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Legal news from Tuesday, November 17, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday issued an order allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to continue compiling telephone records of a California-based law firm. Last week a federal judge ruled against part of the NSA's controversial surveillance program that collects domestic phone records …

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by Emelina Perez

Canada's Minister of Justice and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship issued a joint statement on Monday announcing that the government will withdraw an appeal that sought to require removal of the niqab for citizenship ceremonies. A niqab is a veil worn by some Muslim women that covers part of the face. The case was originally brought by …

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by Taylor Isaac

Amnesty International (AI) released a report Tuesday detailing problems with how the EU is approaching the refugee crisis and recommending changes to ensure international law is followed and human rights are appropriately valued. AI is calling "for managed, safe, legal routes into Europe and fair, efficient, rigorous screening processes that would meet the needs …

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by Emelina Perez

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled Monday that the method used by the Boston Police Department to promote sergeants to the rank of lieutenant had a disparate impact on minorities. The action was brought against the city of Boston by 10 black police sergeants arguing that …

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by Jacqueline Jones

UN Assistant Secretary-General for human rights Ivan Simonovic called on Somalia's international partners Tuesday to increase their aid in order for the country to maintain its gains in protecting its citizens' human rights. Simonovic described the major progress the country has made and said without continued aid from the international community, Somalia may not be able to …

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by Taylor Gillan

An Alabama woman on Monday asked [cert. petition] the US Supreme Court to review the decision of an Alabama court not to recognize her adoption of her same-sex partner's three children. She has also asked the Supreme Court for an emergency order to allow her to visit the children while her appeal is being considered. …

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by Jacqueline Jones

An independent UN human rights expert said Tuesday that last week's attacks in Paris may constitute crimes against humanity. The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, said, "hese attacks may constitute a crime against humanity and certainly one which viciously and deliberately targeted sites of arts and leisure where people come together …

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by Miracle Jones

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) on Monday publicly released an independent report detailing issues with the police response during the April civil unrest, including lack of clear guidance and inadequate protective gear. The report, prpared by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), enumerated failures of the BPD and included recommendations that police departments may …

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by Taylor Gillan

New Jersey lawmakers on Monday advanced a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain New Jersey driver's licenses. The bill, considered by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, would allow such immigrants to get a license if they are able to satisfy the requirements of the state for providing proof …

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by William Helbling

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has ordered a US House of Representatives committee and a former staffer to cooperate with an insider trading investigation into a health care policy leak. Judge Paul Gardephe ordered the enforcement of subpoenas sent by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) …

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by William Helbling

Bosnian police on Tuesday arrested three men suspected of committing war crimes during the 1990s. Sarajevo lawyer Ibro Merkez and Gorazde police commissioner Esef Huric are alleged to have illegally detained and imprisoned 100 Serbs in the city of Gorazde at the beginning of the war in 1992. Ahmet Sejdic, a former …

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