Covid-19: Labour calls for law to stop anti-vaccination fake news online

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Labour is calling on the government to bring in emergency laws to “stamp out dangerous” anti-vaccine content online.

In a letter, Labour said there should be financial and criminal penalties for social media firms that do not remove anti-vaccine fake news.

It comes after
this week’s news
that the world’s first effective Covid vaccine – made by Pfizer and BioNTech – had seen positive early results.

The government said it took the issue “extremely seriously”.

It said it had “secured a major commitment” from social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google to tackle anti-vaccine content.

Suspicion of vaccines has been around almost as long as modern vaccines themselves.

But in recent years, the anti-vaccination – or “anti-vax”- movement has gained traction online. Social media has been blamed for allowing unfounded claims about vaccines to spread more easily.

In 2019, the UK
lost its measles-free status

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Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse’s Lawyer Urges Trump Fans to ‘Dust Off’ Gun Rights

The lawyer for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse is on a Twitter tear again—this time, urging supporters to “dust off those Second Amendment rights” and not let China “steal” the election from lame-duck President Trump.

“Time to dust off those Second Amendment rights. Founders put it there for a very specific reason,” attorney John Pierce tweeted Wednesday night.

In another tweet, Pierce wrote, “Trump won in a landslide. The triad of Big Tech, mainstream media and the CCP is trying to steal it. Obvious. Do not let them. Do not give an inch. Fight over every single hedgerow. Nothing less than our freedom hangs in the balance.” The post included hashtags: #FightBack, #TrumpWon and #1775.

Pierce then shared an image of Washington Crossing the Delaware—an oil painting commemorating General George Washington and the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War—with the words: “All combat takes place at night.”

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Atlanta attorney backing Trump sues to stop Georgia election results

A prominent Atlanta attorney who supports President Trump filed a lawsuit Friday against Georgia’s secretary of state and election board in an effort to stop the certification of 2020 election results.

text, letter: Atlanta attorney backing Trump sues to stop Georgia election results

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Atlanta attorney backing Trump sues to stop Georgia election results

Lin Wood, best known for his defense of Richard Jewell in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics bomb threat case, announced on Twitter on Friday that he had filed a lawsuit against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and election officials in which he argued that a March 2020 settlement with the Democratic Party was unconstitutional and therefore invalidated absentee ballots cast in the 2020 election.

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Many in criminal justice system need mental health treatment, but resources are strained | News

In South Carolina and across the country, there is an increased demand for mental health services. For those facing criminal charges who need evaluation and treatment, that demand is growing harder to meet.

A person with mental health issues in the criminal justice system is often dependent on state resources to ensure a fair ruling. But as requests for psychiatric evaluations and treatment grow, so does the cost, and the system that protects such defendants is, at times, overburdened.

With the COVID-19 pandemic shrinking state revenue and delaying court cases, wait times for treatment are longer than ever and will likely see long-term impact. 

These services can make the difference in life or death for some defendants, along with preventing the incarceration of the severely mentally ill.

A substantial portion of defendants need such evaluation and treatment to ensure both their safety and the safety of those around them. According

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Law Firm Porter Wright Withdraws From a Trump Campaign Case

The law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP withdrew from a federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania after criticism over its representation of the Trump campaign.

In a court filing, the firm and lawyers Carolyn McGee and Ronald Hicks asked the judge’s permission to leave the case. Neither lawyer responded to a request for comment. The two Porter Wright lawyers appear to represent President Trump’s campaign in other cases around Pennsylvania.

The lawyers said in the court filing that they reached an agreement with the Trump campaign that it would “be best served” if Porter Wright withdrew from this lawsuit. The Trump campaign is in the process of retaining new lawyers, the filing said.

The lawsuit, filed against state and county election officials in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, asks the judge to block the vote certification. State election officials have said the election was fair. Hearings

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Aspiring lawyer, 17, killed outside Northwick Park tube station had ‘future taken away’

This is the first picture of a 17-year-old aspiring lawyer stabbed to death outside a Tube station in north west London.

Jamalie Maleek Deacon Matthew was found suffering from stab injuries near Northwick Park in Harrow about 3.50pm on Thursday.

The teenager was given first aid by police officers before the arrival of medics.  

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead 40 minutes later.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said Jamalie’s next of kin have been informed.

In a statement, his family from Harrow said they were “deeply saddened and utterly devastated”.

They added: “We all knew of his ambition to study law, coming to terms with the tragedy that has unfolded still feels so surreal.  

“We are pleading with the public to share any piece of information regarding this incident.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Topping said: “I am urging anyone who witnessed

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Biden might need years to reverse Trump’s immigration policies on DACA, asylum, family separation, ICE raids, private detention and more

Family separations. The travel ban. The wall. Gutting the asylum and refugee systems. Pushing to abolish DACA.

Donald Trump, Joe Biden are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate in September at Case Western University in Cleveland.

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden debate in September at Case Western University in Cleveland.

Those policies implemented by President Donald Trump helped define his legacy, fulfilling some of his campaign promises while enraging many Americans and further isolating the U.S. from the world. President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to reverse most of those restrictionist policies, but it could take months, or even many years, to do so.

In all, the Trump administration enacted more than 400 policy changes that have shrunk legal and illegal immigration channels into the United States. The process of overturning many of them will be straightforward — Biden can sign executive orders and his agency heads can issue memos or directives overriding Trump policies. Some changes, however, could take

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After a summer of protest, Americans voted for policing and criminal justice reform

These votes, taken together, signal that after a summer of protest brought renewed scrutiny to the justice system, many Americans were open to rethinking how it functions — particularly on the state and local level, where policies have a stark impact on how people interact with the justice system.

“It was a pretty good day for meaningful change in criminal justice reform,” said Ronald Wright, a law professor at Wake Forest University and a criminal justice expert. “The priorities I was watching didn’t win everywhere, but they won a lot more than they lost.”

George Floyd’s death in May set off a wave of protests decrying policing tactics. Five months later, voters in several cities — including some that experienced significant demonstrations — approved measures that would increase how local police departments are scrutinized and investigated.

Voters in Oakland, Calif., moved to create an inspector general’s office outside the police

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Prosecutors tell William Barr they’ve seen no evidence of election fraud: Sources

Sixteen federal prosecutors tapped by leadership at the Justice Department to monitor voting in last week’s presidential election have sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr making clear that they have seen no evidence to substantiate claims that voting tallies have been marred by widespread fraud or other ballot issues, two sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Attorney General William Barr leaves the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 9, 2020.

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Attorney General William Barr leaves the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 9, 2020.

In their letter, the federal prosecutors — career assistant U.S. attorneys from more than a dozen states across the country — called for Barr to rescind a memorandum he sent earlier this week telling Justice Department attorneys to launch election-related investigations if they suspect significant irregularities, the sources said.


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Justice Department policy has long urged federal law enforcement officials to refrain from

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Analyzing Private Vs. Public Worker Political Speech Rights

Law360 (October 30, 2020, 2:07 PM EDT) —

Samuel Morris
Samuel Morris

The recent suspension of a New York City police officer for blaring “Trump 2020!” over a patrol car loudspeaker is emblematic of free speech considerations that come to the fore during the political season.[1] Employees’ rights differ widely between the private and public sectors.

Private Sector

The First Amendment is often cited as guaranteeing the absolute right to free speech. However, contrary to popular belief, the right to free speech in the workplace is anything but absolute and often not protected from employer retribution.

A private sector employee might think that he or she is free to espouse the theory that the boss is an anarchist and be protected from retribution by the First Amendment. That private employee would be incorrect, since only state action invokes free speech rights.

The National

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