Covid-19 Restrictions

A district court prematurely determined the petition process used by House Republicans in their attempt to lift Covid-19 related restrictions was unconstitutional, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled. The case is remanded and the lower court instructed to rule on all non-constitutional arguments and reach the constitutional challenge “only if such a challenge is essential to resolution of the case.”

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Police Chase

A federal court in Louisiana dismissed a civil rights suit against New Orleans, its police department and four police officers who were involved in a high-speed chase that killed two minors when the car in which they were fleeing crashed into a beauty salon, setting it on fire and killing a woman inside. The officers violated policy by engaging in the pursuit and deactivating their body cameras, but the plaintiff failed to plausibly state a Fourth or 14th Amendment violation.

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District Attorneys

A Georgia law that allows a district attorney appointed by the governor to “serve beyond the remainder of the unexpired four-year term of the prior district attorney” violates the state Constitution, the state’s Supreme Court ruled. The decision means voters in Athens-Clarke and Oconee County will be able to vote for their district attorney in the Nov. 3 general election.

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House Unveils First-of-Its-Kind Plan to Deal With an Incapacitated President

Pulling one of the last arrows in a quiver carried by Democrats increasingly disarmed of late by President Donald Trump’s behavior since his Covid-19 diagnosis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced legislation triggering the first steps of reviewing a president’s fitness for office as provided by the Constitution’s 25th Amendment.

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Federal Judge Finds Pennsylvania’s Covid-19 Shutdown Orders Unconstitutional

Coronavirus-related policies implemented by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration, which required people to stay home, ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close, and placed limits on public gatherings are unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday.

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