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Legal news from Friday, May 22, 2015
by Brittany Felder

A military court in Israel on Thursday ordered Palestinian lawmaker, Khalida Jarrar, be released on bail. Under the terms of her release, she is to pay a 20,000-shekel (USD $5,000) bond with a third-party guarantee. She is to be held three additional days pending a possible appeal. Jarrar, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Michigan on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of six Michigan transgender individuals against Secretary of State Ruth Johnson challenging a state policy that they claim makes it nearly impossible for transgender individuals to change the gender recorded on their driver …

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by Brittany Felder

South Sudan government troops are committing human rights abuses, such as abusing civilians and lighting villages on fire amid ongoing fighting in the region, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. AI has also received reports that South Sudan government troops have committed other atrocities while dressed in civilian clothing such as attacking villages with axes, guns …

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by Dominic Yobbi

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday expressed great concern over potential war crimes being committed by Islamic State (IS) militants in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra. The statement came after members of IS entered the site of Palmyra after seizing the neighboring town. "With the …

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by Colleen Mallick

An 84-year old attorney, businessman and political candidate filed a lawsuit in a Tennessee court on Wednesday, challenging a law that makes it a felony for a doctor or another person helps someone commit suicide. John Jay Hooker, who once ran for Tennessee governor and worked for Robert F. Kennedy, said the law violates the state constitution, …

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by Colleen Mallick

More than a year after Qatar's government promised reform for migrant workers, little to no improvement has been made, Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday. The government announced in November that the kafala sponsorship system, which currently limits the rights of foreign workers, is to be replaced with legislation that promotes a new employment …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The State's Attorney for Baltimore City on Thursday announced the indictment of six police officers on charges including murder and manslaughter over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges earlier in May upon receiving the medical examiner's report that ruled Gray's …

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by Laura DeGeer

Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan Chase and UBS were accused …

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