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A man serving a life sentence for two murders and other crimes unsuccessfully argued Estonia violated his human rights by refusing to allow him to vote in elections for the European Parliament.

by Molly Quell

Rights groups say Indonesia is taking authoritarian steps after lawmakers passed a new criminal code penalizing consensual sex between unmarried people and criticism of the president.

by Lasse Sørensen

The story of a Sicilian town's fight to stop the Pentagon from installing massive antennas for its new MUOS global satellite communications system at a secluded military base is part of a decadeslong struggle by anti-U.S. and anti-war movements against America's military and political influence in Italy.

by Cain Burdeau

Twenty-two-year-old Anderson Aldrich stands accused of killing five and injuring more than a dozen at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs on Nov. 19.

by Amanda Pampuro

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A doctor who brought the case says he uncovered a billing scheme that defrauded Medicare, but the government has elected not to pursue his claims.

by Kelsey Reichmann

Courts

The ban, one of several bail conditions, is in effect until the Wisconsin woman’s criminal elder abuse case is resolved.

by Andy Monserud

The suit, which also names two private companies, alleges the Metropolitan Utilities District did not properly odorize its gas or install an excess flow valve leading to the home.

by Andrew J. Nelson

A veteran advocacy group claims Colorado's requirement for mail-in ballots to be signed results in thousands of legitimate votes not counting.

by Amanda Pampuro

The 2020 arrest of a 10-year-old Black girl who had drawn an offensive picture at school was a violation of her civil rights, the ACLU has said.

by Candace Cheung

The disgraced and disbarred lawyer will have to serve the sentence on top of the two others he received in New York.

by Edvard Pettersson

Around the Nation

A settlement agreement resolves claims made by the Justice Department that Alabama discriminated against substance-abusing Hepatitis C patients.

by Gabriel Tynes

Nearly half of the workforce at Tyson Foods' Amarillo plant caught Covid-19 because it initially ignored federal guidelines on containing the virus, several workers say.

by Cameron Langford

State election law creates unreasonable hurdles for independent candidates, according to attorneys for a central Illinois man who wasn’t allowed to run for Congress.

by Dave Byrnes

In a major case filed in the nation’s capital, civil rights groups say they've struggled to stay connected with clients in immigration lockup.

by Stephen Paulsen

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Rulings

by Daniel Conrad

The First Circuit upheld a federal court’s determination that meal delivery service couriers are not exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act because they are transportation workers engaged in interstate commerce.

A federal court in Georgia denied attempts by prison staff to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the widow of a white man who was stabbed to death by his Black cellmate in Muscogee County jail. The killer had expressed racial animus against white people and was in prison for stabbing a white store clerk, ostensibly in response to high-profile police killings of Black people in the summer of 2020; a jury could find that the prison staff could infer the cellmate posed a serious risk to white inmates.

A federal judge in Louisiana tossed a suit brought by 14 states challenging the constitutionality of the federal vaccine mandate for health care providers and suppliers on grounds it conflicts with the “anti-commandeering doctrine” by requiring their state-run hospitals to either fire their unvaccinated employees or to forgo all Medicaid and Medicare. The states’ claim that they will suffer increased enforcement costs from the vaccine mandate is “conclusory and entitled to no weight.”

An appeals court in Maryland allowed a mother to regain custody of her son after the mom served time in prison for murdering her husband, the father of their child. She had good behavior in prison, no prior incidents of violence before the murder and killed her husband following years of physical and sexual abuse, so her son is returned to her custody.

A federal judge in Indiana ruled that the state attorney general violated confidentiality laws when he spoke about his investigation into the doctor who gave a raped 10-year-old Ohio girl an abortion. The court made no factual determinations because the case has been referred to the medical licensing board.

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Hot Cases

by Courthouse News editors

Five women sued comedian Bill Cosby under the Adult Survivors Act, which opened up a one-year look-back window in New York for victims of sexual abuse to bring civil claims after the statute of limitations has elapsed.

The Indiana-based Bopp Law Firm sued outgoing Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn over $193,000 in unpaid legal fees for defense work in a case challenging Cawthorn’s eligibility to seek reelection.

Conspiracy theorist and Infowars host Alex Jones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, after being ordered to pay nearly $1.5 billion in damages for falsely claiming the Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax.

Journalists with the Central American outlet El Faro claim Israel-based NSO Group used its Pegasus surveillance software to hack their cellphones.

Tinder, one of dozens of dating apps owned by the Match Group, faces a federal class action from a user who says it collects facial-recognition data, and biometric information more broadly, in violation of New York privacy laws.

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