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It may seem silly to ask a spy to register as a spy. Their operations after that point wouldn't be so covert, would they? But under federal law, acting as a foreign agent without first telling the Attorney General can get you 10 years in prison.

Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina is hoping a new plea agreement can lessen that possible penalty. Butina has been charged with working in the U.S. at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government, using ties to the NRA and other conservative groups to advance Russian political interests. All without registering first.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to two criminal charges as part of a plea deal that includes his cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Manafort admitted to conspiring to defraud the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice, and could be facing up to 10 years in prison.

What Manafort may tell Mueller and his team as part of the plea deal remains unclear, but you can see the plea, along with an extensive description of Manafort's crimes, below.

Given that carrying and using a cell phone is pretty much a requirement of participation in modern society, and that the amount of data phone companies can collect via the towers our phones are constantly "pinging" for a signal, the location data of our phones can provide quite the window into our daily lives. And if law enforcement wants to peek through that window, they need a warrant according to the Supreme Court.

Today, the Court ruled that police must obtain a warrant to get a phone's location information from cell towers, in certain circumstances. But not every justice agreed with the majority. You can read all the Supreme Court's reasoning right here.

The New York Police Department settled another lawsuit involving widespread surveillance of Muslim communities in New York, New Jersey, and beyond. The spying program, which spanned a decade and targeted hundreds of individuals, businesses, and mosques, failed to produce a single, actionable lead in a criminal investigation.

It did, however, consist of several constitutional violations, which the NYPD has promised to correct under the settlement, as well as compensate victims monetarily. You can read the full settlement, along with the allegations, below.

Nearly four years after Orange County's comprehensive jailhouse snitch program came to light, the American Civil Liberties Union is suing in an attempt to finally end it. For decades, sheriff's department personnel have cooperated with the district attorney's office in placing well-groomed informants next to unsuspecting criminal defendants in an effort to extract incriminating information.

The only problem is that these efforts likely violated those defendants' constitutional rights, and those involved are accused of lying under oath to keep the entire program concealed. You can see the ACLU's lawsuit below.

In August, President Donald Trump pardoned former 'America's Toughest Sheriff' Joe Arpaio following his conviction for criminal contempt. Arpaio had "willfully violated" a court order barring he and his staff from racial profiling and other forms of unconstitutional policing.

But yesterday, a federal judge in Arizona ruled that, while Trump's pardon of Arpaio may have spared him from corporeal punishment, it doesn't warrant vacating his underlying conviction. You can see the judge's ruling below:

For years we've been noting state after state decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana, from cannabinoids for medical use only to recreational use, all with one big caveat: marijuana remains an illegal Schedule I narcotic under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This had a huge impact on state legalization efforts, from cultivation and transportation across state lines to canna-businesses getting bank accounts.

But that might all be changing. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker today introduced the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, which would remove weed from the schedule of controlled substances and do a whole lot more. What else is in the bill? See for yourself below.

One of the precepts of the rule of law is that the laws apply to everyone equally. And the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S Constitution prohibits states from denying "any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." So when you have a law that only applies to women (like, for instance, Fort Collins's statute saying, "No female who is ten (10) years of age or older shall knowingly appear in any public place with her breast exposed below the top of the areola and nipple"), that might be a red flag that a law doesn't apply to everyone.

The good people at Free the Nipple sued Fort Collins, claiming the law discriminated against women. And a federal judge found that the group was likely to win their case and granted them an injunction to keep the city from enforcing the law. You can see that order below.

Fortunately for all involved, Edgar M. Welch surrendered to police before anyone was injured. Still, the man who took it upon himself to find out whether a popular Washington D.C. pizza restaurant was a front for a child sex slavery ring committed very real and very dangerous crimes even if the basis of his investigation was fake news.

In the criminal complaint, filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and included below, you can see the crimes Welch is charged with, along with an account of his arrest and what he told officers regarding his motives.

Hamas, the Palestinian political group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, apparently has a fairly robust Facebook presence. According to a recent lawsuit filed against the social media leviathan, Hamas leaders, spokesmen, and members maintained official Facebook accounts openly and with little or no interference.

That same lawsuit is asking for $10 billion from Facebook, for allegedly providing "material support" to Hamas, who the plaintiffs believe killed their relatives in terrorist attacks in Israel over the past two years. So do social media accounts constitute material support of terrorism? And does Facebook have any other defense? Take a look at the full lawsuit below.