Fifth Circuit Strikes Down Mississippi’s 6-Week Abortion Ban

The Fifth Circuit on Thursday once again blocked Mississippi’s persistent efforts to usher in some of the nation’s most sweeping abortion restrictions, striking down a controversial ban on abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected – around six weeks of pregnancy.

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Snapchat Threat

A Florida appeals court ruled against a defendant seeking to dismiss a charge of sending a written threat to kill or injure a child. The defendant sent a Snapchat photo to his North Marion High School classmate depicting a scoped AR-15 rifle with the caption, “Show and Tell @NM on Monday.” The picture was sent two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Beaten Over a Tomato

A man who was arrested and beaten by an off-duty police officer after a Walmart store’s loss prevention officer believed she saw him shoplifting a tomato may pursue his false imprisonment claim against the store, a Georgia appeals court ruled. The man had paid for his groceries, including the tomato, but believed he had been overcharged for the tomato and had gone back to the produce department to weigh it.

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Ex-S. Korea President Lee Sent Back to Jail Over Corruption

Nearly a year after he was bailed out of jail while facing corruption charges, former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was taken back into custody on Wednesday after an appeals court sentenced him to a lengthier prison term of 17 year over bribery, embezzlement and other convictions.

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Stadium Safety

A 12-year-old girl’s claim that she was seriously injured by a foul ball while watching a game at US Baseball’s national team trials is not precluded by the primary assumption of risk doctrine, an appeals court in California ruled. Recent steps taken to extend netting in baseball stadiums indicate that safety measures can be taken without fundamentally altering the nature of the game. 

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