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Legal news from Friday, September 25, 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Massachusetts state Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday to repeal a law requiring a driver's license suspension of at least six months for anyone convicted of a drug crime. The law required the driver's license suspension in all circumstances of drug offenses, even if unrelated to vehicle operation. The bill, brought at the initiative …

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by Alexandra Farone

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled 14-2 Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear the case between Bolivia and Chile regarding land-locked Bolivia's access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia argued to the ICJ that Chile failed in its obligation to negotiate in good faith to grant Bolivia "fully sovereign access" to the Pacific, but …

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by Alexandra Farone

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced through his spokesperson Thursday that he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the 2014 disappearance of 43 students from Guerrero. The announcement comes days before the anniversary of the tragedy and shortly after Peña Nieto met with the missing students' families, who have …

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by William Helbling

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Wednesday that the Fifth Amendment protects the right of insider trading suspects to withhold the passcodes to their business cell phones. Defendants were under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for making illegal trades for a …

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by William Helbling

A North Carolina Superior Court judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a case challenging the state's new voter identification requirement. Recently, North Carolina reformed its voter ID law by creating a provision that states that if one has "reasonable impediment" to receiving a state ID then they may have their vote count on …

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by Emelina Perez

A Bolivian legislative committee approved a bill on Tuesday to amend the constitution to extend presidential terms, allowing current President Evo Morales and his vice president to run for a fourth consecutive term in office. The president's party, Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) won a two-thirds majority in the Legislative Assembly during the last elections, where the bill will be …

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by Emelina Perez

Members of the guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government reached an agreement on Wednesday regarding punishing civil rights abuses, a move commended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The two parties met in Cuba after 32 months of negotiations. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also announced …

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