For Families in Uvalde, Laws Limit Paths to Holding Police Accountable

Police officers rarely face criminal charges for inaction, and limits on civil lawsuits shield school districts and the police.

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Will Trump Face a Legal Reckoning in Georgia?

It may represent the most serious prospect of prosecution that Trump and his associates are facing.

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Sri Lanka Protesters Call for President to Resign After Cabinet Shuffle

The country’s Rajapaksa dynasty is facing its toughest challenge yet as protesters demand that the president step down amid a devastating economic crisis.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Juror May Be Made to Testify About His Conduct

The juror, whose failure to disclose his past abuse has clouded the guilty verdict against Ms. Maxwell, would be granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.

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How the Sacklers Got Away With It

Patrick Radden Keefe discusses how the family that helped create an overdose crisis that’s killed hundreds of thousands of Americans has escaped accountability.

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Will Juan Carlos, Spain’s Disgraced King, Get a Royal Homecoming?

In the years since Juan Carlos, Spain’s former king, fled the country to escape corruption investigations, some of the cases have been resolved or dropped. Now Spaniards are weighing whether they want him back.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #immunity-from-prosecution, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #spain, #suits-and-litigation-civil

In Two Rulings, Supreme Court Bolsters Legal Shield for Police

The unsigned decisions, without noted dissents, indicated that the court continued to support the widely criticized doctrine of qualified immunity.

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If the Police Lie, Should They Be Held Liable? Often the Answer Is No.

Federal agents and police officers who work with them are often immune from lawsuits, even for serious rights violations. The Supreme Court is being asked to re-evaluate that.

#immunity-from-prosecution, #police-department-st-paul-minn, #st-paul-minn, #suits-and-litigation-civil

N.Y. Prosecutors Weigh Charges Against Another Trump Executive

Matthew Calamari, the chief operating officer at the Trump Organization, is under scrutiny. His son testified before a grand jury Thursday.

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U.S. Declines to Defend Trump Ally in Lawsuit Over Jan. 6 Riot

The move could mean that the Justice Department is also unlikely to defend former President Donald J. Trump in the case.

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Policing Reform Negotiations Sputter in Congress Amid Partisan Bickering

Just as a bipartisan deal was supposed to be emerging, a new proposal has sown discontent among Republicans and Democrats and divided law enforcement groups, raising doubts about a deal.

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It’s Hard to Sue Gun Makers. New York Moves to Change That.

State lawmakers are trying to get around a federal law that gives gun manufacturers broad immunity from lawsuits.

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Democrats, About to Miss a Police Reform Deadline, Hold Out Hope

The party will need G.O.P. buy-in to pass a bill — which could threaten activists’ priorities.

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Ioannis Lagos, Greek Neo-Nazi Lawmaker, Stripped of Immunity by European Parliament

Ioannis Lagos, sentenced to 13 years in prison by a Greek court for his part in running the fascist Golden Dawn party, had been immune from extradition as an elected member of the European Union’s legislature.

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Buoyed by Floyd Verdict, Congress Eyes New Bid to Overhaul Policing

A bipartisan effort to change policing practices collapsed last summer after George Floyd’s murder by a white officer. Can a “guilty” verdict and President Biden’s call for action resurrect it?

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #democratic-party, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #house-of-representatives, #immunity-from-prosecution, #minnesota, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Does Trump Face Legal Jeopardy for His Incendiary Speech Before the Riot?

The president’s actions just before his supporters’ deadly rampage at the Capitol has created new risks for him.

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Can Trump Be Charged for a Crime for Incendiary Speech Before Capitol Riot?

The president’s actions just before his supporters’ deadly rampage at the Capitol has created new risks for him.

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U.S. Considers Granting Immunity to Saudi Prince in Suspected Assassination Attempt

If the request is granted, it could potentially provide a legal basis to dismiss a separate case against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

#aljabri-saad, #assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #canada, #diplomatic-immunity, #extradition, #immunity-from-prosecution, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Israel Heads Toward Yet Another Election, Its 4th in 2 Years

A protracted political crisis revolving around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal troubles has brought the coalition government to the verge of collapse.

