U.S. judge dismisses proposed class action over tainted Flint water

Judge dismisses Flint water class action suit

A federal judge in Michigan on Tuesday dismissed one of several proposed class actions by residents of Flint against Governor Rick Snyder and other state and local officials over contamination of the city's water supply.

The lawsuit's claims are addressed by federal regulations for safe drinking water, and the plaintiffs can seek relief under state law, U.S. District Judge John Corbett O'Meara ruled.


Court weighs law aimed at domestic violence on tribal lands

tribal landsThe Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to uphold a federal law aimed at people who have been convicted of repeated acts of domestic violence on Indian lands.

The case argued at the high court Tuesday tests whether the law and its stiff prison terms can be used against defendants who did not have lawyers in earlier domestic violence convictions in tribal courts.


Brooklyn businessman accused of bribing NYPD officials for handgun permits

NYPDA Brooklyn man who offered to expedite gun permits with the NYPD was arrested and three officers in the license division were re-assigned Monday as part of far reaching probe into the department.

Shaya "Alex" Lichtenstein was arrested Saturday and was facing arraignment Monday, multiple sources said.

Lichtenstein, from Borough Park, would charge members of the Orthodox community between $5,000 and $25,000 to expedite their gun permit requests, according to sources.


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