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The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a portion of federal law that requires the deportation of legal immigrants who have committed a “crime of violence“ is unconstitutionally vague.

Why it matters: For the first time, Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with the more liberal judges. Per CNN, he was "continuing the jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia, who also sided with liberals when it came to the vagueness of statutes used to convict criminal defendants."

The ruling does not protect immigrants who committed serious crimes from deportation, but calls for a more clear definition of what constitutes a “crime of violence.”

A quick analysis from Leon Fresco, a former Deputy Assistant A.G. at the DOJ’s Office of Immigration Litigation:

"In the end, the Court made the right decision in recognizing that, if it takes you more than 3 minutes to explain legally why someone committed a deportable offense, it is probably not fair to treat them as an aggravated felon with no possible avenue for relief from removal."

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President Trump on Friday evening commuted the sentence of his longtime associate Roger Stone, according to two senior administration officials. Stone in February was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crimes including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress.

Why it matters: The controversial move brings an abrupt end to the possibility of Stone spending time behind bars. He had been scheduled to report to prison on July 14.

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13 states this week surpassed records set just last week for their highest number of coronavirus infections in a single day, according to the COVID Tracking Project and state health department data. 16 states in total reported new highs.

The big picture: The United States' alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn't just due to increased testing — particularly where the number of cases has grown fastest over the last month, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Caitlin Owens report.

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