The USA Liberty Act’s primary reform is an effort to address the so-called “backdoor search loophole” by requiring U.S. officials to obtain a warrant before accessing the content of Americans’ communications in criminal cases, unless the government’s primary purpose was to obtain foreign intelligence information.
Local voter advocacy groups secured a temporary restraining order preventing the Texas Secretary of State from disclosing voter data, which would have violated state law that protects the privacy of Texans.
Senate Judiciary Committee members reintroduced a criminal justice reform bill which would increase judicial discretion in sentencing, reduce sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders, and expand reentry services for prisoners.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s latest Uniform Crime Report found that the overall crime rate fell for the 15th year in a row in 2016. It also found the national murder rate increased, due in part to upticks in cities like Chicago.
Civil rights and voting rights groups filed a motion asking for the full Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to review the merits of Texas’ appeal from a lower court ruling that the state’s voter ID law was passed with the intent to discriminate.