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Circuit Court Says Metro Buses OK to Refuse Religious Christmas Ads

Circuit Court Says Metro Buses OK to Refuse Religious Christmas Ads

Courthousenews.com reports that a Washington, D.C. circuit court has issued an order that will result in city buses without Christmas advertisements this year. The Archdiocese requested an injunction while filing for an appeal to a federal judge’s ruling that the buses do not have to display t...

Michigan Teachers to Get $550 Million Back In Retirement Healthcare Payments

Michigan Teachers to Get $550 Million Back In Retirement Healthcare Payments

MLive.com reports that the Michigan Supreme Court has upheld a lower courts’ determination that the 3% of teachers’ salaries collected between 2010 and 2013 for healthcare in retirement was in fact illegal and should be refunded. The funds were originally collected per a 2010 statute ...

Convicted Murderer Blows Farewell Kiss to Victim’s Family, Gets Life Sentence

Convicted Murderer Blows Farewell Kiss to Victim’s Family, Gets Life Sentence

FOX News reports that Jeffrey Willis was convicted of killing a 36-year-old woman in Michigan and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. Willis made headlines when he blew a kiss to the courtroom as he was leaving during the sentencing hearing. The judge, William Marietti, approved his request to...

Grand Jury Report Says Penn State Culture Partly to Blame for Hazing Death

Grand Jury Report Says Penn State Culture Partly to Blame for Hazing Death

NBC News reports that a grand jury has blamed Penn State University for allowing a culture of underage drinking and hazing that caused the death of a fraternity pledge last February. The jury published a report stating that school administrators “displayed shocking apathy to the potential dang...

Alleged Car Driver in Charlottesville Rally Murder Faces First-Degree Charges

Alleged Car Driver in Charlottesville Rally Murder Faces First-Degree Charges

The Associated Press reports that James Alex Fields, the man charged with driving into a crowd of people at a protest in Charlottesville, now faces a first degree murder charge. Fields appeared for a preliminary hearing, where Judge Robert Downer Jr. approved the prosecution’s request to amend...

Ex-Porn Star Sentenced to Life for Nearly Decapitating Boyfriend

Ex-Porn Star Sentenced to Life for Nearly Decapitating Boyfriend

FOX News reports that ex-porn star David Meza, 27, of California has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal 2015 murder of his boyfriend in an attempt to inherit his condo and fortune. Jake Merendino, 51, of Texas inherited his wealth from his parents, who both worked for ExxonMobil. He ...

Judge Orders Hastert to Stay Away from Porn and Minors

Judge Orders Hastert to Stay Away from Porn and Minors

NBC News reports that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been banned by a federal judge from possessing or purchasing porn, or being in the presence of a minor. The decision comes after Hastert served 15 months for covering up accusations of child molestation. The judge’s order read, &...

“Making a Murderer” Defendant Will Stay in Prison

“Making a Murderer” Defendant Will Stay in Prison

The Associated Press reports that Brendan Dassey, one of the defendants featured on “Making a Murderer”, will remain in prison after a Chicago federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s ruling that would have freed him. The decision narrowly passed, and a dissenting judge cal...

Arizona Officer Acquitted in Shooting Trial

Arizona Officer Acquitted in Shooting Trial

NBC News reports that an ex-Arizona police officer has been acquitted of murder charges for shooting Daniel Shaver last year. Shaver, from Texas, was shot by Philip Mitchell Brailsford, who faced second-degree murder chargers. Brailsford is no longer employed as an officer in Mesa, Arizona. The m...

Travel Ban to Take Effect; Court Battles Continue

Travel Ban to Take Effect; Court Battles Continue

The New York Times reports that the Supreme Court has upheld the Trump administration’s travel ban to officially take effect while the legality of it continues to be argued in court. Earlier this year, the court dismissed many disputes over the second version of the ban, but has ruled that the...