After False Drug Test, He Was in Solitary Confinement for 120 Days – The New York Times

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Hundreds of New York State prisoners were locked in cells, denied release or removed from programs when tests erroneously showed they had used narcotics, according to a lawsuit.
 
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Scott Warren found not guilty by jury in “No More Deaths” case | Tuscan Sentinel

Paul Ingram
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Warren, 37, faced two charges of harboring two men following a January 2018 raid on the ramshackle building known as “the Barn” on the outskirts of Ajo, an unincorporated town surrounded by remote deserts about 110 miles west of Tucson. Warren was first tried earlier this year, but the jury in that case could not reach a decision and the judge declared a mistrial. That left the Trump administration free to press the case against Warren a second time.
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After a short break, Kuykendall spent an hour laying out his own closing arguments, telling the jury, “Being a good samaritan is not against the law, following the golden rule is not a felony.”
He argued that the agents and prosecutors “assumed” that Warren was a smuggler, and that they operated on a “blind assumption” about the practice of humanitarian aid.
“The only way to find Scott guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is to believe the purpose motivating him was to break the law,” Kuykendall said. And, he told the jury that Warren was trying to “prevent suffering and death” in the desert.
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motorola US | unlocked cell phones & moto razr

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2004 just called, your new Razr is ready. For those of you still using flip phones, there is no longer any need to use the “dumb” version.  As of January 1, 2020, Motorola will be selling its reinvented smart Razr flip phone, with an OLED screen, which FOLDS in the center.
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New law lets adoptees obtain their birth certificates in NY–NY POST

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People who were adopted will soon be able to obtain their birth certificates, under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The legislation allows any adoptee upon turning 18 to apply to their local or state health department to get an original copy of their certified birth certificate. Such a request had previously been denied.

That would allow adopted people to figure out who their biological parents are as well as providing valuable information about their family’s medical history.

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The law officially takes effect Jan. 15, 2020, but in the meantime the commissioner of the state health department will be directed to sort out the new rules and regulations for how to comply.

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Trump admin preparing to take over private land in Texas for border wall

By Courtney Kube and Julia Ainsley
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The Trump administration is preparing court filings to begin taking over private land to build its long-promised border wall as early as this week — without confirming how much it will pay landowners first, according to two officials familiar with the process.

Jared Kushner is hosting a meeting with military and administration officials at the White House this Friday, where they are expected to discuss the U.S. government taking over private land to build moresections of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, said two officials.

The commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, is expected to attend, as are two assistant defense secretaries for homeland defense, Kenneth Rapuano and Robert Salesses.

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‘Enormous Victory’: US Judge Rules Suspicionless Searches of Travelers’ Electronic Devices Unconstitutional | Common Dreams News

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“The court reaffirms that the border is not a lawless place and that we don’t lose our privacy rights when we travel.”

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In a development that the Electronic Frontier Foundation declared “an enormous victory for privacy,” a federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that suspicionless searches of travelers’ phones, laptops, and other electronic devices by government agents at U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional.

“This is a great day for travelers who now can cross the international border without fear that the government will, in the absence of any suspicion, ransack the extraordinarily sensitive information we all carry in our electronic devices,” EFF senior staff attorney Sophia Cope said in a statement.

The lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, was filed by EFF, the national ACLU, and ACLU of Massachusetts on behalf of 10 U.S. citizens and one lawful permanent resident who had their devices searched without warrants. The suit named as defendants the Department of Homeland Security and two agencies it oversees–Customs and Border Protection as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Federal judge dismisses Erie County clerk’s legal challenge to Green Light Law – The Buffalo News

Sandra Tan
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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Erie County Clerk Michael “Mickey” Kearns, who sought to prevent New York State from granting driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the state illegally.

Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford, who heard oral arguments last month over his bid for a preliminary injunction, said Kearns does not have legal standing to challenge the law.

“While plaintiff may strenuously disagree with the Green Light Law, he is not the proper party to challenge its legitimacy because he has failed to establish an injury that is recognized under the law,” Wolford wrote in her 32-page decision.

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