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• Supreme Court reverses $5 million jury award in case filed by state correctional officers.
• Supreme Court refuses to grant mandamus relief in case where defendant sought to quash deposition subpoena issued to Alfa’s former CEO.
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Thin Blue Line Act: Sen. Sessions' bill goes after those who target cops
Growing concerns over violence directed at law enforcement and first responders is the motivation behind a new bill introduced by Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions. Sessions, along with Sen. Pat Toomney, R-Penn., introduced the Thin Blue Line Act yesterday. The bill would amend the federal criminal code to make the murder or attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, firefighter or other first responder an aggravating factor for juries considering the death penalty for a defendant.
Kentucky clerk Kim Davis met with Pope Francis in US: Reports
The attorney for Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis said she and her husband met with Pope Francis while he was in the U.S. as part of a historic tour.
War womb: The politics of intrusive drug laws on pregnant women
In the war on real drug problems, Alabama law enforcement is reaching into the womb and putting mothers of healthy babies behind bars.
Kevin McCarthy announces run for House speaker
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., officially announced he would run to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in a letter sent to House members that was made public on Monday.
Mobile County Commission approves budget, raises
Mobile County Commission voted to approve the $129.4 million budget on Monday which included a 2.5 percent raise for employees.
Judge delays Mike Hubbard ethics trial until March
Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker today postponed House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics trial until March. Attorneys for Hubbard asked for the delay of the trial, which had been set for Oct. 19.
Mobile County prosecutor appointed district judge
Jill Phillips, an aggressive prosecutor who has helped send four murderers to death row, has a new legal career. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed her on Friday to be the new Mobile County District Court judge. Phillips, a Mobile County Assistant District Attorney, starts the job on Monday.
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