Tag: courts

Prosecutors ask for 96 years for Van Dyke

CHICAGO — Prosecutors told a court that they want Jason Van Dyke to serve at least 96 years for the murder of Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Monday. Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of of aggravated battery, one count for each shot, in Chicago on Oct. 8. From the…

Mutual of Omaha will now cover PrEP after lawsuit

BOSTON — The Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company will now cover pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prescriptions for their clients. The announcement came from GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defender (GLAD). From GLAD: The parties have reached a settlement in the lawsuit Doe v. Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company (United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts)…

IDOC denies abuse allegations in transgender inmate’s lawsuit

BELLEVILLE — The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) has denied abuse allegations made in a transgender inmate’s lawsuit on Monday. The Belleville News-Democrat reported Wednesday that IDOC had responded to a lawsuit filed by Deon “Strawberry” Hampton. She sued to be moved to a women’s correctional facility. She has been moved to several men’s prisons…

Civil rights orgs urge court to accept appeal of man who may have received death sentence because he’s gay

ST. LOUIS — Six civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Lambda Legal, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and National LGBT Bar Association, filed an amici brief today urging the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the appeal of Charles…

Justice Kennedy to retire from SCOTUS

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced early Wednesday afternoon that he would retire, effective July 31. “It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court,” Kennedy, who is stepping down July 31, said in…