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Lorraine Bailey

Lorraine Bailey

Latest Articles by Lorraine Bailey

Police shooting

OXFORD, Miss. -- A federal judge rejected a police officer’s proposed jury instruction for an upcoming civil rights trial, finding that the cop’s recommendations “all but instruct the jurors to rule in his favor.” While the officer did not fire the fatal shot that killed an innocent civilian, he fired the first shot – at a dog – which set in motion a chain reaction that led to a man’s death. Jurors must decide whether the officer is liable for his actions.

Contempt of court

CHICAGO – The Seventh Circuit ordered the U.S. Marshals Service to take two corporate officials of a Wisconsin salon into custody for repeatedly refusing to comply with an order issued by the National Labor Relations Board. The Board found that the salon violated the law by firing an employee for raising concerns about the adequacy of the company’s Covid-19 safety protocols.

LGBTQ children's books

FORT SMITH, Ark. – A federal judge refused to dismiss a First Amendment suit challenging the constitutionality of a county library’s decision to remove all books with LGBTQ themes from the children’s section and place them in the adult’s section with a prominent color label. Even though children may still check out books from the adult’s section, library users may still be able to show the policy is a burden to their access to these books.