Gun Shirts

A federal court in Wisconsin granted summary judgment to a middle school and high school sued by two students who claimed their rights are violated by the schools’ dress code prohibitions against clothing depicting firearms, finding that the “relatively minor restriction” of the students’ speech furthers important educational goals, including reducing student aggression. The students are still free to debate firearms, speak and write on the topic, and can wear shirts expressing their support for the Second Amendment in other ways.

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NYPD Resignation

The Second Circuit upheld the dismissal of a former NYPD officer’s due process claims alleging he was forced to resign without a meaningful hearing in the fallout of a corruption scandal in 2016, finding that the existence of a “post-deprivation Article 78 proceeding” satisfies the Due Process Clause. The plaintiff, James Grant, is a former commanding officer who was acquitted of charges of accepting bribes in exchange for providing access to police resources.

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Pilot’s License

The Coast Guard must administer to a professional mariner the written examination required to become a registered pilot under the Great Lakes Pilotage Act, a federal court in Washington ruled. The mariner claimed the Coast Guard violated the Administrative Procedure Act by misreading a “minimum trips” requirement and insisting that a positive recommendation from a pilot association was required before he could take the exam.

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Assault Weapons

The Firearms Policy Coalition, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Justice agreed to a settlement in a due process lawsuit challenging the state’s implementation and enforcement of assault weapons laws. Under the agreement, the DOJ will reopen assault weapon registrations and abstain from prosecuting people for unregistered assault weapons for the duration of the notice and registration period.

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Sexual Assault

A court did not violate a defendant’s civil rights by considering his association with an Amish community when it sentenced him to prison for sexually assaulting family members when he was a minor, an appeals court in Wisconsin ruled. One of the court’s reasons for sentencing the defendant to prison was to encourage interventions by adults in the community to protect girls from assaults by family members.

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Cockfighting

The First Circuit upheld a law that bans cockfighting matches in Puerto Rico in a dispute brought by a group of gamecock owners, breeders, private fighting enthusiasts and others who claimed the regulation violated their First Amendment and due process rights and the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Lawsuit Seeks to Block Trump Sanctions Against ICC

The Trump administration’s civil and criminal sanctions against anyone helping the International Criminal Court probe possible U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan are illegal and unconstitutional, a human rights group and law professors claim in a federal lawsuit Thursday.

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