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Legal news from Monday, April 4, 2016
by Bradley McAllister

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in Evenwel v. Abott that States may use total population to appropriate state legislative districts, and there is no constitutional requirement that states use voter population in order to divide up legislative districts. This case arose after the 2010 census when the …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously in Nichols v. US that the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act (SONRA) did not require an individual to update his registration in Kansas once he departed the state and moved to a foreign country, overruling the Tenth Circuit. In 2003 Lester Nichols …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Police and military raids in low-income communities in Venezuela are leading to allegations of widespread abuse, the Venezuelan Human Rights Education-Action Program (PROVEA) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a joint report issued Monday. Titled "Unchecked Power: Police and Military Raids in Low-Income and Immigrant Communities in Venezuela," this report outlines allegations including extrajudicial …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The US Supreme Court denied certiorari on Monday in two cases regarding Wal-Mart Stores. The petition raised the issue of whether the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause prohibits a state court from certifying a class action and entering judgment in favor of the class, where the court relieves individual plaintiffs …

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by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in a case regarding racial bias expressed in jury deliberation and whether the no-impeachment rules applied in this scenario violate an individual's Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury. Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado has come before the Supreme Court because after the initial verdict against Miguel …

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by William Helbling

World leaders and other high profile individuals are hiding billions in off-shore accounts, according to reports Sunday that cite confidential documents leaked from a Panamanian law firm. The documents, coined the "Panama Papers" by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, purportedly show that numerous politicians, celebrities and other wealthy individuals have hid money utilizing the legal services of …

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