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DOJ Drops Insider Trading Investigation Into Sen. Richard Burr

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| Officials launched a probe into Burr's business dealings after the senator warned a group of constituents in February to prepare for the coronavirus then sold off $1.7 million in stocks.

New Program Aims To Bring More Civil Rights Lawyers To The South

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The scholarship program, sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, intends to support the next generation of civil rights advocates working in the South.

U.S. Executes Dustin Higgs In 13th And Final Execution Under Trump Administration

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Higgs had been sentenced to death for the 1996 killings of three women in Maryland, which has since abolished the death penalty.

Response To Capitol Riot Could Hurt Minorities, Civil Libertarians Say

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They say new police and surveillance powers could, if history is a guide, be used against Blacks and other people of color in the justice system, not the white rioters who stormed the Capitol.

Supreme Court OKs White House Request To Limit Abortion Pill Access During Pandemic

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The case was the first abortion-related decision faced by the new conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court after Justice Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in last year.

Democrats Unveil Legislation To Abolish The Federal Death Penalty

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In an exclusive interview with NPR, Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Ayanna Pressley discuss their push to end capital punishment at the federal level as their party takes full control of Congress.

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New York State Bar Association Considers Expelling Rudy Giuliani

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The bar association said it received "hundreds of complaints in recent months" about Giuliani, ultimately deciding Monday to launch a "historic" inquiry into the president's attorney.

Can Trump Pardon Himself?

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While some constitutional scholars argue that the pardon power is absolute, most believe a president cannot pardon himself.

U.K. Judge Rejects Assange Bail Request, Citing Flight Risk

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District Judge Vanessa Baraitser — who earlier this week rejected the U.S. extradition request — ruled that Assange must be held in custody while the U.S. government appeals.