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Legal news from Thursday, April 7, 2016
by Brittany Felder

Courts in Belgium heard cases on Thursday concerning the attacks in Paris. One of the hearings concerned whether Salah Abdeslam would be remanded in custody before being transferred to the French government. Last week following a court decision in Brussels, Belgium, authorities agreed to extradite Paris attack suspect Abdeslam to France. The attacks in …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Pakistani authorities opened a probe on Thursday into reports that a charity run by a militant group has established an Islamic court. The group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has reportedly established a court separate from the judiciary in Lahore. Legal experts in the area claim that such a system is illegal and unconstitutional. This type of Tabilban style court is …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill (HB 2665) on Thursday enacting a new funding formula for schools. The bill replaces a formula that was found to be unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, which ruled in February that the previous funding system was inequitable. Justices on the court gave …

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by Brittany Felder

Former US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert in a sentencing memorandum filed on Wednesday urged the court to spare him jail time and impose a sentence of probation. The memorandum first acknowledged Hastert's past actions and stated that he was "deeply sorry" for such actions before discussing how throughout his life he has been …

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by Miracle Jones

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday reminded Bahrain to regard human rights as essential amid growing international concern that the government is engaging in sectarian discrimination. The secretary made the remarks in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa after the two officials had a private discussion. …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday agreed to hear an appeal by Uber of a federal district court order that certified a class of nearly 160,000 drivers in California who challenge their status as independent contractors. Uber's attorneys argue that the drivers signed away their right to participate in …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed summary judgment issued by a Hawaii federal district court denying an exemption to Oklevueha Native American Church of Hawaii, Inc. from federal laws prohibiting the possession and distribution of cannabis. The case arose from an incident in 2009 involving a …

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by Miracle Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called on Iraqi forces to allow aid such as food and medicine into Fallujah as the armed siege is producing acute shortages. The city has found itself besieged by governmental forces since the Islamic State (ISIS) made it a territorial strong hold in 2014. HRW is calling on the Iraqi …

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by Kasey Tuttle

UN Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Serge Brammertz announced on Wednesday that he will appeal the recent acquittal of Serbian politician Vojislav Šešelj. The ICTY acquitted Šešelj, president of the Serbian Radical Party and former Assembly member of Serbia, of all crimes against humanity and war …

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by Mark Casper

Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), Melchior Wathelet, stated on Thursday that providing a hyperlink to images without the owner's consent does not amount to copyright infringement. The case involves a website, GreenStijl, which posted hyperlinks to another website's unlawfully posted Playboy pictures. Wathelet stated that "hyperlinks which lead, …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Fukuoka High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal filed by citizens of Japan seeking to stop the operation of the only two remaining nuclear reactors in the country. The suit was originally raised by 12 residents in the Kagoshima District Court in April 2015. Wednesday's decision upholds the ruling from last year. The No. …

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by William Helbling

The French Parliament on Wednesday passed legislation which will make it illegal to pay for sex within the nation. The new law will punish those who solicit prostitutes by issuing fines and ordering the completion of mandatory classes about the harmful effects of prostitution. It is reported that the fine for the first offence will …

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by William Helbling

The Tennessee Attorney General on Wednesday issued an opinion that states that fantasy sports amounts to illegal gambling within the state. Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in his opinion that all fantasy sports games, including those on daily sports sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings, are illegal within the state. The opinion also says that …

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