Courts + Policing

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe V. Wade

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

BY: - July 1, 2022

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico […]

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Planned Parenthood of Montana halts medication abortions for patients from ‘trigger law’ states

BY: - July 1, 2022

Planned Parenthood of Montana will no longer provide medication abortions to patients in South Dakota and three other states with “trigger laws,” according to an all-staff email sent by organization President and CEO Martha Fuller Thursday. South Dakota, along with Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, have total bans on abortion care that went into effect via […]

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History made: Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

BY: - June 30, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court after she was sworn in Thursday by Chief Justice John Roberts and her mentor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer — whose retirement was official moments earlier. The swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court making Jackson’s place in history official took barely three […]

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U.S. Supreme Court curbs federal power to regulate greenhouse gases, in blow to Biden

BY: - June 30, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency lacks authority to broadly regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants, siding with a group of Republican attorneys general and coal companies in a major blow to the executive branch’s power to curb climate change. The opinion was a victory for the Republican-led states that undertook the […]

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Jason Kessler

After Patriot Front arrests in North Idaho, meet the new ‘Conflict Entrepreneurs’

BY: - June 30, 2022

“It is clear to us based on the gear that the individuals had with them, the stuff they had in their possession and in the U-Haul with them, along with paperwork that was seized from them, that they came to riot downtown,” said Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White. It’s not every day you see a […]

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling expands states’ authority to prosecute crimes on tribal land

BY: - June 29, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that states can prosecute non-Native people who commit crimes against a Native person on tribal lands, a dramatic move for tribal sovereignty that undoes decades of practice. Victor Manuel Castro-Huerta, who is non-Native, was sentenced to 35 years in prison stemming from a 2015 child neglect conviction in […]

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Ammon Bundy won’t respond to lawsuit, so St. Luke’s takes more legal action

BY: - June 29, 2022

Ammon Bundy and associate Diego Rodriguez are not following legal processes in a lawsuit that stems from a child protection case, according to new court filings. Bundy ignored a court order, and Rodriguez is nowhere to be found, according to motions and affidavits filed this month by St. Luke’s Health System and its fellow plaintiffs […]

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Idaho attorney general says abortion ban likely to take effect in late August after SCOTUS decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that determined a person’s constitutional right to seek an abortion, a move that will make abortion illegal in nearly all cases in 13 states, including Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. The decision follows a report in early May […]

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U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights in striking down New York concealed carry law

BY: - June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that made it illegal to carry a firearm in public without showing a special need for protection. The court ruled that the state’s concealed carry law violates the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — a major decision that expands the Second […]

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U.S. Supreme Court overturns right to abortion in landmark decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that established abortion as a constitutional right. The decision by five of the Court’s nine justices will allow each state to set its own abortion laws, leading to a patchwork of access throughout the country. The result is expected to be an uptick […]

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The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

BY: - June 20, 2022

This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence.  “It was on a […]

COMMENTARY
U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards

Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards reminds us what heroism looks like

BY: - June 13, 2022

Every Republican who’s ever denied, or tried to minimize, the hideously destructive reality of the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, should be required to sit and listen to the testimony of Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards. And if it takes strapping them into a chair, and propping their eyelids open, “A […]