Category Archive for: justice

SCOTUS Blocks Texas Execution of Disabled Man

The Supreme Court practically foreclosed the possibility that a Texas inmate named Bobby James Moore will be executed, finding Tuesday that Moore is intellectually disabled. Moore was convicted and sentenced to death in 1980 for the shooting death of a store clerk. Though friends and counselors say Moore could not tell time and struggled with…Read More

Defunding Statutory Rape Cover-Up Act Passes House

One of the first bills to pass the Oklahoma House this session would restrict healthcare providers convicted of covering up statutory rape from receiving state dollars for five years. House Floor Leader Jon Echols authored House Bill 2591 which creates the Defunding Statutory Rape Cover-Up Act. Continue reading…

Senate Passes ‘Religious Test’ Resolution on Knights of Columbus

The Senate yesterday passed a resolution saying it would be “unconstitutional” to consider membership in the Knights of Columbus a disqualifying criteria for public office. The resolution passed by unanimous consent, meaning it went unopposed by senators of either party. The Jan. 16 resolution was drafted and introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) in response…Read More

Trump Reauthorizes Funding to Combat Human Trafficking

Nationwide efforts to confront human trafficking received a boost in the new year as President Donald Trump signed a bill reauthorizing federal expenditures for prevention and assistance programs across the federal government. The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act allows $430 million in federal funds for trafficking prevention and education, victim protection…Read More