Jul 16, 2019

Charlottesville car attack: Heather Heyer's killer gets 2nd life sentence

A memorial for Heather Heyer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A Virginia judge told a self-professed neo-Nazi Monday while sentencing him to a second life prison term for killing a woman by driving his car into counter-protesters, "What you did was an act of terror," Reuters reports.

Details: Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore upheld a jury's December recommendation to sentence James Alex Fields Junior to life plus 419 years for killing Heather Heyer, 32, and for 8 counts of malicious wounding and a hit-and-run offense over the incident at a 2017 far-right rally in the city.

The big picture: A federal judge sentenced the 22-year-old in June to life in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crimes in a plea deal in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge that could've led to the death penalty, per NPR.

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Cyntoia Brown released from prison in Tennessee

Cyntoia Brown was released from a Tennessee prison Wednesday after the 31-year-old served 15 years of a life sentence handed down when she was 16 for killing a man who purchased her for sex in a trafficking scheme, the state's Department of Corrections said.

Why it matters: Brown was granted clemency by former Gov. Bill Haslam in January. Her case highlighted how the U.S. is the only nation in the world where minors can be sentenced to prison for life without parole, spurring celebrity support that brought attention to her story and changes to juvenile sentencing laws in Tennessee.

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Federal judge upholds Trump's expansion of non-ACA health plans

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A D.C. federal judge upheld Friday the Trump administration's expansion of insurance plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act — a key part of its health care agenda.

The big picture: The Department of Health and Human Services last year allowed consumers to keep barebones, lightly regulated "short-term" health insurance for up to three years — longer than than the Obama administration had allowed. HHS does have the legal authority to change those limits as it sees fit, Judge Richard Leon ruled today.

Keep ReadingArrowJul 19, 2019

Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation

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After nearly two years, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation netted 199 criminal charges, 37 indictments or guilty pleas, and 5 prison sentences.

Driving the news: Mueller will make his much-hyped appearance before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees on Wednesday, but neither party expects to learn anything new from his testimony, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.

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