Report Finds Waning Support for Death Penalty

Declining public support for the death penalty and reduced rates of executions indicate there is a “climate change” involving capital punishment, which could lead to an abolition of the practice in the United States, the director of the Death Penalty Information Center said in an interview, touting the release Friday of his group’s annual year-end report.

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Ninth Circuit Curbs Nationwide Injunction on Contraception Rules

A divided Ninth Circuit on Thursday partly lifted a nationwide injunction barring enforcement of the Trump administration’s interim rules expanding employer exemptions for contraception coverage on religious and moral grounds, limiting it to just five states.

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Illinois Accused of Keeping Kids in Mental Hospitals Too Long

Illinois forces hundreds of children to remain locked up in psychiatric wards after they’ve been medically cleared for release, according to a federal class action, causing them immense mental harm and costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

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Reality TV Family’s Privacy Case Lands in Eighth Circuit

Lawyers for three Arkansas sheriff’s deputies accused of privacy violations over the release of records about sex abuse claims against “19 Kids and Counting” reality TV star Josh Duggar argued Wednesday before the Eighth Circuit that they are entitled to qualified immunity.

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Angling for Circuit Split, Feds Defend DACA Rollback

The Trump administration prevailed this year in only one of the many lawsuits it faced for trying to end a deportation-deferral program for qualifying young immigrants. Fighting to keep that win, attorneys for the government argued Tuesday at the Fourth Circuit that the decision to end DACA is not judicially reviewable.

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