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Legal news from Friday, March 25, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The body of Yuriy Grabovsky was found in a rural area on Friday, according to investigators. The lawyer had gone missing on March 9 in Kiev and was found buried in an abandoned orchard after reportedly being transported to Odessa and later to Zhashkov. According to investigators, Grabovsky had been drugged and placed under an ankle bracelet rigged …

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by Alonso Diaz

A Belgian prosecutor said Friday that police have arrested six people in connection with the Brussels bombings during a large police operation in the city. The prosecutor said that several houses were searched in Brussels, Jette and Schaerbeek and residents had reported explosions during the house-to-house raids. Those arrested have been detained for questioning and have not been …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday vetoed two proposed bills that would eliminate restrictions on the possession of firearms in or around state office buildings. House Bill 1096, would have undone the governor's prior order banning firearms in Virginia executive branch office buildings, and House Bill 382 would strip Virginia government agencies of the power …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Matthew Doyle, a 47 year-old British man, has been charged with inciting racial hatred after posting a series of Islamophobic tweets from his private Twitter account on March 23, following the attacks in Brussels. One post, where Doyle describes confronting a Muslim woman over the attacks, went viral on Wednesday. The tweet has …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed war crime charges against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi on Thursday for the destruction of historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu and ordered him to stand trial. Al Mahdi was surrendered to the ICC in September pursuant to an arrest warrant, and the crimes with which he is …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Amnesty International (AI) expressed concern Friday over the conviction of journalist Alaa Brinji by the Saudi Arabian Specialized Criminal Court. Alaa Brinji has been in detention since May 2014 and has not been allowed access to a lawyer. He was convicted on Thursday on charges of insulting the rulers of the country, inciting public opinion, accusing …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The Maryland Senate unanimously approved a landmark criminal justice bill on Thursday. The bill, known as the Justice Reinvestment Act, would significantly change how non-violent drug offenders are sentenced, shifting focus from prison to treatment. The changes in the sentencing structure would allow the state to save money on prison costs and allow those serving mandatory minimums to …

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by Matthew Santiago

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a controversial bill on Thursday banning abortions motivated by concerns of the fetus' gender, race or potential disabilities. The bill also places restrictions on medical providers, requiring a thorough doctor consultation and certain admitting privileges before abortions can be performed. Furthermore, the bill bans fetal tissue donations and requires that fetal …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday extended the deadline for German automaker Volkswagen AG (VW) to fix its diesel-powered cars, which have been held to be in violation of US emissions standards. According to the transcripts, Judge Charles Breyer was persuaded that VW engineers …

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by Matthew Santiago

Two Turkish journalists went on trial in closed proceedings Friday on espionage charges that have garnered worldwide concerns regarding the state of free press under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's regime. In 2014 Can Dundar and Erdem Gul initially reported for the Cumhuriyet that the Turkish government was secretly supplying arms to …

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