California bishops fighting 2019 clergy sex abuse law

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most California Roman Catholic bishops are asking a judge to throw out a 2019 law that allowed accusers of clergy sexual abuse to sue even if they were molested decades ago.

Motions filed this month in southern and northern superior courts ask judges to rule Assembly Bill 2018 unconstitutional. Among the arguments was the assertion that the amount of time that had passed could make it harder for the defense to gather evidence.

California is one of at least 15 states that have extended the window for people to sue institutions over long-ago abuse, leading to

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California bishops fighting 2019 clergy sex abuse law abuse Bishops California states Law

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Most California Roman Catholic bishops are asking a judge to throw out a 2019 law that allowed accusers of clergy sexual abuse to sue even if they were molested decades ago.

Motions filed this month in southern and northern superior courts ask judges to rule Assembly Bill 2018 unconstitutional. Among the arguments was the assertion that the amount of time that had passed could make it harder for the defense to gather evidence.

California is one of at least 15 states that have extended the window for people to sue institutions over long-ago abuse, leading to thousands of new cases.

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The Cybersecurity 202: International law enforcement took down a leading cybercrime gang

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Emotet is one of the world’s biggest cybercriminal organizations with affiliates around the world including in Ukraine.

Law enforcement shut down Emotet’s “botnet,” a network of infected computers used by criminals to scale up their hacking operations, by knocking out all its servers at once, isolating the infections. Computers were then redirected toward law enforcement-controlled infrastructure.  

This is a unique and new approach to effectively disrupt the activities of the facilitators of cybercrime, Europol said in a news release.

Being able to knock out all the computers at once was key to making sure the network

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As Poland Abortion Law Takes Effect, Women Protest

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WARSAW—Thousands of women took to the streets of Polish cities after an extensive ban on abortion took effect, three months after a court ruled that it was unconstitutional to terminate pregnancies because of fetal abnormalities.

A rights group called Women’s Strike led crowds of people into the streets of Warsaw, Krakow and other cities as the law took effect at midnight, after it was upheld by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal. The ruling, more than 200 pages long, said that allowing abortion because of congenital defects violated the Polish constitution, which protects all human life.

Further protests are planned this week, reflecting

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Detroit expands its expungement program as new law widens eligibility

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 Detroit is expanding its criminal record expungement program, Mayor Mike Duggan announced Thursday.

 Project Clean Slate assists applicants in wiping old criminal records clean. The program is expanding as a new state law, effective April 11, widens the number and types of offenses eligible for expungement.

Duggan lobbied state officials and lawmakers for the expansion.

At a news conference at the Detroit police headquarters downtown, Duggan praised the new law, signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in October, saying old criminal records have been a “huge barrier” to some city residents being able to find employment and improve their lives.

“We

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