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Legal news from Tuesday, March 1, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) released a report Tuesday condemning Greece for police abuse, poor prison conditions and mistreatment of detained juveniles. The report details findings that the system to hold those responsible for police misconduct is undermined by systemic failings. The report …

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by Taylor Isaac

A federal lawsuit was filed on Monday against the governor of Mississippi challenging the state flag, the last one in the country that bears the Confederate battle emblem. Carlos Moore, the Mississippi native and civil rights lawyer that filed the claim, alleges that the imagery "is tantamount to hateful government speech that both has a discriminatory …

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by Brittany Felder

A UN human rights body was urged Monday to place more of a focus on women in disaster reduction and relief measures. Speaking to a special convention on the relationship between gender and disaster reduction and climate change, Robert Glasser, head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, told the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination …

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by Taylor Isaac

The head of the UN mission in Kosovo said Monday that Kosovo is set to face "complex challenges" this year and should shift focus towards more fundamental issues "such as the intrinsic links between post-conflict development, enforcement of the rule of law, and human rights," rather than politics. Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of …

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by Brittany Felder

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled Tuesday that Germany may place "residence conditions" on refugees. The case was brought by a Syrian couple who, upon arriving in Germany, were made aware that as refugees they were only allowed to reside in certain places. They argued that such restrictions violated their right of free …

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by Alonso Diaz

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Monday denied a Department of Justice (DOJ) request to order Apple to disable the security of an iPhone that was seized during a drug investigation. Federal Magistrate Judge James Orenstein concluded that the DOJ failed to establish that the All Writs …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-2 on Tuesday in Lockhart v. US that the 10-year mandatory minimum sentence for child pornography possession applies when the offender has been previously convicted of sexual abuse that did not involve a minor. In this case, Avondale Lockhart pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography …

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by Alexandra Farone

Brazilian Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo resigned on Monday amid pushback from the ruling Worker's Party over his failure to reign in the corruption investigation targeting public officials, including former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Cardozo will be replaced by Wellington Cesar Lima e Silva, the chief prosecutor from Bahia, and will become the …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Former head of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, US Army Major General Geoffrey Miller, failed to appear before a French court on Tuesday to answer a subpoena to appear for questioning on his involvement in the torture of two French detainees. French citizens Mourad Benchellali and Nizar Sassi brought the case, challenging their treatment …

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by Jacqueline Jones

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Monday blocked Governor Mike Pence's order keeping Syrian refugees from settling in Indiana. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit on behalf of Exodus Refugee Immigration in November after Pence announced his …

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