Kids’ Climate Change Suit Against US Headed to Trial

Two dozen kids who claim the federal government knowingly created climate change have cleared the final barrier to trial: the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to intervene, calling the government’s request for a stay of the trial “premature.”

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Cruelty in LA Jails

The Ninth Circuit on Monday vacated partial summary judgment for L.A. County and its former Sheriff Lee Baca, and reversed and remanded denial of a new trial in favor of pretrial detainee Lecia Shorter, who alleged inadequate medical care, unconstitutional conditions of confinement, humiliating and invasive strip searches, “and that jail officials routinely left noncompliant detainees naked and chained to their cell doors, for hours at a time without access to food, water, or a toilet.”

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Constitution

Riverside County, Calif., and its Probation Department unconstitutionally discriminate against children of color through an “astonishingly punitive and ineffective law enforcement program” called the Youth Accountability Team, “treating them like criminals” for “normal, childish behavior” such as being “defiant” or “easily persuaded by peers,” the ACLU claims in a federal class action.

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White Ex-Mayor Can Challenge Race-Based California Districts

Imagine this: The white ex-mayor of a wealthy city in Southern California, which is just 1.4 percent black, complains that he was placed in a racially gerrymandered district when the city went from at-large to district voting for City Council. You need not imagine it: the Ninth Circuit reversed dismissal and remanded the case this week.

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