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Legal news from Friday, November 13, 2015
by Ram Eachambadi

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with Alabama, under which Alabama has committed to comply with US laws requiring motor vehicle agencies to register eligible voters. More specifically, Alabama has agreed to provide voter registration opportunities in all future online and in-person applications for driver's licenses and other …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The US Senate approved the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act on Tuesday, granting US citizens the right to legally claim natural resources mined in space. The Act is intended to facilitate a pro-growth environment for the developing commercial space industry by encouraging private sector investment and creating more stable and predictable regulatory conditions, and for other purposes. …

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by Alexis Wheeler

A federal judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas ruled against Thursday that a nativity scene on Baxter County Courthouse grounds violates the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed by the American Humanist Association (AHA) on behalf of a Mountain Home resident. The court ordered Baxter County and County Judge …

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by Taylor Isaac

Luis Segovia, a veteran and former resident of Illinois who now lives in Guam, filed a complaint on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois claiming the laws affording residents of certain US territories the right to vote and not affording the same right to others are unconstitutional. The Uniformed and Overseas …

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by Matthew Santiago

The West Jakarta District Court of Indonesia sentenced two drug smugglers to death after the National Narcotics Agency found them trafficking methamphetamine into the country. The 1,900 pound shipment was the largest quantity of meth ever confiscated in Indonesia, worth approximately USD $116.8 million. Hong Kong syndicate leader Wong Chi Ping and his assistant, Ahmad Salim Wijaya, attempted [Jakata …

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by William Helbling

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the political violence and killings currently afflicting Burundi. The violence began in the wake of President Pierre Nkurunziza announcing that he would seek a third term in office, which he was voted into in July. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid …

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by William Helbling

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday reversed a lower court decision that had held that California's death penalty system was unconstitutional. The appeals court held that the excessive delay between sentencing and execution did not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Ninth Circuit Judge …

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