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It’s not just elections: Russians are targeting the U.S. justice system

Russians have targeted not only U.S. elections, but also American courts, according to national security experts, who say the justice system is being manipulated and exploited as part of a larger effort to diminish faith and trust in the U.S. government. Court officials across the…

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Smart speakers offer new legal challenges as privacy goes public

Amazon made headlines four years ago when it tried to quash a subpoena seeking recordings from an Amazon Echo as potential evidence in an Arkansas murder case. It was one of the first cases involving smart speaker recordings as potential evidence. After the technology giant…

Militia, white supremacists and counter-protesters during a white nationalist rally that turned violent resulting in one death and multiple injuries.

Georgetown explains states’ militia laws as election draws near

Georgetown Law has created fact sheets for all 50 states ahead of the November election to explain the laws barring unauthorized private militia groups from putting themselves in positions of power. The sheets also advise on what to do if groups of armed individuals show…

United States Postal Service (USPS) collection box seen on the street in Long Island City

Judge orders Post Office to backtrack on some changes

The Legal Defense and Education Fund, with Public Citizen on behalf of the NAACP recently struck a blow against the U.S. Postal Service over its “pivot” in mail delivery, which these organizations say can potentially lead to ballots not being delivered in time to count,…

Denied Social Security Disability application form

Social Security disability denials lead to record number of lawsuits

A new Syracuse University report shows Social Security Disability lawsuits in federal court reaching historic levels in July due to denials. Those lawsuits have jumped almost 18% from a year ago and 95% are seeking review of their denial of benefits under the Supplemental Security…

American community vote and US voting diversity concept and diverse hands casting United States ballots at a polling station

Down to the wire and beyond: Floridians fight for the right to vote

At the age of 53, J.C. Carlisle finally has his voice. Carlisle is one of tens of thousands of former felons who have been able to register to vote in Florida because of an amendment to the state constitution approved by voters in 2018. Proponents…

Defaulting renter with facemask receives letter giving notice of eviction from home on wooden table

Coronavirus recession brings flood of evictions

Courts throughout the country are inundated with eviction cases resulting from the economic impact of the coronavirus, while cities, states and the federal government have rushed to aid households with only mixed results. A 120-day eviction moratorium mandated by the Congressional CARES Act expired on…

Drones pose rising threat to prisons

Drones have dropped cigarettes, cell phones and drugs into jails and prisons across the United States, and federal authorities are worried the unmanned aircraft could pose an even greater danger if not effectively addressed. A report from the Office of Inspector General for the Department…

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