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Legal news from Saturday, February 20, 2016
by Emelina Perez

UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced Saturday that the UK will hold a referendum on June 23 to vote on whether the nation will remain a part of the European Union (EU). EU and UK leaders met over the previous two days in Brussels to negotiate terms that would keep the UK in the union …

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by Emelina Perez

The Georgia State Senate passed an amended version of a religious freedom bill, HB 757, which some critics believe may be used to discriminate against same-sex couples. The bill gives religious leaders the right to refuse to marry any couple if it is against their religion without facing penalties and bars the government from taking …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Supreme Court upheld on Friday, in a one-sentence order, a decision of the District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina forcing the state to redraw the 1st and 12th congressional voting districts. The lower court held that the 2011 district redrawing was unconstitutional as it was done …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed a motion to compel Apple to unlock the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking Apple's help to access Syed Rizwan Farook's phone, but the tech company has refused. …

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by Alonso Diaz

Kizza Besigye, the opposition candidate for president of Uganda, was arrested with several of his supporters on Friday. Besigye was arrested as the election commission released early results that showed incumbent President Yoweri Museveni leading the election with 62 percent of the vote and Besigye trailing with 33 percent. The police arrested Besigye as he and his supporters …

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by Alonso Diaz

Amnesty International (AI) criticized the state of justice in Iraq on Thursday after a court in that country sentenced 40 men to death. The Baghdad court found the men guilty of being Sunni jihadists and allied militants that carried out a massacre of 1,700 military cadets from the Speicher Military camp by the Islamic State in …

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