Texas Judge Lela Mays of Dallas County Criminal District Court has strongly recommended that Randy Halprin, a Jewish member of the so-called Texas Seven who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2003 for his role in the killing of a police officer, be granted a new trial because of the blatant racism and antisemitism that she said the trial judge had displayed.
Acting on a suit brought by the Biden administration, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pitman has blocked the new Texas law that uses the prospect of private lawsuits to enforce a ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. The decision was immediately appealed by the state of Texas and could now wind up at the Supreme Court.
A case in which a devout Muslim prison inmate objected to being strip-searched by a transgender prison guard who identifies as male, but who he considered female because of his religious beliefs, is testing what Wisconsin considers more important: the inmate’s religious beliefs or the guard’s right to be treated the same as his cisgender colleagues.
Attorneys representing Texas Right to Life agreed to a temporary restraining order blocking the group and its members from filing lawsuits against abortion providers under the state’s harsh new anti-abortion law.
Judge Joel Yates has sentenced Cristhian Bahena Rivera to life in prison without parole in the abduction and killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, three years after she disappeared while out for an evening run. Rivera’s lawyers say his confession was coerced.
Texas could become the first state in decades to ban most abortions if a federal court allows a law called SB8, which puts a $10,000 “bounty” on the head of abortion providers and anyone else who helps a woman obtain an abortion past roughly six weeks’ gestation. Private citizens will be able to sue those who “aid and abet” women in exercising this constitutional right.