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Nobody thinks the justices should have people banging on their door at all hours of the night, but people congregating on the sidewalk during routine hours to be peaceably seen is kind of a big part of that First Amendment thing that another justice can't remember. The idea that an official within the Supreme Court system would reach out to other government officials to ask them to breach federalism principles to enforce a facially unconstitutional action in violation of multiple Court precedents simply because the Supreme Court thinks it should legitimately exist above the law is disturbing.
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Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization - SCOTUSblog

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Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization

Docket No.Op. BelowArgumentOpinionVoteAuthorTerm
19-13925th Cir. Dec 1, 2021Jun 24, 20226-3AlitoOT 2021

Holding: The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey are overruled; the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.

JudgmentReversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 24, 2022. Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh filed concurring opinions. Chief Justice Roberts filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan filed a dissenting opinion.

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By Janon Fisher

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Republican gubernatorial wannabe Andrew Giuliani claims he's being picked on by New York's local news station NY1, which barred him from its studios for the next candidates' debate because he is unvaccinated.

The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says that he should be allowed to debate his political rivals, Lee Zeldin, Harry Wilson and Rob Astorino, at either a neutral location or in the Chelsea studio of the cable news channel.


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"Mr. Giuliani accepted the invitation to the debate knowing the rules and parameters, which include the need to be vaccinated in order to appear live. He will be online, given the same visual space as others, and we are even sending a podium with our camera crew to ensure a similar look and feel for our viewers," Huff said.

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Maryland Apple store employees vote to unionize--WCVB.com 5 Boston

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Out of 110 workers who were eligible to vote, 65 voted yes and 33 voted no. The group named its union the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees, and it received assistance and support from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. 

In May, the group sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, informing him of the support from a "solid majority of (our) coworkers," adding that their team wants more rights to "information and collective bargaining."

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By Andy Rose, CNN

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Idaho police officers arrested 31 people Saturday who are believed to be affiliated with the White nationalist group Patriot Front, after they were seen gathering near a Pride parade in the city of Coeur d'Alene, authorities said.

"It is clear to us based on the gear that the individuals had with them, the stuff they had in their possession, the U-Haul with them along with paperwork that was seized from them, that they came to riot downtown," Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White said during a news conference.
The FBI is assisting local police in its investigation, according to FBI Public Affairs Specialist Sandra Yi Barker. Barker said Coeur d'Alene police are the lead law enforcement agency investigating the situation.
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The bills propose to require the exchange of information between state, local and federal authorities whenever a gun is used in a crime. The bill A.6716-A/S89-B would make threatening mass harm a crime and bill A.7926-A/S.4116-A would require New York's Criminal Justice Services to investigate whether microstamping-enabled pistols are technologically viable.

Further, the bill A.10428-A/S.9229-A  eradicates the grandfathering of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices that were lawfully possessed prior to the enactment of New York's Safe Act in 2013 or manufactured prior to 1994, prohibiting their possession entirely.  Another bill, A. 10504 / S. 9456, proposes to broaden the definition of  "firearm" to include "firearms that have been modified to be shot from an arm brace."

Bill A10503/S. 9458  would increase the minimum age limit to buy a semiautomatic rife from 18 to 21 and would require that an individual obtains a license prior to purchasing a semiautomatic rifle.

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Legislation that would make it easier for judges turning 70 to be recertified for duty has built up momentum at the tail end of the New York lawmakers' session, which wraps up Thursday.

The measure calls for retired Court of Appeals judges and supreme court justices who otherwise meet statutory criteria for certification automatic, rather than discretionary.

Its prior version was vetoed by Gov. Kathy Hochul in January, upon Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks' opposition "in the strongest possible terms."


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Sarah TaddeoChris McKennaDavid McKay Wilson

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New York's final congressional and Senate redistricting maps were released in Saturday's early hours, bringing the controversial process to a close and throwing the Democrats' bid for widespread congressional wins into uncertainty. 

The process in New York and other states has been under a microscope as Democrats seek to maintain their razor-thin margin in the U.S. House in a year when Republicans are expected to win big across the country. 

New York's Court of Appeals struck down New York's Legislature-drawn maps last month, saying they amounted to a partisan gerrymander in favor of Democrats, and that lawmakers didn't follow a predetermined independent redistricting process that voters greenlit in 2014.


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Proposed New York maps create House battleground | The Hill

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BY REID WILSON 

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A special master tasked with redrawing New York's congressional district lines released a proposed draft Monday that would make the Empire State an epicenter for the national fight to control the U.S. House of Representatives. The proposal, offered by Carnegie Mellon political scientist Jonathan Cervas, would create 15 districts that favor Democratic candidates and five that favor Republicans, according to data posted on the nonpartisan Dave's Redistricting App.

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Cervas's proposal is not yet final, and New Yorkers have until Wednesday to offer comment on his draft. The special master faces a Friday deadline to turn in his work; New York's congressional primaries are scheduled for Aug. 23.

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Plunge in crypto values boosts calls for regulations | The Hill

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BY SYLVAN LANE

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A plunge in cryptocurrency values and the collapse of popular tokens are stoking panic among some investors and boosting pressure on Washington to act. 

Rising interest rates and recession risks have caused sharp sell-offs across financial markets, including the stock market. Many crypto investors have seen their holdings evaporate -- along with major players in the burgeoning digital asset space.

