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Legal news from Wednesday, March 30, 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday granted the military police powers to arrest and detain suspected criminals. The junta leader issued a decree called "Suppression of wrongdoings that could threaten Thai economy and society," which grants soldiers of a certain rank, in the army, navy and air force, the power to summon and detain …

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by Mark Casper

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Wednesday that the officers responsible for the killing of Charles de Menezes should not be prosecuted. De Menezes was mistakenly thought to be connected to the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. The judges, through a vote of 13-4, held that the UK did not violate Article …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, said Wednesday that his office is concerned about the apparent extra-judicial execution of a Palestinian man in the West Bank last week. The execution occurred after an attack by two Palestinians on an Israeli solider. One of the attackers was killed on the scene and …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed Senate Bill 41, otherwise known as the Religious Freedom; Marriage Solemnization, Participation, and Beliefs Act. The law had passed through Virginia's Senate and had been presented to McAuliffe for further action in January. The stated purpose of the bill was to allow individuals and business owners …

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by Miracle Jones

The Tianjin No 1 Intermediate People's Court on Wednesday sentenced Ji Wenlin, the former vice governor of south China's Hainan Province, to 12 years in prison on corruption charges. The former government official was found to have used his office to collect millions in bribes and assetss to benefit himself and others. His case is one of many …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Hertz Schram PC, a southeastern Michigan firm, filed a class action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of the children in Flint, Michigan, who were injured by exposure to the high levels of lead in the city's drinking water. The class represents children under the age of 17, who sustained brain damage as a result of the …

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by Miracle Jones

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged world leaders to accept more refugees and to combat the growing international anti refugee sentiments. The remarks were made at the opening of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) conference to create pathways for Syrian refugee admission. The conference seeks to identify mechanisms for states to …

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by Bradley McAllister

Venezuela's National Assembly on Tuesday approved an amnesty law that would free 77 individuals allegedly jailed for political reasons under a number of crimes such as the instigation of violence or commission of treason. President Nicolas Maduro has vowed to veto the law by any means. Roughly …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Luis v. United States that the pretrial restraint of a criminal defendant's legitimate, untainted assets needed to retain her counsel of choice violates the Sixth Amendment. The petitioner, Sila Luis, was charged in October 2012 by a federal grand jury with conspiring to defraud the federal …

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by Taylor Gillan

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday issued an order in Zubik v. Burwell, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) birth control mandate, directing the parties to file supplemental briefs. The court, in its order, said that the additional briefs should "address whether and how contraceptive coverage may be obtained by petitioners' …

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by Taylor Gillan

French President François Hollande on Wednesday said that he will no longer move forward with his plan to reform the country's constitution. The reform would have included an amendment that would deprive French citizenship or rights attached to it from dual nationals convicted of terrorism. In a short speech, he announced that he …

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by Dominic Yobbi

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper on Tuesday stated during a press conference that he will not defend House Bill 2, which he considers to be discriminatory against the LGBT community. The bill, which was signed into law last week, prevents local governments from enacting their own nondiscrimination ordinances. Under the new law, cities …

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