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Legal news from Thursday, February 11, 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is obeying orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples according to a federal court ruling Tuesday. US District Judge David Bunning denied a request by the American Civil Liberties Union to order Davis to reissue licenses she had altered by removing her name and title. The judge found [CBS/AP report] that Davis …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Morgan Stanley agreed Thursday to pay about $3.2 billion to settle charges that it misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities. The charges come from an investigation by the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Group that serves to prove potential misconduct from the financial crisis. $2.6 billion of the settlement will go towards resolving the claims …

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by Brittany Felder

Nearly 40 years after the 1979 Revolution in Iran, the nation's legal structures are still "deeply flawed," according to an 87-page report released Thursday by Amnesty International (AI). Describing how the revolution elicited sweeping changes in the justice system, the report discusses Iran's new Criminal Procedure Code, criticizing it sharply as a "lost opportunity" …

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by Miracle Jones

The French National Assembly on Wednesday approved a bill that would strip convicted terrorists of their citizenship rights. The amendment to the constitution would also grant the president greater power to act in an emergency or terrorist situation. The legislation, dubbed the draft to protect the nation, would allow for a state …

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by Brittany Felder

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, expressed "utmost alarm" Thursday at the worsening situation in Syria. Zeid said that warring parties were "constantly sinking to new depths," attacking women, children, the sick and the elderly with unprecedented force throughout the nation. He noted how the Governorate of Aleppo, in conjunction with …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The Northern Ireland Assembly rejected proposed amendments to the region's strict abortion laws on Wednesday. The Assembly voted against a proposed amendment to the Justice Bill that would allow terminations in cases of sexual crime, fatal fetal abnormality or incest. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission decried Wednesday's vote as an infringement on …

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by Miracle Jones

Amnesty International USA (AI) alleges that Mustafa al-Hawsawi, one of the accused 9/11 ringleaders, is in desperate need of medical care in a letter to the Pentagon that was made public on Wednesday. In the letter the agency states that Hawsawi is in severe rectal distress due to interrogation methods that amount to torture …

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by Taylor Gillan

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday announced that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, for alleged unjust policing. According to Lynch's statement, the lawsuit alleges "a pattern or practice of law enforcement conduct that violates the Constitution and federal civil rights …

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by Kasey Tuttle

A German court on Thursday began the trial of a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder. The accused, Reinhold Hanning, voluntarily joined the armed Schuzstaffel (SS) when he was 18 years old and was was transferred to Auschwitz two years later where he served as a guard at the death camp. Hanning was deemed …

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by Taylor Gillan

The prosecutor in the trial of Hissène Habré on Wednesday requested that the former Chadian leader be sentenced to life in prison if convicted. The sentencing recommendation was made by Senegal special prosecutor Mbacke Fall after his closing arguments. Lawyers for the civil parties in this trial began summing up on Monday. Habré, who has denounced …

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by William Helbling

Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill that would block federal and state funds from reaching groups that promote or perform abortions, effectively defunding Planned Parenthood. The bill passed in the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 62-32 and will now be sent to Governor John Kasich, who is expected to sign. …

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by William Helbling

The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) on Wednesday called for the Central African Republic (CAR) to address numerous human rights violations stemming from an outbreak of violence in Bangui last year. Last fall an eruption of violence in the capital city of Bangui resulted in at least 47 civilian …

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