US domestic news roundup: US Justice Department asks appeals court to allow review of classified documents in Trump investigation; George Floyd Denied Posthumous Pardon for Texas Drug Conviction in 2004 and More

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US Department of Justice asks appeals court to allow review of classified documents in Trump investigation

The US Department of Justice on Friday asked a federal appeals court to allow it to resume reviewing classified documents seized during an FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida. In the filing with the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, the Justice Department said the circuit court should stay part of the lower court’s ruling that bars prosecutors from relying on the classified documents in their criminal investigation into the retention of government records at Trump. Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach after his presidency ended.

Special master reviewing Trump documents will hold first hearing on Tuesday

An independent arbitrator, known as a special master, appointed to review the contents of classified documents seized by the FBI from the estate of ex-President Donald Trump in Florida last month, will hold an initial hearing on Tuesday, a filing shows. judicial. Lawyers must submit agenda items by the close of business on Monday, Special Counsel Raymond Dearie – who was appointed this week – said in the document.

George Floyd refused posthumous pardon for his 2004 Texas drug conviction

A Texas state agency has decided not to recommend that the governor grant a posthumous pardon to George Floyd for a 2004 drug conviction, reversing a decision made last year. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles board, in a letter sent Thursday to the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, said it declined the recommendation but offered no explanation for the decision.

Yeshiva University of New York shuts down student clubs in dispute over LGBT group

Yeshiva University, ordered by a judge to officially recognize a group of LGBT students even as the Jewish School of New York argues it would violate its religious values, announced on Friday that it has halted operations at all of its clubs of undergraduate students as she plans her next steps. Yeshiva’s announcement came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block New York State Judge Lynn Kotler’s June ruling that the university is subject to a law. the city’s anti-discrimination and must recognize the club called YU Pride Alliance.

US appeals court rejects big tech’s right to regulate online speech

A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a Texas law that bars big social media companies from banning or censoring users based on “viewpoint,” a setback for tech industry groups that say that the measure would turn the platforms into bastions of dangerous content. The 3-0 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals gives the US Supreme Court a chance to rule on the law, which conservatives and Right-wing commentators said it was necessary to prevent “Big Tech” from suppressing their views.

University of Michigan finalizes $490 million sexual abuse settlement

The University of Michigan said a $490 million settlement with more than 1,000 people who alleged sexual assault by a former sports doctor was finalized on Friday. The doctor, Robert Anderson, was a physician for the football team and other athletic programs at the university, where he worked from 1966 until his retirement in 2003. He died in 2008. Most of the victims were men.

U.S. court skeptical of challenge to elite Virginia school’s admissions policy

A U.S. appeals court on Friday was skeptical of claims that an admissions policy adopted for a highly selective public high school in Virginia discriminates against Asian Americans in a closely guarded challenge by a group of parents. conservatives. The Richmond-based United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit heard arguments in the Fairfax County School Board’s appeal of a judge’s ruling that the admissions policy of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was discriminatory and violated the equal protection guarantee under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. .

Man Who Plots To Kidnap Michigan Governor Sees Sentence Reduced

A federal judge on Friday reduced the sentence of a man who pleaded guilty to participating in a foiled plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor after his testimony helped convict the ringleaders last month. Ty Garbin, 26, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, less than half of the 75 months he was handed down in August 2021. Garbin’s testimony helped the US government convict two men last month of allegedly spearheaded the plan to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer from her northern Michigan vacation home in 2020.

Biden meets families of Russian detainees Griner, Whelan

President Joe Biden met with the families of two Americans detained by Russia on Friday and personally reassured them that he was working to secure the detainees’ freedom. Biden sat in the Oval Office with Cherelle Griner, wife of women’s basketball star Brittney Griner, and Elizabeth Whelan, sister of former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan.

Florida governor defends migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard, suggests more to come

Florida’s Republican governor on Friday defended his decision to fly dozens of migrants to the wealthy vacation island of Martha’s Vineyard from Texas, and said similar actions could follow as a political dispute over border security s worsened in the run-up to the US elections in November. DeSantis claimed credit on Wednesday for a pair of charter flights that carried about 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, as part of a larger Republican effort to shift responsibility for border crossings to Democratic leaders.

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