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Attorney general asks lawmakers to limit new ‘good time’ law

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Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan testifies in January before the House Judiciary and Government Operations committees. Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

Attorney General TJ Donovan is asking lawmakers to restrict a policy that allows prisoners to earn reduced time off their sentences — he doesn’t want it to apply to people convicted of murder or sexual assault. 

The policy was passed earlier this year as part of a criminal justice reform package called Justice Reinvestment II, aimed at keeping people out of prison, reducing recidivism, and limiting the state’s furlough system. 

Under the so-called “good time” policy, starting in 2021, inmates can begin to earn seven days per month off their minimum and maximum sentences by obeying rules and meeting Department of Corrections requirements.  

But on Wednesday, Donovan told legislators on the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee that in the interest of crime victims, the law should be changed so that

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Canada asks court to throw out expert affidavit in Huawei CFO’s U.S. extradition case

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian prosecutors will ask a court to disregard a former U.S. government lawyer’s affidavit submitted by Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s legal team in her U.S. extradition case, arguing it is “irrelevant” and “unnecessary,” documents released on Wednesday showed.

The affidavit was submitted in July in which Michael Gottlieb, who was a White House lawyer under President Barack Obama, testified that U.S. President Donald Trump had departed from longstanding legal policies designed to promote the “impartial administration of justice,” with his comments that he was willing to use Meng as a bargaining chip in trade talks with China.

Meng’s lawyers have argued that the extradition should be thrown out in part because the case against her in the United States is tainted by political interference, pointing to comments from Trump about her extradition.

She was arrested in December 2018 on a warrant from the United States.

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Trump lawyer asks federal appeals court to send lawsuit over alleged pyramid scheme to arbitration

NEW YORK —A lawyer for President Trump and three of his adult children argued to an appellate court Tuesday that a fraud case brought against his clients for endorsing ACN — a marketing organization selling telecommunications products — should be sent to arbitration and not go forward in open court.

The argument, previously made in court filings, was presented to a panel of three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit more than two years after the case was filed on behalf of four anonymous plaintiffs who say they were duped into paying to join ACN as independent sales representatives because the Trumps presented it as a promising business opportunity.

If Trump is successful, the matter would be forwarded to an arbitrator, a common way for business disputes to be resolved more efficiently and with more privacy than they are through lawsuit proceedings. Arbitration would

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Ohio political group asks Trump to impose martial law, hold new election

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — An Ohio-based political organization is calling on President Donald Trump to impose limited martial law and conduct a new presidential election, a move that Ohio’s Republican attorney general called “utterly irresponsible.”

The We the People Convention, based in Akron, took out a full-page ad in the Washington Times on Tuesday, asking Trump to “invoke limited martial law in order to allow the U.S. military to oversee a new and fair federal election,” according to a news release.

In November, Trump lost his reelection bid to Democrat Joe Biden. Since then, Trump has alleged election fraud and attempted legal challenges in several states that he lost to Biden, but he has not been successful in changing the outcome in any of those states.

Tom Zawistowski, president of the We the People group, said in the release, “It is our exclusive

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Sidney Powell, ex-Trump campaign lawyer, asks judge to have Georgia ‘de-certify’ Biden victory

Sidney Powell, the former Trump campaign lawyer challenging the president’s loss to Democratic rival Joseph R. Biden, asked a federal judge in Georgia to reverse the results of the race there Friday.

Ms. Powell, who sued various state and election officials in federal court Wednesday, subsequently filed an emergency motion requesting Mr. Trump be named the winner of Georgia’s presidential race.

Georgia has already certified the results of the presidential election for Mr. Biden, but Ms. Powell wants the court to intervene and issue an order requiring state officials to reverse course.

Ms. Powell filed the motion in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia a week after the state certified election results showing Mr. Biden received 12,670 more votes than Mr. Trump.

Citing unproven claims of fraud, she asked U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr., an appointee of former President George W. Bush, for emergency injunctive

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NJ Attorney General Asks Prosecutors For Dismissal Of Low Level Marijuana Offenders

On Wednesday, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal asked prosecutors to halt all low-level marijuana cases until at least January 25, 2021, as lawmakers continue to debate a bill to legalize adult- use cannabis use for New Jersey.

In a statement to all municipal and county prosecutors, and prosecutor liaison’s, low-level cases include adults and juveniles charged with possession, being under the influence of marijuana, or having marijuana while driving, amongst other charges. The statement does not include offenders of distribution.

