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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…

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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…

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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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Pregnancy can negate a living will

Most people know the purpose of a living will. The document, first proposed in the 1960s, dictates what kind of life-sustaining medical treatments one wants and does not want so their wishes are known if they can’t communicate due to a serious medical situation. What…

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Coronavirus leads to outbreak in voting litigation

Voting is “an inviolable right” sacred to Americans because it preserves all rights, according to a federal judge who recently ruled that all registered voters in Alabama may vote absentee this year because of the pandemic. The ruling by District Judge Abdul K. Kallon came…

Macy’s being sued over facial recognition software

An Illinois woman is suing Macy’s Department Store for using facial recognition software in a state with the strictest rules against it. The suit, open to all Macy’s customers in Illinois, highlights the ongoing battle against facial recognition, especially when its use is not revealed…

Criminal history continues punishment far beyond prison term

A new report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law reveals exposure to the criminal justice system, no matter the length of time, carries consequences that “extend far beyond a guilty plea, trial verdict, or release from prison.” People who have…

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