News Briefs


• Linda Brown Thompson, the renowned “Brown” in the Brown v. Board of Education case that turned America’s segregated schools into diverse communities, passed away at 75 in Topeka, KS, on March 25, according to NPR.

• The U.S. Justice Department has issued new quotas for immigration judges that will evaluate their performance based on how quickly cases can be closed, according to the Wall Street Journal. The judges are expected to speed the court processes up to decrease backlog at the immigration courts, which allows people that will be deported “a chance to linger,” according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

• A Florida International University student, who barely escaped being crushed to death by a falling pedestrian bridge, filed a lawsuit March 29 against the construction and engineering companies that erected the structure, according to NBC News.

Richard Humble’s best friend Alexa Duran was killed when the bridge collapsed on the SUV they were in. Humble has claimed the firms were negligent in the lawsuit. Duran, 18, was one of the six people killed on March 15 when the 950-ton walkway connecting the FIU campus in Miami with the neighboring city of Sweetwater suddenly fell.

• The top federal prosecutor in Utah is now working with the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate a slew of concerns raised in recent months by Republican lawmakers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions disclosed in a letter to Congress.

In the letter, Sessions names an attorney to investigate further, but does not appoint a second special counsel to lead the inquiry. The president, several Republicans and Fox’s Judge Jeanine have voiced strong support for appointing a second special counsel.

• Police in Indianapolis, are in shock after responding to a shooting early on the morning of March 29 that took the life of a 1-year-old girl. The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. at a home on the northeast side of the city.

“Indianapolis Metro Police Sgt. Chris Wiburn was emotional as he spoke to ABC affiliate WRTV at the scene,” according to ABC News. Police said at least 12 people were inside the home, including another baby, when someone fired shots into the home from the street. A 19-year-old woman was also shot, but police said she is expected to recover.

• The adult-film star, Stormy Daniels, continues her efforts to get out of the nondisclosure agreement with President Donald Trump over an alleged sexual encounter, but a California judge rejected her request for an expedited jury trial, according to ABC News.

Daniels filed legal papers asking for a jury trial within 90 days of a judge’s order and the opportunity to depose President Trump and Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal attorney who acknowledged paying the adult-film star $130,000 less than two weeks before the 2016 election. U.S. District Court S. James Otero called Daniels’ request for depositions and a speedy trial “untimely” and “premature.”

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