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Late update 6:01 p.m.: The City of Baltimore has terminated its contract with Allen, the New York Daily News reported.

“None of the historical facts and alleged facts recently publicized about Mr. Allen’s political views and affiliations were disclosed or discussed when his contract was agreed to,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's office said in a statement. “The Law Department does not as a general practice question it’s [sic] hired or contract attorneys about their political views."

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A lawyer recently hired by the city of Baltimore to defend police in a wrongful murder conviction suit has ties to a neo-Nazi group, according to an investigation from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published on Wednesday.

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Khalid Jabara knew that he had reason to fear his next-door neighbor.

Jabara's family, who immigrated to the United States from Lebanon, felt that their neighbor, Stanley Vernon Majors, had targeted them for years with ethnic slurs and frivolous calls to the police. The tension peaked last September in a violent hit-and-run attack on matriarch Haifa Jabara outside the family’s Tulsa, Oklahoma home, for which Majors was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, among other charges.

So when Khalid Jabara learned on Friday evening that Majors had come into possession of a gun, he called the police to report his concerns.

Officers came to Jabara’s East Avenue residence, surveyed the scene, and left, unable to make contact with Majors. Eight minutes later, police said Majors repeatedly shot Jabara on his front porch while he collected the mail.

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Texas has decided that it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a major appeals court ruling against its voter ID law.

"To protect the integrity of voting in the State of Texas, our office will appeal the Voter ID ruling of the Fifth Circuit to the United States Supreme Court,” Marc Rylander, a spokesman for state Attorney General Ken Paxton, said in a statement Tuesday.

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A years-long and heated legal fight over Texas' voter ID law -- believed to be among the harshest in the nation when it was passed in 2011-- has culminated with the state agreeing to weaken the law ahead of November's election.

In a court filing Wednesday the state and its opponents in the high-profile lawsuit, including the Department of Justice, outlined the terms they had agreed to for softening the law for the November election. Last month, a majority of the justices on the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Texas law, and ordered a remedy to be hashed out at the district court level. Wednesday's agreement will now go to U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos for her approval.

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