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Legal news from Tuesday, March 29, 2016
by Dominic Yobbi

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Sheriff v. Gillie the court heard arguments on whether the special counsel attorneys appointed by the attorney general to collect debts owed to the state are "state officers" under the meaning of the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit Tuesday against Volkswagen AG (VW) for false advertising. VW's sales have taken a major hit in the US since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed in September that VW had been cheating on diesel-emissions tests, contradicting the company's claims that its diesel vehicles were …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from former Illinois governor Rob Blagojevich. In 2013 Blagojevich was found guilty on 18 charges of corruption in his second trial and ultimately sentenced to a 14-year prison term. A federal appeals court threw out five of his 18 convictions in 2015. …

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by Taylor Isaac

A Missouri court struck down part of a law on Monday that was passed in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson last yea. Senate Bill 5 was passed as a response to widespread concern regarding the revenue being made in Ferguson courts after a US Department of Justice (DOJ) report following the shooting of …

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by Brittany Felder

UNICEF reported Tuesday that "on average at least six children have been killed or maimed everyday since March 15, 2015" as the crisis in Yemen escalates. The report also discussed how recruitment of children as young "as 10 years old" has increased "exponentially" and there have been continued attacks on educational facilities and hospitals while …

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by Brittany Felder

An equally divided US Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed a 2014 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in favor of unions concerning First Amendment rights of public teachers who do not wish to pay union fees. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association the court was asked …

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by Taylor Isaac

Louisiana jails are failing to provide basic HIV services to inmates, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report Tuesday. HRW said this failure occurs through "limited, haphazard, and in many cases, non-existent" services provided to inmates. Louisiana's two largest cities, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, lead the nation in new HIV infections every year, …

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by Alonso Diaz

Utah became the first state to require doctors to administer anesthesia to women receiving an abortion after 20-weeks on Monday when the governor signed Senate Bill 234. The bill was signed into law along with 55 other bills by Governor Gary Herbert. Previously, anesthesia was a woman's choice and abortions are still prohibited in …

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by Alonso Diaz

The UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) ruled on Monday that Argentina's maritime territory includes the area surrounding the Falkland Islands. Argentina had previously submitted to the commission a report fixing the territory at 350 miles from its coast instead of 200. The commission made clear that it was not in …

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by Alexandra Farone

Azeri human rights lawyer and advocate Intigam Aliyev was freed from jail on Monday. The Azerbaijan Supreme Court reduced his sentence from over seven years to a five year-probation period. Aliyev had been charged with tax evasion, abuse of office and illegal entrepreneurship. Amnesty International Deputy Director for …

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by Alexandra Farone

Former Pardon Attorney Deborah Leff indicated that the pardon system is broken in her resignation letter that was obtained by USA Today on Monday after a Freedom of Information Act request. Leff resigned from her position in the Obama administration in January, citing reasons such as being denied access to the White House Counsel's Office and …

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by Jacqueline Jones

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday dropped its case seeking to compel Apple to assist unlocking the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, saying the DOJ has accessed the data itself. The DOJ had requested a postponement of a hearing that had been scheduled for last week to determine whether Apple …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said Monday that he will veto a controversial religious freedom bill. HB 757 was given final legislative approval earlier this month and awaited the governor's signature. The governor expressed concern that the bill "contained language that could give rise to state-sanctioned discrimination." The legislation would have given "faith …

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