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Legal news from Thursday, March 17, 2016
by Ashley Hogan

A Brazilian judge issued an injunction on Thursday to block the appointment of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to his successor and current president, Dilma Rousseff, shortly after he was sworn in to the position. Lula was charged earlier this month in connection with money laundering and misrepresentation of assets involving a giant …

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by Brittany Felder

US Secretary of State John Kerry in a speech at the State Department on Thursday declared that the Islamic State (IS) "is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yezidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims." Detailing the steps that the US has taken to halt the spread of the terrorist organization, …

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by Ashley Hogan

The Botswana Court of Appeal on Wednesday ruled that the Home Affairs ministry's refusal to register a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights group was unconstitutional as it violated the right to freedom of association. The Botswana High Court had previously ruled in 2014 that the Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO) …

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by Brittany Felder

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize the use and distribution of medical marijuana. The bill, passed by a vote of 149-43, authorizes the use of medical marijuana for patients suffering from serious medical conditions and establishes guidelines and duties for the facilitation of the program. It …

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by William Helbling

The Supreme Court of Ohio on Wednesday ruled that the state can execute a man whose execution was halted in 2009 after a failed attempt to administer lethal injection drugs. Romell Broom was to be put to death by lethal injection, but the execution was called off after two hours when officials could …

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by William Helbling

US President Barrack Obama on Wednesday issued an executive order that will impose new sanctions on North Korea for their recent actions of nuclear and ballistic missile testing. The executive order imposes sanctions that include a ban on exports of goods, services and technology to North Korea and prohibits any new investment with the nation. The …

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