Judge: Vanity plate law likely violates First Amendment

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October 4, 2020 | 4:01 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island law allowing the Division of Motor Vehicles to reject vanity license plates that are “offensive to good taste” likely violates the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled.

The judge issued a preliminary injunction Friday in support of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, which gives the DMV administrator the authority to deny vanity plates based on whether he or she thinks they “might carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency.”

The lawsuit was filed in March against Walter Craddock, state DMV administrator, by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island on behalf of Sean Carroll.

Carroll, a Tesla owner, was ordered by the DMV to turn in his plate “FKGAS” or have his registration canceled after the division received a complaint about the plate.

Carroll said the plate was his daughter’s suggestion,

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Duggan says DDOT bus driver strike violates Michigan law



Mike Duggan that is standing in the street: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appears at a press conference on Oct. 3, 2020.


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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appears at a press conference on Oct. 3, 2020.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has responded to the ongoing strike of bus drivers Saturday afternoon, saying he hasn’t “gotten a single complaint or request from the leaders of the drivers union” expanding on their concerns on security in the past four months.

While there are concerns on safety, Duggan said the strike is also in response to the discipline of a driver’s reaction to a passenger not wearing a mask. Because of this, he said, the strike violates contract law.

Detroit bus drivers have been on strike since Friday, saying the Detroit Department of Transportation had failed to protect employees from COVID-19 and assaults. Some of these assaults were over mask-related disputes, with passengers lashing out when being asked to put on protective face-coverings. 

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DDOT bus driver strike violates Michigan law

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan has responded to the ongoing strike of bus drivers Saturday afternoon, saying he hasn’t “gotten a single complaint or request from the leaders of the drivers union” expanding on their concerns on security in the past four months.

While there are concerns on safety, Duggan said the strike is also in response to the discipline of a driver’s reaction to a passenger not wearing a mask. Because of this, he said, the strike violates contract law.

Detroit bus drivers have been on strike since Friday, saying the Detroit Department of Transportation had failed to protect employees from COVID-19 and assaults. Some of these assaults were over mask-related disputes, with passengers lashing out when being asked to put on protective face-coverings. 

“They are fed up with ongoing assaults, threats by angry riders refusing to wear masks, and other safety concerns while (Detroit Department of Transportation) officials are

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Judge rules federal law enforcement commission violates law, orders work stopped as attorney general prepares to issue report

The ruling by Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Bates in Washington came in response to a lawsuit from the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, which sought an injunction against the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice for violating laws on how federal advisory committees must work. Bates did not issue an injunction, but ordered the commission to change its membership and comply with other aspects of the law.

“Especially in 2020,” Bates wrote, “when racial justice and civil rights issues involving law enforcement have erupted across the nation, one may legitimately question whether it is sound policy to have a group with little diversity of experience examine, behind closed doors, the sensitive issues facing law enforcement and the criminal justice system in America today.”

The 18 member commission was composed entirely of state and federal law enforcement officials, with no one from the civil

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EU takes legal action against Britain over U.K. bill that violates Brexit deal, international law

“The heat’s on Donald Trump” after last night’s “We Miss America pageant” in Cleveland, Jimmy Kimmel said on Wednesday’s Kimmel Live. “There were quite a few TV news people who were like, ‘I’ve never seen anything like this,'” he shrugged, but “I’ve been seeing this almost every day for about four years now.”

“Maybe the most egregious lie Trump told is when he said Joe Biden played more golf than he does — Phil Mickelson doesn’t play more golf than he does,” Kimmel said. “Trump attacked Biden’s family” and “refused to commit to accepting the results of the election,” but his lowest moment was “when specifically asked to condemn white supremacy, he wouldn’t.”

“The only thing he avoids more than condemning white supremacists is paying taxes,” Trevor Noah said at The Daily Show. “If you see someone making the same ‘mistake’ over and over again, at some point

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