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Supreme Court Guarantees Right To Unanimous Verdict In Serious Criminal Trials

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| The justices struck down laws in two states that allowed convictions for serious crimes without unanimous jury verdicts.

Legal Fight Heats Up In Texas Over Ban On Abortions Amid Coronavirus


The state banned all elective medical procedures, including abortions, amid the outbreak. Abortion-rights activists say Texas is "exploiting this crisis to ... ban abortion in the U.S."

Federal Appeals Court Panel Clears Path To Executions, Throwing Out Lower Court Order


A three-judge panel split 2-1 in a decision vacating an injunction issued in November that had scuttling planned executions of four inmates.

Australia's High Court Overturns Cardinal Pell's Child Sexual Abuse Conviction


The former Vatican treasurer was ordered released from prison, where he was serving a six-year sentence.

Los Angeles Authorities Sue Company For 'Illegally Selling' At-Home COVID-19 Test


The Food and Drug Administration says it has not authorized any at-home tests for the coronavirus. After one company started selling an at-home test in March, the city attorney of Los Angeles sued.

Supreme Court Hands Federal Worker Partial Win In Age Discrimination Case


In a separate case, the court upheld a warrantless traffic stop by a sheriff's deputy in Kansas.

Supreme Court Delays Oral Arguments, Hinting Some May Be Decided Next Term


But other cases may have to be decided sooner, among them those involving subpoenas for Donald Trump's financial records, and cases involving the Electoral College.

Justice Department Looking Into Senator's Stock Sell-Off


Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr sold off a large amount of stocks before the coronavirus market crash. The FBI will assess whether he was motivated by nonpublic information.

A Supreme Court Justice Visits: A Look Behind The Scenes


Supreme Court justices make a big effort to visit public universities. State public records shine a light on these visits, and what they cost the public.