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Update: Henry Montgomery won his Supreme Court case—but not his freedom

Update: Henry Montgomery won his Supreme Court case—but not his freedom

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The Associated Press has reported that 71-year-old Henry Montgomery, whose appeal led the Supreme Court to ban mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles, has been denied parole. Montgomery has been incarcerated since age 17, when he shot sheriff’s deputy Charles Hurt.  A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry Montgomery imprisoned. The hearing was his first chance at freedom since his conviction decades ago. Montgomery now must wait another two years before he can request another parole hearing. A vote to free him would have had to be unanimous. Montgomery won the right to seek parole for himself and about 2,000 other people who were sentenced to life without parole for offenses committed as juveniles. All signs pointed to Montgomery h
What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that

What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A “Make America Great Again” hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will probably ask you to remove it or cover it up. Like a number of states, Minnesota bars voters from wearing political items to the polls to reduce the potential for confrontations or voter intimidation. But that could change. The Supreme Court on Feb. 28 will consider a challenge to the state’s law, in a case that could affect other states, too. Wen Fa, a lawyer with the Pacific Legal Foundation, the group behind the challenge to Minnesota’s law, says voters wearing political apparel shouldn’t have to hang up their hats, turn their T-shirts inside out or put their buttons in their bags just to cast a ballot. Wearing political c
Crews responding to structure fire on Arcadia Court in Colonie

Crews responding to structure fire on Arcadia Court in Colonie

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COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Crews are responding to a structure fire on Arcadia Court in Colonie Monday morning. Colonie Police dispatch says the initial call for a fire in a shed behind 64 Arcadia Court was received at 4:07 a.m. Monday. The fire may have spread to a nearby house. Fuller Road Fire Department is responding. NEWS10 ABC has a crew at the scene and will continue to update this story with the latest details.
This week in the war on workers: Who will be hurt most if Supreme Court rules against public unions?

This week in the war on workers: Who will be hurt most if Supreme Court rules against public unions?

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Who’s going to lose out the most if (when) the Supreme Court deals a body blow to public sector unions in the Janus case?  While the outcome of the case will affect about 17 million public-sector workers across the country, black women in particular could be hurt by Janus, as they are disproportionately represented in public sector jobs. They make up 17.7 percent of public-sector workers, or about 1.5 million workers. Black women have traditionally faced a double pay gap—a gender pay gap and a racial wage gap. EPI research has shown that black women are paid only 65 cents of the dollar that their white male counterparts are paid. However, unions help reduce these pay gaps. Working black women in unions are paid 94.9 percent of what their black male counterparts make, while nonunion blac
U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court in Virginia ruled on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries violates the U.S. Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion. The Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals became the second federal appeals court to rule against the ban, […] The post U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims appeared first on Politicus USA.
NYC’s Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys

NYC’s Immigration Court Erodes Accommodations for Children Without Attorneys

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Adi TalwarVisitors enter 26 Federal Plaza, the building many immigration hearings take place. After her father abandoned the family and her mother traveled to the U.S. to earn money for her children, Maria struggled. At home in Honduras, gang members tried to coerce her into becoming the “girlfriend” of one their members. So three years ago, Maria fled with her younger brother. The children traveled north through Texas until they reached New York where they reunited with their mother. At 14, Maria — whose name has been changed for this story to protect her identity — joined tens of thousands of other children escaping violence and danger in their native countries. Once inside the U.S., Maria encountered a new challenge: how to persuade immigration court to let her stay in the c