The Richmond-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, 9-4, that the Trump directive limiting visitors from six majority-Muslim countries and two other nations is likely unconstitutional because it was driven by anti-Muslim animus. The Supreme Court hears the issue in April.
A judge cleared Sgt. Hugh Barry in the fatal 2016 shooting of bat-wielding, mentally ill Deborah Danner, 66. Her death became a flash point in the national, racially charged debate over whether police officers are too quick to shoot people and whether they are adequately trained in dealing with people suffering from severe mental illness.
Former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, was charged with premeditated murder after 17 people were killed at a high school in Parkland, Fl., in an affluent area of Broward County. A fellow student recalled Cruz as withdrawn and having “a lot of anger management issues.”
The National Rifle Association calls it “the most popular rifle in America.” It is used by mass shooters because of a copy-cat mentality. “Thank God they don’t know any better because if they did they would use much more effective weapons,” one expert says.
Many oft-cited statistics disregard forms of school violence that may not have involved guns but are similar to shootings in intention or impact, says The Atlantic. The messiness of counting school shootings contributes to sensationalizing or oversimplifying a modern trend of mass violence in the U.S. based on information is confusing at best and inaccurate at worst.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) hit back hard at Attorney General Jeff Sessions after his former colleague launched a pre-emptive strike on his criminal justice bill. The legislation, which Grassley has worked on for more than two years, is expected to win committee approval Thursday. It faces a tough climb to the Senate floor amid reluctance from GOP leaders and conservative resistance.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was open to re-examining Pell grants for prisoners, which were banned in the 1994 crime law passed under President Bill Clinton. If reinstated, millions of dollars would be made available to eligible students in the prison population of 1.5 million.