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Civil rights attorney Bruce Boynton dead at 83

Nov. 27 (UPI) — Bruce Boynton, a civil rights activist and attorney who helped inspire the historic Freedom Rides of 1961, has died. He was 83.

Former Alabama Sen. Hank Sanders announced the death of Boynton, a longtime friend, on Facebook earlier this week.

Boynton was arrested in 1958 after refusing to leave the “Whites-only” section of a bus station restaurant in Richmond, Va., while traveling on a bus bound for Alabama.

“Even though I didn’t expect to be served, I expected something like, ‘It’s not me. It’s the law,’ ” he later told a historian. “But the White waitress called the manager who put his finger in my face” and told him “Move,” using a racial slur. “That crystallized what I was going to do,” he added. “I did not move.”

Boynton, a student at Howard University Law School in Washington, D.C., was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing, but challenged

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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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Embezzlement case still unresolved; Attorney General may weigh in

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HENDERSON, Ky. — An embezzlement case against a former employee of the County Attorney’s Cold Check Division has yet to be resolved — nearly nine months after her arrest.

In fact, the adjudication of the felony charge facing Rebecca S. Hein, 38, 300 block of South Main Street, might be delayed as far out as 2021 now that the state Attorney General’s Office could be getting involved, court officials said.

According to information obtained by The Gleaner, the delay in this case stands in contrast to what almost 30 others have experienced in 2020.

Between January and November (which is the last session of the grand jury for 2020), a Henderson County grand jury indicted 27 people for the same D felony — theft over $500, but less than $10,000 — or a similar felony offense — theft by deception under $10,000. Both crimes are punishable by one to

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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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District Attorney Greg Newman issued stayed suspension over 2015 rape case



a man wearing a suit and tie: Henderson County District Attorney Greg Newman said it's "rare" for those charged with serious crimes such as attempted murder to be released from the county jail for mental health treatment at a hospital or other facility.


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Henderson County District Attorney Greg Newman said it’s “rare” for those charged with serious crimes such as attempted murder to be released from the county jail for mental health treatment at a hospital or other facility.

District Attorney Greg Newman has been issued a three-year stayed suspension by the North Carolina State Bar following a decision earlier this month by a disciplinary committee regarding a failure to notify the victim of court proceedings in a 2015 rape case.

A three-person panel chaired by Elizabeth City attorney Don Prentiss unanimously decided to issue the three-year stayed suspension, with still allows Newman to practice law as long as he follows certain conditions.

The state bar’s complaint filed before its disciplinary hearing committee in July 2019, says Newman failed to notify the victim of a court proceeding in a 2015 rape case, even though he told a judge

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McHenry County state’s attorney won’t prosecute violations of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s indoor dining ban

McHenry County’s top prosecutor says he won’t enforce the indoor dining ban that Gov. J.B. Pritzker implemented as part of the state’s latest efforts to rein in rising coronavirus infections and deaths.

But McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick D. Kenneally on Wednesday said he would enforce capacity limits and laws requiring patrons and employees to wear masks and social distance.

Indoor dining was banned statewide after Tier 3 mitigations took effect last Friday. Since then, the McHenry County Public Health Department referred 11 complaints to the state’s attorney’s office about restaurants violating indoor dining restrictions, the Northwest Herald reported.

But Kenneally said in a statement that the mitigations rested on an executive order that he believes his office isn’t authorized to enforce. Kenneally also questioned if Pritzker’s emergency powers were constitutional under state law.

There “is no provision in the executive orders or the Illinois Emergency Management Act requiring or

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Minnesota Attorney General’s Office files lawsuit against Plainview fitness center

The statement, allegedly made by Brandon Reiter, was included in the 13-page lawsuit filed in Wabasha County District Court on Tuesday, Nov. 24, by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s office has also filed for a temporary restraining order and temporary injunction.

The lawsuit alleges that Reiter’s fitness center, Plainview Wellness Center, is violating Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-99, which ordered that fitness centers and other places of entertainment close, and that bars and restaurants suspend indoor service for four weeks. The order went into effect Friday, Nov. 20, at 11:59 p.m.

“Despite that potential harm to Minnesotans, Plainview Wellness Center has refused to comply with Executive Order 20-99. Defendant promoted on the gym’s Facebook page it would not be closing and would instead keep its regular schedule of being open 24-hours a day,” the lawsuit reads. “In short, Plainview Wellness Center is ignoring the risks of the

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City attorney mistakenly said employees could run for office. Now four could lose jobs

North Miami’s city attorney “erroneously” told employees they could run for elected office without resigning their positions with the city, according to a memo issued Tuesday. Four employees could now lose their jobs.

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Two city employees who were recently elected in other cities — Daniela Jean as a commissioner in North Miami Beach and Linda Julien as a councilwoman in Miami Gardens — resigned from their positions Friday after the city attorney, Jeff Cazeau, issued an opinion that said they could no longer work for North Miami.

Jean was an administrative coordinator in the risk management department and Julien was an economic development manager. Julien said she had previously been told there was nothing stopping her from running for office in Miami Gardens while keeping her job in North Miami, even if she was elected.

“If I was told otherwise, I would have prepared myself,” Julien told the

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Redeeming justice: the next attorney general

In October 2020, Philip Halpern, a respected federal prosecutor of 36 years, resigned from the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) because of what he called Attorney General William Barr’s “slavish obedience” to the whims of President Trump. In November, Richard Pilger, director of the department’s election crimes unit, stepped down when Barr changed department policy and authorized federal prosecutors to investigate voter fraud while post-election controversies still raged. In response, 16 prosecutors given the assignment reported no fraud and complained that Barr’s memo improperly thrust them into partisan politics.



a man wearing glasses: Redeeming justice: the next attorney general


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Redeeming justice: the next attorney general

Such objections were nothing new. In February, all four prosecutors handling Roger Stone’s case resigned when the department reduced its recommended sentence. In May, the top prosecutor on the Michael Flynn case quit when Barr ordered its dismissal. More than 2,000 former DOJ prosecutors and FBI officials followed with a demand for Barr’s

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N.J. will halt prosecuting marijuana possession cases, attorney general says

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New Jersey’s top law enforcement official on Wednesday ordered prosecutors to halt all low-level marijuana cases statewide as lawmakers continue to debate bills to formally legalize cannabis.

Anyone charged only with possession, being under the influence of marijuana or having marijuana while driving, among other charges, should have their cases postponed until at least January 25, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal wrote to municipal, county and state prosecutors.

The order affects adults and juveniles currently being prosecuted, as well as anyone arrested in the coming weeks. It does not apply to people accused of distributing marijuana.

“It simply does not make sense or serve justice to proceed with prosecutions on charges that may be foreclosed soon through legislative action,” Grewal said in a

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