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Bookman: Two stories of vows taken and vows broken, of boundaries crossed, trust shattered

This is a recipe for chaos:

Take the most important legal case in our state’s history, “Donald J. Trump v. State of Georgia,” with stakes so high that the outcome could alter the course of our republic. Toss that into a mixing bowl, then add “Nathan Wade v. Jocelyn Wade,” a case of a very different sort, a case about a marriage gone bad, a case deeply personal and ugly, with stakes that ought to be important only to those involved. Mix thoroughly, and what you have is an unappetizing mess.

Commentary: Trump not immune to prosecution for trying to overturn the 2020 election

In Washington D.C. and in Fulton County, Donald Trump and his attorneys are trying to tell us that as a former president, he cannot be prosecuted for any crimes he may have committed while in office, that under the Constitution he enjoys absolute immunity.

Analysis: It’s uncertain if push to ‘Stop Cop City’ got enough valid signers for Atlanta referendum

An effort to block the construction of a new public safety training center in Atlanta through a ballot referendum might have enough valid petition signers to move forward, according to a new analysis from GPB and three partner newsrooms. However, legal and logistical hurdles remain.

Hate crimes are on the rise − but the narrow legal definition makes it hard to charge and convict

Jeannine Bell, Loyola University Chicago With hate crimes, context is everything, and events outside of the United States – like the war between Israel and Hamas – can have far-reaching and potentially tragic consequences. Vermont police arrested a man in Burlington on Nov. 27, 2023, for allegedly shooting three 20-year-old Palestinian American men, seriously wounding them. …

Shows like ‘Scandal’ and ‘Madam Secretary’ inspire women to become involved in politics in real life

Jennifer Hoewe, Purdue University Hillary Clinton famously did not win the 2016 election and become the first female U.S. president. Yet Clinton’s presidential campaign still resonated with many women who have said it made them more likely to get involved in politics. When women run for office, it can inspire other women and girls to become …