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Legal news from Saturday, February 13, 2016
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday at the age 79. Friends reported that he died in his sleep during a trip to Texas. Chief Justice John Roberts issued the following statement:On behalf of the court and retired justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away. …

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by Emelina Perez

A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming, expressed concern over the growing number of migrants arriving in Europe and urged all EU member states to implement measures agreed on last year to ensure human treatment of all refugees entering their nations. The measures include "hotspot" arrival points, relocation …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Senate on Thursday voted in favor of a wide-ranging House bill aiming to strengthen US trade, sending the bill to President Barack Obama to be signed. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives in December, with voting falling largely along party lines, with …

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by Steven Wildberger

A partnership of voting rights groups on Friday filed suit against Brian Newby, executive director for the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC), alleging that his recent decision limiting the use of national voter registration in Alabama, Kansas and Georgia deprives eligible voters from the right to vote. On request from the states' governments, Newby unilaterally …

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by Emelina Perez

The West Virginia Legislature passed the WV Workplace Freedom Act on Friday, overruling a veto by the Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin the day before. West Virginia is now the twenty-sixth state in the country with a right-to-work law, a law that bars employers from requiring that their employees pay union fees. …

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