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Supreme Court Appears Ready To Make It Harder For States To Confiscate Property

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| The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about one of the few remaining provisions in the Bill of Rights not yet applied to the states: the ban on excessive fines.

White House Asks Supreme Court To Fast-Track Ruling On Transgender Military Ban


It's not the first time that the administration has asked the Supreme Court to intercede in the appeals process.

Moldova To Minnesota: Man Allegedly Faked Death For $2 Million Insurance Payout


Igor Vorotinov had been living in Moldova after allegedly faking his death there in 2011. He was brought back to Minnesota on Saturday by U.S. law enforcement.

Judge Says Federal Law Against Female Genital Mutilation Violates U.S. Constitution


A federal judge in Michigan dropped most charges against a doctor accused of female genital mutilation, concluding that Congress "overstepped its bounds" when it passed a law banning the practice.

Judge Strikes Down Mississippi's Ban On Abortions After 15 Weeks


The judge blocked the state from enforcing its ban, writing that Mississippi passed a law that it knew was unconstitutional.

Federal Officials Indict More Than 40 People Linked to White Supremacist Prison Gang


The Ghost Face Gangsters started in California but a Georgia offshoot has spread criminal activity far beyond prison walls. On Monday, 43 were charged with drug trafficking and firearms possession.

Dems: The Acting Attorney General Can't Continue In His Job. DOJ: Yes, He Can


Critics are continuing to put pressure on Matthew Whitaker after he was named as temporary replacement for Jeff Sessions. The Justice Department says the law is clear: He can stay.

Colorado Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Pregnant Wife And Daughters


By pleading guilty, Christopher Watts avoided facing the death penalty. He was arrested in August, a day after he appeared on local television pleading for his family's safe return.

Kentucky Kroger Shooting Suspect Charged With Federal Hate Crimes


The grand jury indictment alleges Gregory Bush shot and killed two African-Americans "because of their race and color." The Justice Department has not decided if it will seek the death penalty.