Additionally, Grewal suggested prosecutors “use their discretion” with people facing additional charges on top of low-level marijuana offenses by asking for either a postponement or dismissal. Unfortunately, the lack of directive

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Attorney General Curtis Hill asks Supreme Court to reverse Lafayette couple’s same-sex parenting case

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the country’s highest tribunal should reverse a lower court decision from earlier this year involving a Lafayette couple, which allowed same-sex couples in Indiana the right to both be listed as parents on the birth certificate of their children.  



a little girl posing for a picture: Ruby and Ashlee Henderson, a couple from Lafayette, sued the Indiana Department of Health after they were told they couldn't put both of their names as parents on their son Landon's birth certificate. A U.S. District Court ruled in 2016 that Indiana's law was unfair to same-sex couples. On Jan. 17, 2020, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel agreed, rejecting the state's appeal. Here Ruby, left, and Ashlee Henderson, are shown with Landon, right, and their daughter, Kynlee, left.


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Ruby and Ashlee Henderson, a couple from Lafayette, sued the Indiana Department of Health after they were told they couldn’t put both of their names as parents on their son Landon’s birth certificate. A U.S. District Court ruled in 2016 that Indiana’s law was unfair to same-sex couples. On Jan. 17, 2020, a U.S. Court of Appeals panel agreed, rejecting the state’s appeal. Here Ruby, left, and Ashlee Henderson, are shown with Landon, right, and their daughter, Kynlee, left.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill holds a press conference regarding the finding of more than 2,000 fetal remains in the Illinois home of deceased former Indiana abortion doctor, Ulrich Klopfer, at the Indiana Statehouse on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.


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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill holds a press

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Curtis Hill asks Supreme Court to take on same-sex parenting case

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A federal judge has ordered Indiana to list both same-sex parents on their children’s birth certificate. Eight same-sex couples sued the state, which had allowed only a mother and father to be listed. (Dwight Adams/IndyStar)

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the country’s highest tribunal should reverse a lower court decision from earlier this year that allowed same-sex couples in Indiana the right to both be listed as parents on the birth certificate of their children.  

Hill’s petition comes 10 months after the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision by judges in Indiana’s federal Southern District court, who said Indiana laws that limited who can be called a parent of a child were unconstitutional. 

Gay marriage: Indiana same-sex moms win; Appeals Court says names may stay on certificates

Ashlee and Ruby Henderson from Lafayette were plaintiffs

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Suspect in officer’s death appears in court, asks for public defender

A Pine Bluff man accused in the Oct. 5 shooting death of Pine Bluff detective Kevin Collins appeared in district court Wednesday and, because the Arkansas State Police has not yet completed its investigative file in the case, was ordered by District Judge Kim Bridgforth to return to court on Jan. 7.

Keshone Smith, 19, is being held in the Jefferson County jail on suspicion of capital murder. At the time of his arrest, he was being sought by law enforcement authorities in Conyers, GA., suspected of involvement in a homicide there on June 15.

Smith had told Bridgforth at an Oct. 7 probable cause hearing that he planned to hire an attorney, but Wednesday he asked for a public defender.

“I told them I was going to hire my own,” Smith said, which was confirmed by court records.

“So you’ve changed your mind on that now?” Bridgforth asked.

“Yes

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Nevada GOP Asks Judge to Declare Trump Winner of Election He Lost

(Bloomberg) — The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit targeting Nevada’s six presidential electors, who are planning to cast their votes for President-elect Joe Biden, including one woman who claims she’s a homeless military veteran.



a man holding a sign: A supporter holds a Trump campaign flag outside the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas on Nov. 5.


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A supporter holds a Trump campaign flag outside the Clark County Election Department in Las Vegas on Nov. 5.

The suit seeks to invalidate the state’s vote tally in the Nov. 3 election, claiming “substantial irregularities, improprieties and fraud” and naming the Biden-pledged electors individually as defendants. One of them, Gabrielle d’Ayr, took to Twitter to criticize the claims by representatives of President Donald Trump.

“DJT continues his assault on the active duty & vets of Nevada by both attempting to invalidate their absentee votes, & now suing a homeless Navy Vet,” d’Ayr said in a tweet. “Enough is enough.”

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won Nevada by 33,596 votes, or 2.4

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