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Legal news from Monday, June 15, 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was allowed to leave South Africa on Monday, despite a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court that he should be kept in the country because of International Criminal Court (ICC) warrants for his arrest. Shortly after he left, the High Court issued its own order …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The world is facing its worst refugee crisis since World War II, Amnesty International (AI) said Monday, calling on world leaders to reform domestic and international policies. AI released a new briefing Monday ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20. The report cites Syria as the world's largest refugee crisis but also calls …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Monday in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians [docket; cert. petition, PDF] on whether tribal courts can hear civil cases involving non-Indian businesses that have contractual agreements with the tribe. The case involves a sexual harassment claim brought in a tribal court by an Indian intern against …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in Walker-McGill v. Stuart [docket; cert. petition, PDF], letting stand a decision blocking North Carolina's abortion ultrasound requirement. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in December affirmed a lower court decision that the Woman's Right to Know Act, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Kerry v. Din that the government's denial of a man's visa application did not violate his wife's constitutional rights. Respondent Fauzia Din, an American citizen from Afghanistan, had sued the US government after her husband, Afghan citizen Kanishka Berashk, was denied a visa in 2009. The …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Monday in Baker Botts v. ASARCO that law firms representing those undergoing bankruptcy proceedings cannot recoup fees incurred when defending the fees they originally charged their client. Under Chapter 11 bankruptcy rules [11 USC §330(a)(1) text], lawyers and others providing services to bankruptcy debtors can receive fees …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday in Mata v. Lynch that a federal appeals court has jurisdiction to review the Board of Immigration Appeals' (BIA) rejection of an alien's motion to reopen his or her case. The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that it had no jurisdiction …

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by Devin Montgomery

An international group of high-ranking military officials and diplomats has found that Israel met or exceeded international standards during its 2014 conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, according to a report from the group published by UN Watch on Friday. The High Level International Military Group traveled to Israel in May and met with a wide …

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