WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the now $65 billion-a-year program. They sent a stream of what they thought were routine requests for information to Washington. Government officials eventually sent back some information about the hundreds of thousands of stores nationwide where the food program’s participants could use their benefits. But the government withheld information reporters saw as crucial: how much each store received annually from the program. Trying to get that data has taken the paper more than eight years and landed it at the Supreme Court, which will hear the case Monday. Argus Leader news director Cory Myers, who directs a staff of 18 at the Sioux Falls paper, says getting the … [Read more...] about Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court
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Rep. Devin Nunes filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, claiming Twitter, two parody accounts and a Republican political consultant violated the First Amendment and defamed him. In addition to $250 million in damages, Nunes demands that the social media platform disclose the identities behind the anonymous accounts that have caused him particular suffering, according to the suit: "Devin Nunes' Mom" and "Devin Nunes' Cow." The suit, filed in state court, alleged violations of Virginia's law against insults. It also brought claims against Twitter for conspiracy and negligence. The tech company, the Republican from California said, "intended to generate and proliferate false and defamatory statements" about him. Its failure to police mean tweets, puns and memes, posted by accounts purporting to be his mother and cow, caused him "extreme pain and suffering." Since filing, Nunes has been ridiculed, and the case has been labeled by experts who spoke to The Washington Post as, in all likelihood, … [Read more...] about Analysis: Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and a satirical cow over mean tweets. Does he have a case?
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider Virginia’s plea to reinstate the life-without-parole sentence of a man who as a teenager participated in sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002. The justices said they will take up the state’s appeal in the case of Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he and John Allen Muhammad fatally shot 10 people in Maryland, Virginia and Washington. Malvo was sentenced to life-without-parole terms in Virginia and in Maryland. Muhammad, who was 41 at the time of the shootings, was sentenced to death and was executed in 2009. Malvo was sentenced to four life terms for crimes he committed in Virginia. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled last year that while Malvo’s … [Read more...] about DC-area sniper shootings case to have Supreme Court hearing
By Massarah Mikati and Gabrielle Banks Updated 8:15 am CST, Friday, December 28, 2018 India Landry, 18, at a news conference outside the federal courthouse in Houston on July 19, 2018, as her attorney Randall L. Kallinen announces her lawsuit will move forward. The Landry family sued Cypress-Fairbanks ISD after India was expelled for sitting during the pledge of allegiance. less India Landry, 18, at a news conference outside the federal courthouse in Houston on July 19, 2018, as her attorney Randall L. Kallinen announces her lawsuit will move forward. The Landry family sued ... more Photo: Gabrielle Banks / Houston Chronicle Photo: Gabrielle Banks / Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 India Landry, 18, at a news conference outside the federal courthouse … [Read more...] about Attorney: Cy-Fair ISD settles Pledge of Allegiance case with student
By Gabrielle Banks Updated 9:20 am CST, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 David Adler, a former CIA case officer, is a veteran Houston defense attorney who recently won a service award from the Southern District of Texas for overseeing a group of defense lawyers for indigent clients. Adler recollects some of his experiences at his office, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Houston. less David Adler, a former CIA case officer, is a veteran Houston defense attorney who recently won a service award from the Southern District of Texas for overseeing a group of defense lawyers for indigent clients. ... more Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer / Staff Photographer Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 David Adler, a former CIA … [Read more...] about Houston lawyer and ex-CIA officer champions indigent defense in federal court