City's Restriction on Women Going Topless in Public Withstands Court Challenge

The ruling in the Missouri case follows at least two other court decisions this year involving the "free the nipple" movement.

Republican AGs Call For Court to Toss Discrimination Lawsuit Over Minimum Wage Law

The case concerns an Alabama statute that pre-empted a local minimum wage ordinance in Birmingham.

Chalking Tires to Track Parking Violators Is Unconstitutional, Court Rules

A woman filed a lawsuit against Saginaw, Michigan after she racked up 15 parking tickets.

A State Considers How to Help Local Governments Pay for Expensive Murder Trials

A bill in the Ohio legislature would allow counties to ask for state financial support for large capital murder cases.

What the Supreme Court Said About the 2020 Census Citizenship Question

In oral arguments, conservative justices asked about data science, while liberals asked what the citizenship question was really for.

State Legislators Look to Change a Law That Makes Sexual Assault Convictions Difficult

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The Exhausting Ordeal of the Census Bureau’s Top Scientist

Litigation over adding a citizenship question gave voice to data expert John Abowd. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday about whether to include the question on the 2020 census.

Union Doesn't Need to Refund Fees to Local Government Workers, Federal Judge Rules

The lawsuits against a California union local are just two of many being filed against public sector unions across the country.

Florida Supreme Court to Weigh Government Liability in Parkland Shooting

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State's Denial of Custom License Plate Triggers Free Speech Lawsuit

At issue is the phrase “come on you whites,” an English soccer team motto California's DMV says has possible racial connotations.

Local Law Against Obstructing Sidewalks Survives Another Round in Federal Court

The District of Columbia statute has been criticized for how it has been enforced against black residents in the city.

Navigating the Justice System, Victims Find Comfort with Courthouse Dogs

Courthouse companion dogs offer emotional support for victims and witnesses in 39 states.

Oklahoma Tries New Strategy and New Target in Opioid Lawsuit

The state recently agreed on a big settlement with Purdue Pharma and now wants Johnson & Johnson to disclose opioid marketing documents.

Church Scores Federal Court Win in Zoning Dispute With Village

The case involved religious discrimination claims and attracted the attention of the Justice Department.

Death Penalty Repeal Stalls in Colorado

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Expunging Criminal Records Offers Clear Benefits—But Few People Take Advantage

New research finds that automatic expungement of nonviolent criminal records could be a boon for eligible offenders, but few apply when the process is complicated.

Trump Administration Wades Into Local Zoning Dispute, Backing a Church Over a Village

Christian Fellowship Centers of New York claims the local regulations are discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Federal Judge Rejects Medicaid Work Requirements in Two States

About 18,000 people lost coverage in Arkansas after the state began requiring some recipients to work 80 hours a month.