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Legal news from Wednesday, June 17, 2015
by Matt Belenky

A Bahraini court on Tuesday sentenced prominent Shiite leader Sheikh Ali Salman to four years in prison for insulting the Interior Ministry, inciting others to break the law, and inciting hatred against naturalized Sunnis. Salman is the secretary-general of the Al-Wefaq political opposition group, and was arrested in late December for …

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by Matt Belenky

The European Court of Justice handed down a ruling Tuesday that strengthened the role of the European Central Bank (ECB) in mediating financial markets. The Court upheld the ECB's 2012 offer to purchase the bonds of countries whose governments that would otherwise face high borrowing costs. The Court disagreed with a German group's challenge …

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by Taylor Brailey

The UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday renewed calls for womens and girls to be given equal access to education. A discussion panel held by OHCHR said equal educational rights is way to end discrimination against women that is "so deeply etched in many societies." The panel said gender …

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by Emelina Perez

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that food manufacturers will be given three years to remove all partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the main ingredient in artificial trans fat, saying they are no longer "generally recognized as safe." After June 18, 2018 no PHOs can be added to human food unless specifically approved …

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by Emelina Perez

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona issued a pre-trial order Monday accepting another court's finding of racial profiling by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Hearing a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), US District Court Judge Roslyn Silver accepted the finding …

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by Taylor Brailey

The New York Senate on Monday passed a medical marijuana bill that would expedite access to marijuana for emergency medical purposes. The bill, passed by a Republican-led Senate in a 50-12 vote, would allow people with "progressive and degenerative" diseases or whose lives are at risk to have better access to marijuana. Opponents of …

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