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Legal news from Tuesday, April 28, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Eight convicted drug smugglers were executed in Indonesia early Wednesday despite international criticism and pleas for clemency. Among those executed by firing squad were Australian nationals Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, part of the so-called "Bali Nine," who were arrested in 2005 for recruiting seven others to smuggle heroin from Indonesia into Australia. Also executed Wednesday were …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on same-sex marriage. The court heard two-and-half hours of oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, which was consolidated with three other cases. The first question before the court was "Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a …

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by Kimberly Bennett

A UN independent board of inquiry announced Monday that it uncovered evidence that at least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at UN locations during last year's Gaza war. The investigation also found that at least 227 Palestinians were injured. In response to the findings, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated [UN News …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Amnesty International (AI) USA Executive Director Steven Hawkins on Tuesday urged Baltimore police to exercise restraint during protests, prioritize non-violent means and limit the use of force. The statement comes amid protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Hawkins also addressed the right to protest and peacefully …

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