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Removal of Confederate monument in Huntsville was illegal, says Alabama Attorney General

Updated Nov. 20, 2020 at 3:45 p.m.: Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Friday afternoon his office had filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state of Alabama against Madison County and its commission over the removal of the Confederate monument and seeking the $25,000 fine outlined in the law he maintains was broken.

The lawsuit, filed in Madison County Circuit Court, asks a judge to issue a declaratory judgment that the county commission broke the law and to impose the $25,000 fine. The lawsuit is embedded at the bottom of this story.

Original story: Madison County violated state law last month in removing and relocating the Confederate monument, according to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Marshall’s office told AL.com on Thursday that a review of the relocation determined the move was illegal, violating the 2017 law that prohibits altering a historic structure without having received a waiver from the

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UPDATE 1-South African broadcaster SABC delays job cuts plan by a week

(Adds blackout contingency plan)

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) delayed a plan to lay off 600 employees by a week on Friday after threats of a radio and TV blackout by some of its presenters and journalists.

The public broadcaster is among the heavily indebted state-owned firms that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to wean off public funding.

Its staff of around 3,000 permanent employees and 1,500 independent contractors is among SABC’s biggest expenses, although unions say the high salaries of middle management and executives are to blame.

The SABC board said this week it needed at least 1 billion rand ($65 million) a year to keep going, and that its plan to cut costs by reducing headcount was not yet working.

“The Board of the SABC would like to announce that it will suspend the S189 process for a period of

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Exclusive: German draft IT security law strives for consensus on telecoms vendor risks

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany would need to reach a consensus within government that a telecoms vendor poses a national security threat in order to exclude its equipment from national 5G networks, according to draft legislation reviewed by Reuters on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen at the IFA consumer technology fair, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Berlin, Germany September 3, 2020. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo

The latest version of the IT Security Law follows months of wrangling in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition, which has been split over how to craft a political mechanism for judging whether a vendor can be trusted.

How that process works will be crucial in determining whether China’s Huawei [HWT.UL], the global leader in telecoms networks, can stay in Germany or ends up being banned as it has been by the United States and some of its allies.

The draft seeks to bridge

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Georgia Secretary of State certifies presidential election results for Joe Biden

ATLANTA >> Georgia’s top elections official today certified results showing Joe Biden won the presidential race over Republican President Donald Trump.

The certification brings the state one step closer to wrapping up an election that has been fraught with unfounded accusations of fraud by Trump and his supporters. It is now up to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to certify the state’s slate of 16 presidential electors. He has until 5 p.m. Saturday.

The results certified by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had Biden with 2.47 million votes, President Donald Trump with 2.46 million votes and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 62,138. That leaves Biden leading by a margin of 12,670 votes or 0.25%.

The certification of results reported by the state’s 159 counties followed a meticulous hand count of the 5 million ballots cast in the race. The hand tally stemmed from an audit required by a new state law and

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Help is on the way to tackle huge overload of misdemeanor family violence cases in Bexar County

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales announced Friday that six County Court at Law judges have agreed to take on misdemeanor family violence cases in an effort to relieve the huge overload of pending cases.

Prior to Friday, only County Court at Law 7 and 13 were assigned such cases. But due to the COVID-19 protocols in effect, all courts ceased having jury trials and most moved to virtual hearings, which resulted in a much slower process than in-person hearings and an increase in 1,500 cases.

“Thousands of (family violence) survivors are facing a very long wait for justice,” Gonzales said of the backload.

Thanks to judges Alfredo Ximenez, John Longoria, Mary Roman, Tommy Stolhandske, Carlo Key and Melissa Vara, who don’t normally handle such cases, the caseloads for judges Michael De Leon and Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez will be reduced, Gonzales said.

Prior to the pandemic, there

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Gov. Murphy Signs NJ Law To Better Protect Judges, Prosecutors

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed a bill into law that protects the home addresses and telephone numbers of judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from public disclosure.

Known as “Daniel’s Law,” the bill is named in honor of Daniel Anderl, the son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas, who was killed after a gunman opened fire at their North Brunswick home on July 19.

The gunman, who the FBI identified as Roy Den Hollander, was an anti-feminist lawyer who had a case pending before Salas.

“This is a renewed commitment to ensure our judiciary, prosecutors, and members of law enforcement who answer the call of justice can do so without fear for their personal safety, or that of their loved ones,” Murphy said.

“By shielding the home addresses and private contact information for those who serve on the bench and enforce our laws, we are

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Merrick Garland on list to be Biden’s attorney general: report



Merrick Garland wearing a suit and tie: Merrick Garland on list to be Biden's attorney general: report


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Merrick Garland on list to be Biden’s attorney general: report

Federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland is among the names President-elect Joe Biden is considering to serve as attorney general in his administration, two people closely following the process told NPR.

Garland was thrust into the spotlight in 2016 after he was nominated by former President Obama to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Republicans never held a confirmation hearing for Garland.

Garland was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1997, and served as its chief justice from February 2013 to February 2020.

Prior to being a judge, Garland oversaw the prosecution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, NPR notes, and gained plenty of management experience inside the Justice Department in the 1990s.

Supporters of Garland told NPR

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Law enforcement adapts as pandemic continues

“It presented an invisible threat to officers, as well as the community, something we couldn’t train for because nobody really knew a whole lot about it,” Rochester police Lt. Gretchen O’Neil said. “We educate and train on best practices and dealing with threats and it made it very difficult in this situation.”

“We couldn’t have predicted that COVID-19 would present itself, nor could we have predicted some of the civil unrest that has occurred, and with both of those almost simultaneously happening (they) created a lot of stress,” she said.

Rochester Patrol Officer James Marsolek gathers supplies to sanitize his squad car on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the Rochester Police Department North Station in Rochester. Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Rochester Patrol Officer James Marsolek gathers supplies to sanitize his squad car on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, at the Rochester Police Department North Station in Rochester. Traci Westcott / [email protected])

But like many essential workers, working from home was not an option, so departments had to figure out how to continue to do their jobs and keep employees and community

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Georgia’s secretary of state to certify Joe Biden as winner

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday will certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win and the results of all the other races in the state. In a statement, Raffensperger said this “will affirm that all 159 counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each state and federal candidate.”

Raffensperger told reporters earlier Friday that Mr. Biden had definitively won the state, after the state’s hand recount was completed on Thursday.

“I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the will of the people,” Raffensperger, a Republican, said. 

He also called for legislation to be passed to improve the state’s voting system, such as reforms in absentee voting and implementing audits in areas where there were voting discrepancies.

The hand recount upheld the original outcome produced by the machine tally of votes cast, according to a statement from Raffensberger on

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A divorce attorney’s words of wisdom

Hindell S. Grossman, Esq.
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This is the third installment in a series that offers words of advice to those thinking about or going through a divorce. While these words may not apply to every divorce, they have proven themselves to be reliable and responsive to common concerns. Today’s words apply to the period before the divorce is real. 

Words of wisdom about financial information

With remarkable frequency we represent spouses who are out of the financial loop during the marriage and see the consequences of this during the divorce. I must stress the importance of being aware of family finances to play an important role in decision making and the family’s future. Playing an early part in the finances might even prevent a divorce. 

But even if you are arriving at this realization later, start now to pay attention. Know what banks and financial institutions hold your

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