Jurors and God

The Eleventh Circuit upheld the convictions of Corrine Brown, a former U.S. representative from Florida, finding that a juror was properly dismissed after he indicated he would base his verdict on what he believed he was told by God. A rule allowing a juror to “base his verdict on something other than the evidence would be antithetical to the rule of law and is contradicted by decades of precedent,” the court determined. 

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Oregon Legislature

A federal court in Oregon dismissed Republican state Senator Brian Boquist’s claims against other state legislators relating to his temporary bar from the state Capitol. After he and other Republicans walked out of a vote and the governor ordered state police to arrest them and bring them back, Boquist made threatening statements, including a warning that the police should “send bachelors and come heavily armed.” 

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Mike Pompeo Won’t Run for Senate in Kansas

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will not run for an open Senate seat from Kansas this fall, two people close to McConnell said Monday. Pompeo’s decision complicates Republicans’ chances of holding what should be a guaranteed seat in the deep red state as they battle to retain their slim Senate majority in November elections.

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Civil Rights

A federal judge refused a school board member/legislative candidate’s request to dismiss a complaint from a school bus driver who was fired after she called the woman’s children bullies in an online post, as bullying is a subject of public interest, and the way a candidate handles it n her own family may have some bearing on the candidate’s character.

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