Activists block roads ahead of former Catalan leaders’ trial

Activists sets tires ablaze to block the highway between Girona and Barcelona as twelve former Catalan leaders go on trial at Spain’s Supreme Court for their role in a failed 2017 bid to break away from Spain. IMAGES

Prosecutors seek new sentence in Van Dyke case

Illinois’ attorney general says he’s asking the state Supreme Court to order a new sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald. (Feb. 11)

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Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion law

The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. (Feb. 8)

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The Legal Race Around Abortion Rights In America (HBO)

It’s the first opportunity for the two newest justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, to participate in a decision that would send a powerful message to state lawmakers – about whether or not this more conservative Supreme Court will uphold abortion rights precedent going forward. VICE News looks at the shifting strategies at the state and federal level as legislators and litigators prepare for the possibility that Roe v. Wade could actually be overturned.

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Trump arrives in House chamber for SOTU address

President Donald Trump arrives at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his State of the Union speech. He is joined in the House Chamber by a handful of Supreme Court justices, his family members and members of Congress. (Feb. 5)

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Today in History for February 5th

(5 Feb 2019) Highlights of this day in history: FDR plans to ‘pack’ the Supreme Court; Byron de la Beckwith convicted of killing civil rights leader Medgar Evers; The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premieres; William S. Burroughs and Hank Aaron born. (Feb. 5)

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What It’s Like To Apply To Ivy Leagues Under The Cloud Of The Harvard Admissions Lawsuit (HBO)

Three of the highest performing seniors at Glen Ridge High School in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, are involved in so many extracurriculars, they all lost count when asked to recite them. They’re ranked among the top 10 in a grade that’s placed over a third of its students in the National Honor Society.

Despite the students’ impressive qualifications, they began to worry about their applications to elite colleges. An ongoing lawsuit challenging the consideration of race in admissions could harm the use of affirmative action in education. And the seniors — Ryan Henry, Ethan Che, and Cadmus Cai — are all non-white.

The litigation, brought by a group called Students for Fair Admissions, argues that Harvard University has negatively stereotyped Asian applicants and held them to higher test standards and tougher personality assessments. The constitutionality and value of affirmative action has repeatedly held up in the courts, but if the lawsuit reaches the now conservative-majority Supreme Court, the decision could alter the way all colleges consider diversity in admissions.

VICE News documented the experiences of the three students as they grappled with the lawsuit’s potential effects and the stress of early action application deadlines.

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Attorney general seeks to bar Guaido from leaving Venezuela

Venezuela’s attorney general says he asked the Supreme Court to bar Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed acting president and opposition leader, from leaving the country and to freeze his assets. SOUNDBITE

Pakistan top court to rule on call for appeal against Asia Bibi

The fate of a Christian woman enmeshed in a years-long blasphemy row could finally be decided, when Pakistan’s Supreme Court will decide whether to allow an appeal against its decision to acquit Asia Bibi. IMAGES outside Supreme Court