Arrest Arpaio, not the people! Racist Trump-supporting sheriff, accused of targeting Latinos, is charged with criminal contempt

“Federal prosecutors on Monday charged Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County with criminal contempt of court, saying he willfully defied a judge’s orders to stop targeting Latinos — including citizens and legal immigrants — in traffic stops and other law enforcement efforts, behavior the judge said showed a pattern of discriminatory policing,” The New York Times reports.

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Protest over North Carolina's HB 2

NCAA moves championship events out of North Carolina, citing anti-LGBT law

Breaking from The New York Times: “The National Collegiate Athletic Association said on Monday that it would relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year because of concerns over laws passed by the state that it said violated the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.”

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Protest over North Carolina's HB 2

North Carolina Republicans, U.S. Department of Justice file dueling lawsuits over HB 2

The fight over HB 2 North Carolina’s discriminatory new law targeting transgender individuals, has escalated after Republican Governor Pat McCrory and his legislative cohorts filed a lawsuit against the federal government seeking a determination that HB 2 does not violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Department of Justice promptly responded with its own lawsuit asserting that HB 2 *does* violate the Civil Rights Act. Justice is asking for an injunction to block HB 2 from being enforced.

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Law enforcement upset with right wing over its attempts to allow and encourage people to carry guns everywhere

“In more than a dozen states with long traditions of robust support for gun ownership rights, and where legislatures have moved to relax gun laws during the past year, the local police have become increasingly vocal in denouncing the measures. They say the new laws expose officers to greater danger and prevent them from doing their jobs effectively,” The New York Times reports.

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Death chamber

U.S. Supreme Court rules Florida’s system for sentencing people to death unconstitutional

In a nearly unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a Florida law that has given judges the final say over who is put to death is unconstitutional. Juries must decide whether a person is sentenced to death, the Court said, with only Justice Samuel Alito dissenting. Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog has more on the ruling.

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