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Top Texas Court Nixes Murder Appeal of Former Cop Who Fired a Rifle into Car Full of Teens and Killed Jordan Edwards

A white former police officer in Texas lost an appeal this week seeking to overturn his conviction for the murder of a Black teenager in 2017. The ex-Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver was found guilty nearly four years ago of murdering 15-year-old Jordan Edwards by shooting into a 2004 Chevrolet Impala full of teenagers as the vehicle left a house party.
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New York Couple Indicted for Allegedly Murdering Son Who Had Cerebral Palsy

The biological mother and stepfather to a 17-year-old boy were indicted Friday on multiple charges, including second-degree murder. Lisa Marie Waldron, 43, and Anthony Michael Waldron, 37, were initially charged with crimes including second-degree manslaughter, but the office of Oswego County District Attorney Greg Oakes added a count each of second-degree murder and first-degree assault under the theory of depraved indifference murder, according to Syracuse.com.
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‘F***ed Up Nancy Office’: Oath Keepers Member Allegedly Tapped by Stewart Rhodes as ‘Operations Leader’ for Jan. 6 Has Been Indicted

An Oath Keepers member allegedly handpicked by Stewart Rhodes as “operations leader” for the extremist group during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has been arrested and indicted, federal authorities revealed on Friday. Prosecutors say that 39-year-old Michael Greene of Indianapolis played a key role in...
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Justice Thomas Compares Number of Abortions to Civil War Deaths in Concurrence Identifying Other Landmark Cases to Overturn After Roe

Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh filed concurring opinions, and Chief Justice John Roberts “filed an opinion concurring in the judgment,” in connection with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey on Friday. The majority’s opinion returns the question of abortion to the states — meaning some states can criminalize the procedure while others can allow it. The majority opinion holds that there is no right to abortion under the U.S. Constitution.
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Jurors Return Verdict in Favor of the Shooter Who Killed Man’s Family Dog in 2016 Incident

Jurors returned a verdict in favor of the defendant after a man shot and killed a beloved family dog. The plaintiff’s attorneys asked for $450,000 in damages. The question before the panel was whether or not Zachary K. Deaterly acted in self-defense when he fatally injured the Staffordshire terrier mix Candy in a Nov. 16, 2016 confrontation. Jurors determined that he was justified in using self-defense.
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SCOTUS Rules 5-4 in Favor of Federal Government’s Position on Medicare Payments to Hospitals Serving Low-Income Patients

Despite the rather chilly reception the justices gave the Biden Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at oral arguments, SCOTUS sided 5-4 with the federal agency on Friday. The Supreme Court’s ruling means that HHS can continue using its preferred method of calculating payments for hospitals that take on a disproportionate number of low-income patients.
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87-Year-Old Man Emailed His Children His Plans Before Killing Wife and Himself: Authorities

An elderly man in Kansas shot and killed his bedridden wife, then died by suicide, according to cops. Neighbors reportedly said that Frank Mayfield, 87, and Donna Mayfield, 87, were a loving couple, and that incident was both a tragic shock and out of character for them. Frank Mayfield wrote his children an email explaining his plans before the incident, authorities said in a KMBC report. Officers did not detail this message.

Paul Pelosi Charged with Misdemeanor Drunk Driving in California

The Napa County, California District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint Thursday against Paul F. Pelosi, Sr., 82, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif. 12), over an alleged drunk driving crash on Saturday, May 28. The DA’s office said a subsequent blood sample revealed that Mr. Pelosi’s blood alcohol level was .082, which is above the legal limit of .08.
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Now that SCOTUS Has Overruled Roe v. Wade, ‘Trigger Laws’ Are Going into Effect — Here’s What You Should Know

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down its official opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on Friday, closing the loop on the bombshell draft leaked to press in early May. As expected, the Court’s ruling overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, thereby eliminating any federal guarantee of the right to have an abortion.
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