Florida Senate OKs easier path to imposing death penalty in wake of life sentence Parkland school shooter got
The vote came in the wake of the uproar after Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz got a life sentence because the jury couldn't agree unanimously on sentencing him to death.cbsnews.com
Abortion-rights supporters prevail in New Hampshire House
In a victory for abortion-rights supporters, the Republican-led but closely divided New Hampshire House on Thursday rejected multiple bills to further restrict abortion access while also approving legislation to protect it. The eight abortion-related bills came up for a vote during what has been a hectic week for abortion policy nationwide. Nine months after the U.S. Supreme Court ended a nationwide right to an abortion, court fights are playing out on multiple fronts, states dominated by Democrats are seeking to protect access and Republicans are trying to tighten restrictions.news.yahoo.com
Feds want justices to end Navajo fight for Colo. River water
States that rely on water from the over-tapped Colorado River want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lawsuit from the Navajo Nation that could upend how water is shared in the Western U.S. The tribe doesn't have enough water and says that the federal government is at fault. Roughly a third of residents on the vast Navajo Nation don’t have running water in their homes.news.yahoo.com
Amy Coney Barrett joins liberal Supreme Court justices in scrutinizing a student-loan company's involvement in one of the lawsuits blocking Biden's debt relief
"Do you want to address why MOHELA's not here?" Barrett asked lawyers who argued Biden's debt relief would hurt the student-loan company.news.yahoo.com
U.S. Supreme Court to hold hearing on Biden's student debt plan
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear President Biden's proposal to forgive $400 billion in federal student loan debt. Challengers in six Republican-led states say it's an abuse of power that bypassed Congress. Chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford reports.news.yahoo.com
Turmoil in courts on gun laws in wake of justices' ruling
A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment is upending gun laws across the country, dividing judges and sowing confusion over what firearm restrictions can remain on the books. The high court's ruling that set new standards for evaluating gun laws left open many questions, experts say, resulting in an increasing number of conflicting decisions as lower court judges struggle to figure out how to apply it. The Supreme Court’s so-called Bruen decision changed the test that lower courts had long used for evaluating challenges to firearm restrictions.news.yahoo.com
Moore v Harper: Supreme Court could throw out major North Carolina election theory case with 2024 implications
North Carolina's Supreme Court agreed to rehear a major redistricting case, leaving Moore v. Harper's "independent state legislature theory" hanging in the balance at the federal level.foxnews.com
White House approves 16 million people for contested student loan forgiveness plan. Whether they see relief depends on Supreme Court decision
Over 16 million people have been approved for student loan forgiveness, but whether or not they see the relief will depend on the Supreme Court's decision.cnbc.com
School lawsuits over social media harm face tough legal road
Like the tobacco, oil, gun, opioid and vaping industries before them, the big U.S. social media companies are now facing lawsuits brought by public entities that seek to hold them accountable for a huge societal problem in the mental health crisis among youth.
Migrants at US-Mexico border await ruling on asylum limits
Thousands of migrants are gathered along the U.S. border with Mexico, camping outside or packing into shelters while awaiting a Supreme Court decision on whether and when to lift pandemic-era restrictions that prevented many from seeking asylum.
Alabama calls off execution after difficulties inserting IV
Alabama has called off the scheduled execution of a man convicted in the 1988 murder-for-hire slaying of a preacher’s wife after the state had trouble establishing venous access and the state faced a midnight deadline to get the execution underway.