Crime & Justice |

New Hampshire Abolishes Death Penalty As Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto

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| Calling capital punishment "archaic, costly, discriminatory and violent," state Sen. Melanie Levesque, a Democrat, said the time has come to end it. Twenty-one states have discarded the death penalty.

Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Strict Abortion Limit, Dem. Governor Says He Will Sign it


Six other states have recently passed laws banning abortions. When Louisiana's bill becomes law, it will join four other states in which abortions are barred when a heartbeat is detectable.

Supreme Court Upholds Indiana Provision Mandating Fetal Burial Or Cremation


The court did not take up the part of the law that banned abortions because of fetal abnormality or race or sex of the fetus, which a lower court had knocked down in addition to the burial provision.

San Francisco Police Chief Apologizes For Raid On Home Of Freelance Journalist


A raid on a journalist's home to determine the source of a police leak led to a firestorm over press freedoms and the First Amendment.

Judge Blocks Trump Use Of Emergency Power To Build Border Barrier With Military Funds


Judge Haywood Gilliam in Northern California granted a preliminary injunction against moving $1 billion in Defense Department funds intended for anti-drug activities.

CA On The Verge Of Toughening Standard For Police Shootings


State lawmakers are on the verge of passing a bill that would toughen the standard for when police can use deadly force.


Chef Mario Batali Pleads Not Guilty In Boston Assault And Battery Case


Batali stepped away from his restaurants and TV appearances after accusations of sexual harassment. He's now facing a charge he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at one of his restaurants in 2017.

Disabled Woman Who Gave Birth At Care Facility May Have Been Impregnated Before


New medical documents filed on Wednesday say the woman was sexually assaulted multiple times. An exam after the birth of the child in December indicated she may have been pregnant before.

Kenneth Feinberg To Mediate Roundup Settlement Talks Between Bayer And Plaintiffs


The prominent attorney has been tapped to facilitate talks between the company's lawyers and plaintiffs' representatives over the next two weeks.