Wisconsin Justices Hear Case of Man Who Killed Relative in Search of Child Porn Proof

The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard debate over self-defense and use of force by homeowners and trespassers Tuesday in a case where an armed man killed his unarmed brother-in-law after being caught in his home in the middle of the night searching for evidence of child pornography.

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International Court

Three law faculty and a human rights lawyer filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Friday, claiming that the government’s sanctions against the Office of the Prosecutor in the International Criminal Court prevents the plaintiffs from providing legal services to victims of atrocity crimes.

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Common Law Marriage

The Colorado Supreme Court refined a test for proving common law marriage, holding that the core question is whether a couple intended to “share a life together as spouses in a committed, intimate relationship of mutual support and obligation.” The court wrote that the “gender-differentiated terms and heteronormative assumptions” excluded same-sex couples and many of the traditional features of marriage included in the previous test “are no longer exclusive to marital relationships.”

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Church Asks Ninth Circuit to Lift California’s Ban on Indoor Worship

A Ninth Circuit judge expressed concern Monday that California’s effort to curb Covid-19 transmission by banning all indoor religious gatherings could extend into the summer months or beyond if the pandemic worsens, further restricting people’s constitutional right to practice their religion.

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