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Legal news from Friday, April 8, 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The Alabama Senate approved a bill that would create a commission to review claims of innocence by death row inmates. The legislation was approved by a 20-6 vote and would create a remedy for those inmates who have exhausted their appeals. The commission would review claims by death row …

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by Alonso Diaz

Myanmar authorities on Friday released 69 student activists who had been jailed for more than a year without trial. Tharrawaddy Township Judge Chit Myat announced that the 69 students were free without charges after being imprisoned for protesting for academic freedom. All those imprisoned from the March 2015 protest that was violently crushed …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) confirmed Friday that it has opened a criminal investigation into Tata Steel, looking into activity that took place at the Specialty Steels unit in the UK. Tata Steel is headquartered in India, but earns nearly 70% of its revenue from foreign business operations. While the company is not …

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by Kasey Tuttle

US District Judge Christina Snyder granted a permanent injunction on Wednesday requiring the removal of a depiction of a Latin cross from the Los Angeles, California (LA) county seal. The seal was changed in 2004 to remove all religious symbols and the cross was then reinstated in 2014. It was suggested in 2014 to add a small cross …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The South Africa Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed for leave to appeal the unfavorable judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) concerning the government's failure to detain Sudan President Omar al-Bashir despite an outstanding high court order barring him from leaving the country. However, DOJ spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga expressed …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Congress introduced a new bill on Friday which will force smartphone manufacturers to decrypt data in response to law enforcement demands. The bill was proposed by senators Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, and states that companies "must provide in a timely manner responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance to obtain such information." However, the …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Planned Parenthood of Indiana filed suit against the state of Indiana on Thursday, challenging the constitutionality of a recently-signed abortion law that would prevent abortions sought due to genetic abnormalities. The ALCU and Planned Parenthood are also seeking an injunction on the law until after this lawsuit …

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by Matthew Santiago

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer on Thursday unsealed an opinion from late March ruling that the government did not have grounds to designate the major insurance company, Metlife, as "too big to fail." The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) determined in 2014 that financial distress at Metlife could significantly …

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by Matthew Santiago

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Thursday that European Union states are violating international law by breaking their migrant pact with Turkey, by not allowing the country to extradite suspected terrorists. Speaking at a ceremony in the capital Ankara, Erdogan threatened to terminate the migrant deal if the EU does not abide by the …

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