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Executing Someone With Dementia Might Violate Constitution, Justices Say

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| A convicted murderer developed dementia while on Death Row. The Supreme Court blocked his execution for now, asking a lower court to determine whether the man understands why he is being put to death.

Federal Judge Orders Texas To End 'Flawed' Effort To ID Noncitizen Voters

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Texas officials later acknowledged that their list wrongly contained the names of U.S. citizens. The judge criticized what he called the state's threatening letters to suspect voters.

Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of World War I Memorial Cross On Public Land

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The American Humanist Association is challenging the existence of a 40-foot cross on government-owned land, but the Trump administration hopes a newly conservative majority will agree to let it stand.

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Sexual Assault Of Detained Migrant Children Reported In The Thousands Since 2015

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Opponents of the Trump administration's family separation policy say migrant children are not safe in government custody. Administration officials say most of the allegations are unproved.

After 25 years behind bars, man walks free after murder conviction vacated

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Michael Tirpak was convicted of first degree murder in 1996 for being the alleged getaway driver for men who killed a man during an attempted robbery. He always maintained his innocence, saying he did not know his companions were going to commit a crime.

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Judge Rules Male-Only Draft Violates Constitution

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Now that women serve in combat roles, it's no longer justified to exclude them from draft requirements, a federal judge ruled. The case was brought by a men's advocacy group.

Cross Clash Could Change Rules For Separation Of Church And State

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This week, the newly-constituted conservative Supreme Court majority will weigh how to the federal government should treat religious symbols paid for with taxpayer funds.

Perris parents of 13 children plead guilty to torture

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David and Louise Turpin of Riverside County were arrested last year after one of their children escaped. Now they face prison sentences of 25 years to life.

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Judge Rules Against State Department In Same-Sex Couple's Citizenship Lawsuit

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Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks have twin sons, born four minutes apart. The State Department has maintained that one is a U.S. citizen and one is not. A judge sided with the couple.