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Cryptocurrencies and the platforms used to exchange and hold them often straddle the gaps between different rules and regulators at both the federal and state levels. Lawmakers in both parties generally agree on the need for adjusting current financial regulations to better fit the unique ways crypto blurs traditional lines between securities, commodities and currencies.

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Repro Legal Helpline

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The Repro Legal Helpline is a free, confidential helpline where you can get legal information or advice about self-managed abortion, young people's access to abortion or judicial bypass, and referrals to local resources.

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If you have been arrested, questioned by the police, or charged with a crime for your abortion, we may also be able to help you by finding you a lawyer in your state, or working with your lawyer to help with your defense.

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Many of the country's major retailers -- Target, Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's and Publix supermarkets -- now employ former police officers and sheriff's deputies who go to such lengths as secretly tailing people whom they believe are part of a shoplifting enterprise, according to a NBC News review of more than 50 organized retail theft prosecutions over the last 10 years. 

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By JOSH GERSTEIN and ALEXANDER WARD

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The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wadedecision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO.

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by Conor Wight

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Carrier previously held the naming rights for 42 years - paying $2.5 million in an agreement with the university in 1979, one of the first of its kind.

Syracuse University has spent years trying to renegotiate the "in perpetuity" part of the deal, which in legal terms means "forever." While the naming deal was unique at the time, they are commonplace now, and can cost tens of millions of dollars.

SU and Carrier now have a settlement over the naming rights, and the Carrier name will be dropped and replaced with JMA Wireless, according to reporting from Eben Nov-Williams at Sportico, which has not been confirmed by SU.

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By Special to Syracuse.com | Kathleen M. Dougherty

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Kathleen M. Dougherty is the executive director of the Onondaga County Bar Association Assigned Counsel Program.

Open Letter to Sens John Mannion and Rachel May; and Assembly members Will Barclay, John Lemondes, Pam Hunter, Bill Magnarelli and Al Stirpe:

It was with great disappointment that I learned that Gov. Kathy Hochul's final state budget did not include any amendments to county law article 18-b or the Family Court Act regarding compensation for assigned counsel and attorneys for the child (AFCs). Nor did the budget include any funding for an increase in the hourly rates. Almost as upsetting, there seems to be no clear reason given for the failure to include the increase, especially in light of the fact that it was in both the Senate and Assembly one-house budgets.

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Cannabis Workforce Development | Department of Labor

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The New York State Department of Labor is launching a new Cannabis Workforce Site: https://dol.ny.gov/cannabis-workforce-development. This is a one-stop shop for resources and tools for individuals interested in working and building relevant professional skills in the New York Cannabis Industry. The website will be updated as new opportunities become available.

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The New York State Department of Labor's Cannabis Workforce Development Unit is designed to assist both job seekers and businesses who work in the adult-use, medical cannabis, and cannabinoid hemp industries. We connect workers to a variety of employment opportunities in this emerging field. We also support businesses so they may thrive in the New York economy. Explore how we can help New Yorkers work in this exciting industry.

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But interviews with participants and witnesses at the demonstration, as well as multiple videos, reveal that this account distorts reality. The students made their point at the very start of the event and walked out before the conversation began. Their exercise in free speech, however rowdy or distasteful, did not prevent the panelists from expressing their views. And their demonstration did not--contrary to the Free Beacon's reporting--require administrators to summon the police.

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The US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Tuesday that Major League Baseball (MLB) violated Arizona and Florida state minimum wage laws when not paying minor leaguers during spring training, instructional leagues, or extended spring training. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero found that the MLB is liable for $1,882,650 in penalties to plaintiffs. 

The suit originally was filed by first baseman/outfielder Aaron Senne, a 10th-round pick of the Florida Marlins in 2009 who retired in 2013, and two other retired players who had been lower-round selections: Kansas City infielder Michael Liberto and San Francisco pitcher Oliver Odle. Through their attorney, Senne, Liberto, and Odle argued that the MLB violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a workweek they estimated to be 50 to 60 hours. 


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Slate senior writer Mark Joseph Stern tweeted Thursday that U.S. Court of Appeals Senior Judge Laurence Silberman of the D.C. Circuit had sent an email to the listservs for all Article III judges in the U.S., which read: "The latest events at Yale Law School in which students attempted to shout down speakers participating in a panel discussion on free speech prompts me to suggest that students who are identified as those willing to disrupt any such panel discussion should be noted. All federal judges--and all federal judges are presumably committed to free speech--should carefully consider whether any student so identified should be disqualified for potential clerkships."

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Silberman was referring to protesters at a March 10 Federalist Society event that hosted Waggoner, who is general counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group.

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Can New York's Tangled Court System Be Fixed? - Law360

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By Marco Poggio

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Last week, Judge DiFiore brought attention back to her proposal, which would fold the state's Court of Claims, County Court, Family Court and Surrogate Court into the Supreme Court, the state's court of general jurisdiction. A single Municipal Court would bring together city and district courts of lower jurisdiction. Town and village courts, known collectively as Justice Courts, would remain untouched.

"While unintentional, the state's obsolete trial court structure has created barriers to justice that disparately impact our most vulnerable New Yorkers," Judge DiFiore said in her speech. "We must modernize our outdated trial court structure in remedying these inequities and transforming our court system into a model of efficiency."

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