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Legal news from Wednesday, February 3, 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, holding Monday that a Somali torture claim lacked a "sufficient nexus" with the US to allow jurisdiction under the Alien Tort Statute. In 1987, during political turmoil, Farhan Warfaa …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Chinese courts convicted 14 government officials and company executives on Wednesday due to their involvement in a 2014 factory explosion that killed 146 workers because of inappropriately stored chemicals. The sentences, for the crime of causing a major labor safety accident or dereliction of duty, range from three to seven-and-a-half years. The arrests come after China's procuratorate opened …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The German Cabinet approved new asylum laws on Wednesday in response to the hundreds of thousands of refugees that have entered the country since the beginning of 2015. The bill will speed up asylum procedures and related legal appeals and will bar entry into the country for some asylum seekers' families for a period …

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by Miracle Jones

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the execution of Cary Michael Lambrix amid growing concern about the constitutionality of Florida's death penalty scheme. The stay comes after the US Supreme Court determined in Hurst v. Florida that the death penalty was being improperly administered in the state and that …

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by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives failed Tuesday to garner enough votes to override the president's veto of the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, the most recent legislative effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and defund Planned Parenthood. Congress passed HR 3762 in January to …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan on Tuesday announced that the FBI will join a criminal investigation into the contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The FBI will join a multi-agency team in the ongoing investigation. In 2014 Flint's drinking water supply was switched from Lake Huron water treated …

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by Taylor Gillan

The High Court of Australia ruled Wednesday that the country's offshore detention policy for asylum seekers is legal, rejecting a challenge that it violates the Australian constitution. The challenge was brought by lawyers for a female Bangladeshi detainee who was brought to Australia for medical reasons. Under the controversial policy, those who seek asylum in Australia arriving …

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by Bradley McAllister

An Egyptian appeals court on Wednesday overturned death sentences for 149 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood accused of executing an attack on a police station near Cairo in 2013. Last year an Egyptian court sentenced the defendants to death in a series of mass trials that were used to denounce the ex-president Mohamed Morsi and his supporters, many of …

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by Taylor Gillan

The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of a lesbian woman seeking the return of her IVF-born daughter to the UK from Pakistan, giving her the right to fight for custody. The seven-year-old child was taken to Pakistan by her biological mother and legal parent after her relationship with the appellant ended in 2011. The …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The chief prosecutor of Zimbabwe was charged Tuesday with obstructing justice after he dropped a case against the men accused of plotting to bomb a dairy operated by members of President Robert Mugabe's family. He was officially charged with "abuse of office and obstructing justice" after authorizing the release of two of the four suspected …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday overturned a death sentence for an "apostate" poet who renounced the Muslim faith, giving him eight years in prison instead. The court quashed the previous court's ruling that poet Ashraf Fayadh was to be sentenced to death for, what human rights activist Mona Kareem states was posting a video online …

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