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Biden transition live updates: Wisconsin Supreme Court declines to hear Trump campaign challenge to election results

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Palm Springs bribery case back in Indio court on Friday as attorneys push for dismissal

Attorneys for ex-Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet and two Coachella Valley developers accused of buying his vote are expected to argue in court Friday that the felony charges against their clients should be dismissed.



Steve Pougnet wearing a suit and tie: Developers John Wessman, left, Richard Meaney, center, and former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, right, were arraigned Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Charged in a bribery and corruption case, Wessman, Meaney and Pougnet each pleaded not guilty.


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Developers John Wessman, left, Richard Meaney, center, and former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, right, were arraigned Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. Charged in a bribery and corruption case, Wessman, Meaney and Pougnet each pleaded not guilty.

The hearing is scheduled Friday afternoon at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.

Pougnet, 57, and developers Richard Meaney, 54, and John Wessman, 82, were indicted on Aug. 15, 2019, after the case was presented to a grand jury by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

Pougnet faces 21 felony counts, including perjury, public corruption and conspiracy, while Meaney and Wessman were each indicted on multiple

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Trump Administration Loses Another H-1B Visa Court Case

In another immigration loss for the Trump administration, a federal judge in New Jersey granted a business group a preliminary injunction to block the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its H-1B wage rule. An analysis found the wage rule, issued in October, would have required employers to boost H-1B visa holders’ wages by 40% to 50%, well above the market wage for similar U.S. workers. Analysts concluded the rule’s objective was to price out of the U.S. labor market existing H-1B visa holders and international students who graduate from U.S. universities. The complaint was filed by the Wasden Banias law firm, which has launched several successful lawsuits against the Trump administration’s H-1B policies, on behalf of ITServe Alliance,

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Access to Immigrants’ DMV Records Requires Court Order

On November 30, 2020, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Rochester Judge’s decision to the lawsuit that sought to repeal the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, which allows immigrants without documents to apply and a receive driver’s license. The state of New York, as of December 16, 2020, allowed undocumented immigrants to receive driver’s licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This Act, nicknamed “Green Light law,” prevents federal immigration and customs from having access to any immigrant’s DMV records.

Federal Immigration and Customs Access to Immigrant’s DMV Records

Republican Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns filed a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Attorney General Letitia James, and New York’s DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder on grounds that he could be prosecuted under federal immigration law for performing certain duties under the Green Light law, which shields the personal data of applicants from

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Court rules enough probable cause for Kyle Rittenhouse case to go to trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — There is enough evidence to warrant a trial for an Illinois 17-year-old accused of killing two men and wounding a third during a night of unrest in Wisconsin, a court commissioner ruled Thursday after a contentious hearing in which the defendant’s lawyer tried to show he had acted in self-defense.

Kyle Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, is charged with homicide and attempted homicide for the Aug. 25 fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz during a night of unrest two days after the police shooting in Kenosha of Jacob Blake, a local Black man.

During a preliminary hearing conducted via video, Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating found that there was enough probable cause for the case to proceed to trial. Rittenhouse, who wore a covering over his nose and mouth, attended the Zoom hearing from the office of his

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complex. A court case shows the ‘nation state’ law isn’t.

A court in Israel clarified something Monday with its decision to cite the country’s controversial “nation state” law: Israel has enshrined racism as one of its basic principles.

The court all but said the city couldn’t risk attracting more Arab residents — a decision that it used the “nation state” law to justify.

The lawsuit asked the northern Israeli city of Carmiel to reimburse Arab parents for the costs of driving their kids to school each day, because Arabic-language schooling isn’t available inside the city limits. In its dismissal of the case, the court all but said the city couldn’t risk attracting more Arab residents — a decision that it used the “nation state” law to justify.

I normally hate writing about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict— mostly because it’s a subject that produces a black hole of misunderstandings and prompts people to ignore nuance, especially online. There’s a lot that makes

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India court orders installation of CCTVs at every police station | India

New Delhi, India – India’s Supreme Court has ordered the installation of security cameras at all police stations and offices of investigating agencies which conduct interrogations and have the power to arrest, a directive welcomed by rights campaigners.

The top court said its orders were in keeping with constitutionally guaranteed rights under Article 21, which calls to protect the right to life and personal liberty.

“The State and Union Territory Governments should ensure that CCTV cameras are installed in each and every police station functioning in the respective state and/or union territory” the court said in its order on Wednesday.

“These cameras must be installed at entry and exit points of the police station, lock ups, corridors, lobbies, reception area, rooms of the sub-Inspector and Inspector, reception and outside washrooms.”

The court also directed that security cameras be installed at the offices of federal investigating agencies, including the Central Bureau

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Hears Bill Cosby’s Sex Assault Case

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby’s alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. Cosby, 83, hopes to overturn his 2018 sex assault conviction because the judge let prosecutors call five other accusers who said Cosby mistreated them the same way he did his victim, Andrea Constand. The defense said their testimony prejudiced the jury against the actor and should not have been allowed.

“That conduct you describe — the steps, the young women — there’s literature that says that’s common to 50% of these assaults —

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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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Court rejects appeal of woman in Great Danes abuse case

The state’s highest court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a New Hampshire woman who argued her privacy was violated in a case that eventually led to her being convicted of housing dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes in her mansion.

In a unanimous decision, the New Hampshire Supreme Court found a lawyer for Christina Fay had not demonstrated her right to privacy was violated and turned down a request to vacate her convictions. Fay’s lawyer unsuccessfully argued authorities violated her privacy when they allowed an animal welfare group to take photos and video as it helped gather the dogs from her house.

The court also found the state did not violate Fay’s right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Fay’s lawyer unsuccessfully argued to a lower court that the evidence in the search should be suppressed because Wolfeboro police had failed to disclose that an animal

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