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Racine Journal Times via Madison.com: State Sen. Julian Bradley (R-Franklin) wants six-figure fines for social media sites that ban politicians.
In the wake of former President Donald Trump being banned or indefinitely suspended from major social-media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, a Wisconsin state senator has proposed a bill that would impose fines of up to $250,000 for platforms that prevent elected officials from using them.
EvidenceProf Blog: Fifth Circuit grants qualified immunity to officers who tased a gasoline-soaked man despite knowing it would light him on fire.
The Intercept: California prosecutors keep unregulated, secretive, large DNA database.
That began to change in 2007, when the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, or OCDA, started compiling its own DNA database. “Now students are coming in and saying, ‘Well, I went in to pay my $100. I didn’t want to hire a lawyer. I didn’t want to tell my family about this. So I was going to go pay my fine, but they wouldn’t let me,’” (Professor Emeritus William) Thompson said. Instead, prosecutors were threatening to up a simple pot possession charge to “possession with intent to sell” unless the student agreed to surrender a DNA sample. He says students would ask, “Is this fair, professor, that they’re threatening to prosecute me for a felony, for something that’s not a felony, in order to get me to give my DNA?”
Associated Press: Federal appeals court OKs withholding life-saving medications from Kentucky state prison inmates.
The Kentucky Department of Corrections can deny a life-saving but expensive hepatitis C medication to inmates, a federal appeals court ruled in a split decision. The dissenting judge in last week’s 2-1 ruling at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the majority’s opinion will condemn hundreds of prisoners to long-term organ damage and suffering, The Courier-Journal reported.
Slate: Amy Coney Barrett is following in John Roberts' footsteps.
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