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Gavel Drop: Judge Rules David Daleiden Is No Journalist

Jessica Mason Pieklo & Imani Gandy

A federal judge ruled Friday that nope, David Daleiden was not engaging in "journalism" when he concocted the video smear campaign against Planned Parenthood; plus more legal news.

Welcome to Gavel Drop, our roundup of legal news, headlines, and head-shaking moments in the courts.

A federal judge ruled Friday that nope, David Daleiden was not engaging in “journalism” when he concocted the video smear campaign against Planned Parenthood; the judge extended an injunction blocking the release of any more videos by the Center for Medical Progress.

Republicans are back to playing games with judicial nominations over abortion rights. Shocking, right?

An Ohio Supreme Court case has at its center the state’s directive on clearing its rape kit testing backlog.

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A new book, Defenders of the Unborn, traces the “progressive roots of the pro-life movement” prior to Roe v. Wade. The Atlantic has this review.

ProPublica has this look on broken-windows policing and how it is driving New Yorkers from their homes, despite the fact many have done nothing wrong.

The Flint water emergency is just one of many pollution disasters around the country. As far as setting a precedent in terms of what’s next for afflicted homeowners, this situation in West Virginia doesn’t sound good.

Poor and Black lawyers lack work ethic, says this guy, whom nobody asked.

Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law, HB 2, has already created a reproductive rights crisis. But if and when the Zika virus takes hold stateside, we will have a full-blown humanitarian emergency.

A group of Jehovah’s Witnesses is arguing they have a religious right to keep reports of child abuse within their congregation from secular authorities, like the police, because involving the justice system interferes with their ministering to their flock. Umm, what?

This story is both utterly horrifying and not at all surprising: 13 people who supervised state prisoners in Arizona have been charged with felonies for having sex or sexual contact with an inmate or parolee, but thanks to a deal with prosecutors, none will serve any time.

When you think the brutality Black people face at the hands of police in this country can’t get worse, it does. A Chicago police officer is suing the family of the teen he fatally shot, arguing their wrongful death lawsuit against him caused the officer severe emotional trauma.

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