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Legal experts praise Jackson as Senate committee wraps up nomination hearings

Legal experts praised Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in her final day of Senate hearings on Thursday, with a top lawyers’ group saying its review found she has a “sterling” reputation, “exceptional” competence and is well qualified to sit on the ...

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Supreme Court blocks NJ from leaving port watchdog

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked the state of New Jersey from withdrawing from a bistate commission formed in the 1950s to investigate corruption at the New York region’s ports. The court’s order sided with the state of ...

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SUNY Brockport talk by man convicted in cop deaths moved online

BROCKPORT — A talk by a former Black Panther who was imprisoned for nearly 50 years for killing two New York City police officers will be moved online to help “mitigate any potential security concerns,” officials at the college that ...

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Jackson heading for likely confirmation to Supreme Court despite GOP darts

WASHINGTON — Federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced down a barrage of Republican questioning Wednesday about her sentencing of criminal defendants, as her history-making bid to join the Supreme Court veered from lofty constitutional questions to attacks on her motivations ...

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US plan aims to end racial, ethnic bias in home appraisals

Vice President Kamala Harris announced a plan Wednesday intended to end racial and ethnic discrimination in the appraisal of home values, part of a broader federal effort to address a wealth gap that systemic inequality has perpetuated. The plan contains ...

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Don’t blame bail reform for higher crime, NYC watchdog says

NEW YORK — Two years into New York’s bold quest to eliminate pretrial incarceration for most crimes, state officials are considering abandoning some bail reforms — and locking up more people upon arrest — amid public pressure to curb rising ...

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