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Cardi B, Vaccine Mandates and More Top January Verdicts

From a YouTuber attacking Cardi B’s character to vaccine mandates in the workplace, here are some notable verdicts from January.

COVID Vaccine.jpegMost Presidential Verdict: SCOTUS Hands Biden Admin Win and Loss in Vaccine Mandate Case

The Supreme Court blocked President Joe Biden’s large-employer vaccine or testing mandate, which was passed in the wake of a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases, according to an article from The New York Times. The ruling did, however, uphold the administration’s mandate for workers in healthcare facilities that receive federal dollars. The court voted 6-3 in rejecting the broader mandate and 5-4 with respect to healthcare facilities.

Most Educational Verdict: Missouri School District Challenges Ruling After Jury Sides with Transgender Former Student

The Blue Springs School District in Missouri is seeking a new trial after a jury levied a $4 million penalty against the district for its treatment regarding a transgender student, according to an article from the Kansas City Star. The lawsuit stems from instances in which former student R.J. Appleberry was denied use of male-only locker rooms and bathrooms despite identifying as a male student. However, attorneys representing the district argue the student “failed to prove he was of the male sex.”

Most Celebrity Verdict: Cardi B Successful in Defamation Case Against YouTuber Who Called Her a Prostitute

Recording artist Cardi B won a defamation case against YouTube content creator Latasha Kebe, after accusing the internet personality of launching a “malicious campaign” to damage the star’s reputation, according to an article from Billboard. As such, a federal jury awarded Cardi B more than $1 million. Among some of the claims Kebe made include that the rap star worked as a prostitute, contracted herpes, was unfaithful to her husband and engaged in hard drug use.

Most Racial Verdict: Connecticut Supreme Court Rejects Debunked Social Science Theory Used in Sentencing of Young Black Men

The Connecticut Supreme Court tossed out convicted kidnapper Keith Belcher’s 60-year sentence since it was rooted in the now-debunked social “superpredator” theory, according to an article from a The Connecticut Mirror. The theory, which no longer carries any academic credibility, alleged a group of young Black men with “no regard for human life” who would perpetuate violent crimes would rise to terrorize the nation. Belcher will be resentenced for a 1993 sexual assault, robbery, kidnapping and burglary conviction as a result of the ruling.

Most International Verdict: Assange Extradition Hangs in the Balance as U.K. Supreme Court Reviews 'Assurances' Package

Julian Assange will be allowed to appeal his extradition to the U.S., and as such the U.K. Supreme Court will hear the matter, according to an article from The Wall Street Journal. Assange, who founded WikiLeaks, has been accused of espionage. The U.K. court will consider a narrow question regarding assurances related to Assange’s treatment upon returning, but a full appeal of the extradition is possible as well. 

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