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Court throws out ruling on handgun sales to people under 21

Sep. 22, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling that found a law banning licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to young adults under 21 is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond...

New trial granted for Lyft driver convicted of raping rider

Sep. 19, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — A judge has granted a new trial to Mandan Lyft driver whose 2019 conviction for raping a customer was upheld by the North Dakota Supreme Court. South Central District Judge Bobbi Weiler wrote in an order earlier this week that Corey Wickham’s...

Emory Law gets $5M grant for civil rights center

Sep. 18, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Emory University has received a $5 million grant to establish a new center at the law school focused on advancing civil rights and social justice. The money is coming from a charitable foundation funded by Southern Company Gas, the university said...

Family sues over police death of Manuel Ellis in Tacoma

Sep. 17, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The family of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died while being restrained by Tacoma police officers who have since been charged criminally, has filed a federal lawsuit over his death. Attorneys for Ellis’ sister, Monet Carter-Mixon, and mother, Marcia...

Prison reform advocate calls solitary confinement revenge

Sep. 17, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime prison reform advocate asked a federal judge on Thursday to move him out of solitary confinement, claiming the punitive treatment violates his Constitutional rights. Alex Friedman was arrested last year and accused of hiding loaded...

Maine files claim against teenagers over racist graffiti

Sep. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general said Friday he has filed a complaint under the Maine Civil Right Acts against a pair of Bangor teenagers who are accused of spray-painting racial threats on the vehicle of a local man. Attorney General Aaron Frey said the...

Lawsuit seeks $1M after Michigan teacher cuts girl's hair

Sep. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher's assistant. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in...

Chauvin pleads not guilty to violating teen's civil rights

Sep. 16, 2021 11:45 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd pleaded not guilty Thursday to violating the civil rights of a teenager in a separate case that involved a restraint similar to the one used on Floyd. ...

Lawsuit alleges St. Louis violating Missouri Sunshine Law

Sep. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A civil rights group sued the St. Louis City Department of Corrections Wednesday for allegedly violating the Missouri Sunshine Law. The ACLU of Missouri said in a news release that it filed suit on behalf of ArchCity Defenders over requested records...

Judge blocks medical worker vaccine mandate in NY state

Sep. 14, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge temporarily blocked the state of New York on Tuesday from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated after a group of health care workers sued, saying their Constitutional rights were violated because the state's mandate disallowed religious exemptions. ...