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Legal news from Sunday, September 27, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

Attorneys for a Maryland transgender inmate said Thursday that their client had won relief under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, marking the first such successful challenge. The inmate, Sandy Brown, claimed that guards called her "it" and "some kind of animal" while encouraging her to kill herself. Brown was segregated form the rest of the prison …

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by Dominic Yobbi

France's government on Sunday announced that it has launched its first airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. The attack targeted an IS training camp in order to prevent attacks against French interests in Syria and also to protect Syrian civilians. Up until this point, France had only attacked IS targets in the neighboring …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Attorney General Loretta Lynch of the Department of Justice, announcedon Thursday, that the Department of Justice will fund a 44 million dollar grant to fight human trafficking me. The funds will support the actual fight against human trafficking, support victims, and expand research for human trafficking. One of the grants is 23 million dollars for …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to broaden police authority to search vehicles without a warrant based on probable cause. The ruling, which was decided 5-2, was praised by the state attorney general and others as good for effective law enforcement, but others believe it intrudes on basic civil liberties. The case stems …

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by Steven Wildberger

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) on Friday announced a new plea to raise $14 million in an effort to support the many children migrating to Europe from war-torn Middle Eastern nations. Over the last half-year, one quarter of European migrants have been children, totaling approximately 133,000 youths. On UNICEF efforts, Marie-Pierre Poirier, Special Coordinator for the …

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by Steven Wildberger

The Obama administration on Friday notified Congress of its plan to release Guantanamo Bay inmate Shaker Aamer [Reprieve.org profile] to the United Kingdom next month. Aamer, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, is the final British resident held in the United States' military prison. Although he denies association, Aamer allegedly held close ties to Osama Bin Laden [PBS …

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