Texas Judge Hears Fight Over Limits on Pretrial Releases

In a case fraught with separation-of-power issues unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the American Civil Liberties Union urged a Texas judge Friday to block an executive order from Governor Greg Abbott meant to keep people charged with or convicted of violent crimes behind bars.

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CIA Contractor Defends Torture in Interrogations

An architect of the brutal CIA interrogation and detention program developed after the Sept. 11 attacks defended the agency and its practices on Tuesday as those techniques become the focus of an effort to dismiss key evidence against five men charged in the terrorist plot.

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ACLU Challenges Tennessee City’s Swift Ban on Surgical Abortion

Two days after an abortion clinic opened its doors March 1 in Mount Juliet, a small city near Nashville, the city’s commission held a first reading of an amendment to its zoning ordinances that placed strong restrictions on where surgical abortions could be performed in the city.

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