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Legal news from Monday, November 2, 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on racial discrimination in the jury selection process. In Foster v. Chatman, the court must decide whether the "Georgia courts err in failing to recognize race discrimination ... in the extraordinary circumstances of this death penalty case." The case involves a black defendant and …

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by Alexis Wheeler

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged greater protection for journalists' rights and honored journalists and media workers killed in the line of duty as he marked the second observation of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on Monday. Ban noted, "ore than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade—one every …

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by Alonso Diaz

An Alexandria court of appeals on Monday ordered a retrial for 77 Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The defendants were charged with murder, possession of weapons, rioting and a number of other criminal charges stemming from a July 2013 protest. They were sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. The 2013 incident that gave rise to these …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Iraqi parliament members voted on Monday to prevent Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi from unilaterally passing important reforms without parliament's approval. One anonymous member of parliament stated that this resolution would end the prime minister's absolute authority. The move comes in response to the prime minister dismissing his vice presidents and deputy prime …

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