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Legal news from Wednesday, February 24, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Dubravka Šimonović on Wednesday applauded efforts by Georgia to reform its laws on gender equality and violence against women but cautioned that significant social changes will need to occur to make the laws effective. Šimonović specifically noted that the mentality surrounding domestic violence and early marriages still …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday dismissed the last charge in a criminal case against former governor Rick Perry [A&E profile]. The charge for abuse of official capacity under Texas Penal Code Sec. 39.02 was initiated when Perry threatened to and eventually vetoed funding for the Public Integrity Unit for the Travis County …

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by Alexis Wheeler

More than 200 members of Congress filed an amici curiae brief in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Tuesday, challenging the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over regulations on carbon dioxide emissions. The Clean Power Plan (CPP) proposes an incremental decrease of power plant emissions by …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision, holding that accused Nazi war criminal Helmut Oberlander cannot be stripped of his Canadian citizenship at this time. Oberlander was an interpreter for Einsatzkommando 10a, a Nazi death squad responsible for killing two million people, but it is unknown if Oberlander was acting under …

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by Mark Casper

The Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision Tuesday, upholding a law that restricts use of medication abortion drugs. The Oklahoma statute restricted the use of Mifeprex and misoprostol, abortion-medication drugs that are generally taken in conjunction with one another, to only those uses in line with "the FDA-approved final Mifeprex label" (Mifeprex and …

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by Miracle Jones

Israeli human rights groups HaMoked and B'Tselem released a report Wednesday detailing alleged mistreatment of detained Palestinians. The report, entitled "Backed by the System", gives first hand accounts of abuse reportedly suffered by more than 100 detainees in at the Shikma Prison. The report found that many individuals were arrested at their homes after …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that employers may no longer collect tips from service employees and share them with support staff even if the tipped employees are receiving minimum wage. 29 USC § 203(m) allows employers to use tips to apply to the minimum wage of an employee, called …

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by Steven Wildberger

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday released its Annual Report 2015/16, a summary of an international survey of human rights concluding that "short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights." AI attributes much of this failure to a lack of accountability in the international system, as the …

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by Steven Wildberger

Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday vowed to block any Supreme Court nominee by President Obama. In a letter to the majority leader of the primarily-Republican Senate, all 11 of the Judiciary Committee's Republicans promised to hold no hearings on a nominee until the new president is inaugurated in January. If Republicans do maintain …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in cases dealing with damages for patent infringement and the Hobbs Act robbery statute. The consolidated cases of Stryker Corp. v. Zimmer and Halo Electronics, Inc. v. Pulse Electronics, Inc. involve the application of a rigid two-part test to assess damages in a patent infringement …

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