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Legal news from Friday, June 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

New York lawmakers have approved funding for a program to provide lawyers to indigent residents facing deportation hearings. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project was created last year but was only funded at $500,000. Wednesday's vote by the New York City Council expands funding to $4.9 million to greatly expand the program. While …

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by William Hibbitts

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Thursday upheld two Colorado statutes that expanded mandatory background checks and banned high capacity magazines. CRS § 18-12-302 and CRS § 18-12-112 were challenged by a group of individuals and entities who claimed that the laws violated the Second Amendment …

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by Bradley McAllister

The use of lethal Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones poses a risk of putting the US on a "slippery slope" to perpetual war, according to a report published Thursday by the Stimson Center. From a one-year extensive study, the report offers eight recommendations for overhauling UAV strategy including: executing a …

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by Bradley McAllister

A three-man civilian panel in the Jordanian State Security Court on Thursday declared radical preacher Abu Qatada not guilty of terrorism offences relating to an alleged plot in 1998 on the American school in Amman. The court ruled there was insufficient evidence to find Qatada guilty of terrorism …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Senior UN officials urged the international community on Thursday to end the practice of torture in celebration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. "As we honour the victims on this International Day, let us pledge to strengthen our efforts to eradicate this heinous practice," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was sentenced to death after killing her abusive …

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