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Legal news from Tuesday, June 9, 2015
by Brittany Felder

The families of two Yemeni men who were killed by US drone strikes filed a lawsuit Sunday against the US claiming that the men, Salem bin Ali Jaber and Waleed bin Ali Jaber, were "innocent bystanders" who were wrongfully killed. The lawsuit, which seeks no monetary relief, states that the men were not "likely targets of the strike …

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by Brittany Felder

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Jackson v. San Francisco [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case challenging a San Francisco law requiring gun owners to keep handguns "stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock that has been approved by the California Department of Justice." Opponents of the law …

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by Steven Wildberger

Iranian authorities on Monday arrested Hamid Baghaei, former vice president under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Baghaei's arrest is the second detention of a high-ranking official from the Ahmadinejad administration, as Mohammad Reza Rahimi, another former vice president, was convicted of corruption and embezzlement last year. The recent arrests are part of efforts by President Hassan Rouhani [Bio …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Zivotofsky v. Kerry that the Constitution gives the president the exclusive power to recognize foreign sovereigns. Seeking to have his place of birth listed as "Israel" on his passport, Jerusalem-born Menachem Zivotofsky and his family appealed trial and appeals court decisions that refused to grant his …

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by Valerie Howell

A former police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina, was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on murder charges brought after the April incident in which the officer shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, who was running away from him. The case gained prominence after a video was released in which the graphic …

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by Valerie Howell

The Eritrean government has committed "systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations," according to a report released Monday by a panel of UN investigators. The investigators were denied access to Eritrea but were able to conduct their investigation through confidential interviews and submissions. The report asserts that the Eritrean government, led by President Isaias Afwerki, has …

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