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A federal judge is temporarily blocked portions of a new Florida law that bans transgender minors from receiving puberty blockers. Judge Robert Hinkle says in Tuesday's ruling that “gender identity is real” and the state has no rational basis for denying patients treatment. Hinkle issued a preliminary injunction, saying three transgender children can continue receiving treatment. The lawsuit challenges the law Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed shortly before he announced a run for president. The ruling was narrowly focused on the three children whose parents brought the suit. Attention on the new law has focused on language involving minors. Hinkle’s ruling focuses on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook Britain's Prince Harry gives evidence at the Rolls Buildings in central London, Tuesday, June 6, 2023 during the phone hacking trial against Mirror Group Newspapers (Elizabeth Cook/PA via AP)
The brother of American Scott Johnson says the man who attacked Johnson on a cliff top in Sydney in 1988 deserves no leniency. Scott Phillip White has said he threw a punch at Johnson in an argument, causing him to stagger backward and fall to his death. The cliff top at the time was known as a meeting place for gay men, and the judge who will sentence White is considering whether Johnson's sexuality was the defendant's motive. Steve Johnson said the family's grief was prolonged for decades after White left the scene without calling for help. Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. White will be sentenced Thursday.
The federal trial over Oregon's voter-approved gun control measure started Monday in Portland. The carefully watched trial will determine whether the law violates the U.S. Constitution. The trial comes after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Second Amendment is upending gun laws across the country, sowing confusion over what firearm restrictions can remain on the books. The Oregon Firearms Federation filed the federal lawsuit in November after voters narrowly passed Measure 114. The measure requires residents to undergo safety training and a background check to obtain a permit to buy a gun. It also would ban high-capacity magazines.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has declined a clemency request on behalf of a man who faces execution Tuesday evening for killing two jailers in an ill-fated effort to free someone else from a county jail. Forty-two-year-old Michael Tisius would be the third person in Missouri, and the 12th person nationally, to be executed in 2023. He’s accused of killing officers Leon Egley and Jason Acton in June 2000. The Republican governor said in a statement Monday that "it’s despicable that two dedicated public servants were murdered in a failed attempt to help another criminal evade the law.” Tisius has at least one pending court appeal.
A new lawsuit says a Mississippi law will restrict free speech by requiring people to obtain permission from state law enforcement officials for any protest near state government buildings in the capital city of Jackson. The lawsuit seeks to block the mandate from taking effect July 1. The federal suit was filed Thursday by the Poor People’s Campaign and several other organizations against the two people authorized to issue permits: Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell and the chief of the state-run Capitol Police department, Bo Luckey. The Associated Press sought comment Monday from the Department of Public Safety, and a spokesperson did not immediately respond.
A lawyer for Prince Harry says no event early in his life was too trivial or private for the journalists of Mirror Group Newspapers to resist. Attorney David Sherborne said Monday in the opening of Harry's phone hacking lawsuit that demand for such scoops led to the use of illegal means to dig up dirt. A defense lawyer says there's no evidence Harry's phone was ever hacked. Harry was a no-show at court on the opening day of his case and is expected to testify Tuesday in the High Court. The case is the first of the Duke of Sussex's media lawsuits to go to trial.
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry is going where other British royals haven't for over a century: to a courtroom witness stand.
Donald Trump’s lawyers are demanding that the judge in his New York City criminal case step aside, echoing the former president’s complaints that he’s “a Trump-hating judge” with a family full of “Trump haters.” Trump's lawyers said Friday that Judge Juan Manuel Merchan has shown anti-Trump bias in previous cases related to the businessman-turned-politician. They also say he has a conflict of interest arising from his daughter’s work for some of Trump’s Democratic rivals. The decision on recusal is up to Merchan himself, and judges seldom exit cases over such requests. A message seeking comment was left with Merchan. A court spokesperson said “it would be inappropriate for any further comment” since the case is pending.
A judge says three women who claim Cuba Gooding Jr. sexually abused them can testify at a federal civil trial next week to support a woman's claim that the actor raped her in 2013. Judge Paul A. Crotty wrote Friday that the allegations by the women were relevant for a jury deciding if Gooding raped a woman in his Manhattan hotel room after they met at a bar. The judge ruled in a separate order that the woman will have to reveal her true name at the trial set to start Tuesday. She is identified in court papers only as Jane Doe.