#blue-and-white-israeli-political-party, #budgets-and-budgeting, #elections, #gantz-benny, #immunity-from-prosecution, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

Greece Wants Him in Prison. Instead, He’s in the E.U. Parliament.

Leaders of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party were convicted of running a criminal group. But one is living free in Brussels, immune from extradition as a European Parliament member.

#brussels-belgium, #european-parliament, #extradition, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #golden-dawn-greece, #greece, #immunity-from-prosecution, #organized-crime

Lebanese Officials Try to Limit Inquiry Into Deadly Beirut Blast

Months after a huge explosion in Beirut’s port, the investigation has become mired in politics as powerful forces band together to block efforts to hold leaders accountable.

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Georgia Court Allows Prosecution of Ex-Deputies in Eurie Lee Martin’s Death

The State Supreme Court unanimously rejected a lower court’s decision to grant immunity for three former deputies in the death of Eurie Lee Martin, who was repeatedly tased.

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Louisville Officer Who Fatally Shot Breonna Taylor Is Now Suing Her Boyfriend

In a court filing, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly said Kenneth Walker’s actions had caused him “severe trauma, mental anguish and emotional distress.”

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Justice Dept. Says Trump’s Denial of Rape Accusation Was an Official Act

The writer E. Jean Carroll sued the president for defamation after he denied sexually assaulting her in the 1990s. Now the government wants to defend him.

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E. Jean Carroll, Trump Accuser, Seeks to Bar Justice Dept. From Case

Ms. Carroll, a writer, has asked a judge to reject the department’s move to intervene in her lawsuit against the president, whom she has accused of rape.

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Trump Says D.A. Is Using ‘Speculation and Innuendo’ to Get His Tax Returns

Prosecutors have suggested in court papers that an investigation into the president could focus on a range of possible crimes.

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Trump Accuses Judge of ‘Stacking the Deck’ Against Him in Tax Ruling

The president is appealing an order that allowed his tax returns and other financial records to be released to the Manhattan district attorney.

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E. Jean Carroll, Who Accused Trump of Rape, Can Go Forward With Suit

A judge rejected President Trump’s bid to delay a defamation suit by Ms. Carroll, pointing to the recent Supreme Court ruling over his tax returns.

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President Trump and his Company Investigated for Possible Fraud, Filing Suggests

The office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., made the disclosure in a new court filing arguing Mr. Trump should turn over his tax returns.

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After Early Success, Israel’s Netanyahu Faces Fury for Flubbing Virus Fight

With infections spiking again, young Israelis are protesting what they see as chaotic handling of the health and economic crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gantz-benny, #immunity-from-prosecution, #israel, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin

A Timely Case on Police Violence at the Supreme Court

The justices will hear arguments in October over whether excessive force claims against the police are barred when the people they shoot get away.

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D.A. Accuses Trump of Delay ‘Strategy’ in Fight Over Tax Returns

The Manhattan district attorney told a judge that by refusing to comply with a subpoena, the president is effectively putting himself above the law.

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Police Groups Wield Strong Influence in Congress, Resisting the Strictest Reforms

Law enforcement groups, which have donated generously to members of both political parties, have dictated the terms of the debate on an overhaul, prodding lawmakers to reject the toughest measures.

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Senate Democrats Threaten to Block G.O.P. Police Reform Bill

Calling Republicans’ policing bill “woefully inadequate,” Democrats called on Senator Mitch McConnell to negotiate a new, more expansive bill both parties could support.

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Qualified Immunity Protection for Police Emerges as Flash Point Amid Protests

The Supreme Court developed the doctrine that serves as a shield for officers. A half-century later, it is at the center of the debate over policing.

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Abolishing Qualified Immunity Is Unlikely to Alter Police Behavior

A host of reasons raise questions about the effectiveness of this reform.

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Trump’s Order Targeting Social Media Sites, Explained

The president wants to narrow legal protections for companies like Twitter after it began appending fact-check labels to his postings.

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Buried in N.Y. Budget: Legal Shield for Nursing Homes Rife With Coronavirus

In New York, 5,300 nursing home residents have died of Covid-19. The nursing home lobby pressed for a provision that makes it hard for their families to sue.

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Trump’s Bid to the Supreme Court to Stand Above the Law

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear lawyers argue the president’s claim that he has absolute immunity while in office.

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