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Legal news from Tuesday, March 15, 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

A second Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice resigned Tuesday over of a growing scandal that involves hundreds of offensive e-mails. Justice Michael Eakin is the second justice to retire after Justice Seamus McCaffery retired immediately after being suspended in 2014 when Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a plethora of questionable e-mails to the media. Eakin's lawyer, Bill Costopoulos, …

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by Alonso Diaz

Brazil's Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that it had accepted a plea agreement offered by prosecutors in a case against Senator Delcídio do Amaral for his alleged involvement in a recent corruption scandal. Amaral was arrested in November for attempting to bribe a former Petrobras executive for his silence in an ongoing …

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by Taylor Isaac

The UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky presented reports to the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday finding that economic inequality has a negative impact on financial crises and undermines human rights efforts. The first report focused on these topics and found a somewhat circular pattern, finding that economic …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Monday accusing the city of Los Angeles of endangering homeless people. The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleges that the city has endangered the homeless by seizing and destroying their tents and bedding then releasing them into the cold without protection after …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A federal judge filed an order on Monday for attorneys to submit arguments as to whether the court system has standing to decide if Mississippi should remove the Confederate battle emblem that as been on the state flag since 1894. US District Judge Carlton Reeves of the Southern District of Mississippi has given Mississippi Attorney General …

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by Alonso Diaz

UN experts on Tuesday concluded that a Russian woman suffered gender-based discrimination when she was denied employment at the helm of a boat. Svetlana Medvedeva was selected by a private company after graduating as a navigation officer to work at the helm of a boat in 2012. She was rejected from the position because it had been listed …

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by Taylor Isaac

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Executive Director Kenneth Roth on Tuesday expressed concern over the EU Joint Action Plan with Turkey, urging EU leaders to reject proposed elements due their "disturbing disregard for international law covering the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants." Roth's letter comes after Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe …

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by Alexandra Farone

A conference of religious groups and political parties convened by the Jamaat-e-Islami party asked the Pakistani government on Tuesday to retract a new "un-Islamic" law that provides protections for female victims of abuse. The Women's Protection Act, passed last month in Punjab, establishes an abuse hotline, sets up shelter homes, provides for imprisonment …

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by Alexandra Farone

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas issued a preliminary injunction on Monday blocking Arkansas from enforcing its abortion pill restrictions. Arkansas passed Act 577 in March 2015, requiring abortion pill providers to follow US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and prescribing physicians to …

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by Brittany Felder

The US House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the actions of the Islamic State (IS) as "genocide" and calling for the establishment of international and domestic tribunals by UN member states. The resolution stressed that attacks on religious and ethnic minorities have been conducted with the intent to eradicate, …

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by Brittany Felder

Indiana activists on Monday delivered a petition to the Indiana statehouse urging Governor Mike Pence to not sign HB 1337, which they claim places overly burdensome restrictions on abortions. The bill requires practitioners to get informed consent by telling pregnant women considering abortion about the availability of perinatal hospice care and the gender of the …

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by Jacqueline Jones

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that the state broke the law by not detaining Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir despite an International Criminal Court (ICC) order to do so. The court stated that the country's failure to arrest the president was inconsistent with the state's obligations …

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by Jacqueline Jones

German law firm TISAB on Monday filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG on behalf of investors alleging a breach of duty to the capital market. The €3.255 billion lawsuit was brought in a German multi-regional court in Brunswick. The law firm filed a motion for a model case to initiate KapMuG-proceedings for the claims presented, …

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