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Judge blocks “Stop WOKE Act” peddled by Florida Gov. DeSantis
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Judge blocks “Stop WOKE Act” peddled by Florida Gov. DeSantis

A judge in Florida declared today that a state law dubbed the "Stop WOKE Act" restricts race-based discussions in business and education was unconstitutional. In a 44-page ruling, Tallahassee U.S. District Chief Judge Mark Walker said the so-called "Stop WOKE Act" violates the First Amendment and vague in language. He also declined to issue a stay, which would allow the law to remain in effect if appealed by the state, reported the Associated Press. The controversial law, pushed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, takes aim at ideology that argues racism is systemic in U.S. institutions. The judge said it's applied to diversity, inclusion and bias training in businesses, the "Stop WOKE Act" turns the First Amendment "upside down" because the state is muzzling speech by restricting the certa...
Las Vegas police union wants Black judge to resign after comments made about cops
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Las Vegas police union wants Black judge to resign after comments made about cops

A Las Vegas police union is calling for a Black judge to resign for giving cautionary advice about police to a defendant in court who is a Black man. The controversy began after a video circulated of Clark County District Court Judge Erika Ballou making comments on the bench to the defendant on Monday.   In the video, she says, in part: “You’re the one making the decisions not to walk away from cops. You’re a Black man in America. You know you don’t want to be nowhere where cops are… You know you don’t want to be nowhere where cops are cause I know I don’t, and I’m a middle-aged, middle-class Black woman. I don’t want to be around where the cops are because I don’t know if I’m going to walk away alive or not.” Ballou became a judge in January of 2021. She was previously a publ...
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Black man who sued electric car maker for racial abuse rejects $15 million award after judge slashes it by nearly 90%

A Black contractor who sued a popular electric car maker over claims of racial abuse on the job has rejected a $15 million payout after the judge trimmed the $137 million award by 89%. The man sued the manufacturer after he claimed he was subjected to racial slurs and harassment by his colleagues in 2015 and 2016. Following a 7-day trial in San Francisco, the jury agreed. The man who won the lawsuit was awarded $137 million in damages. The judge said the payout was excessive so he cut the award — significantly. Earlier this month, the judge told the man’s attorneys that the plaintiff had two weeks to accept or reject the award and that he could not appeal the decision. The judge reportedly said the man didn’t identify a “controlling question of law” that warrants appealing the decision....