Court Costs

An appeals court in Michigan upheld the constitutionality of a state law that allows trial courts to impose fees on convicted defendants that help pay for the costs of running the courts. A defendant argued the statute prevents judges from being impartial but he did not prove that the law causes judges to ignore their constitutional mandates or that the law “creates a funding system for the trial courts.”

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Voice of America

A federal court in Washington temporarily enjoined Agency for Global Media chief executive Michael Pack from influencing personnel actions against journalists or editors at Voice of America. Pack, who is accused in the lawsuit of interfering with coverage that doesn’t align with the political interests of President Donald Trump, is also enjoined from attempting to influence content and investigating “purported breaches of journalistic ethics.”

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Prosecutors Warn of Politicization in Justice Department

Reigniting calls for Attorney General William Barr’s impeachment, two Justice Department attorneys told a House panel Wednesday politics have infested some of the agency’s highest-profile actions, including the prosecution of Roger Stone.

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Sexual Assault Prosecutions

A federal judge in Texas dismissed a class action brought by eight sexual assault victims against Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore and other county and City of Austin defendants. The women had claimed the defendants systematically refused to “appropriately investigate and prosecute sex crimes against women” based on biases about women. 

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