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Legal news from Wednesday, April 13, 2016
by Alexis Wheeler

Panamanian prosecutors for organized crime raided the Panamanian office of international law firm Mossack Fonseca on Tuesday, seeking evidence of money laundering and financing terrorism in relation to the recent Panama Papers scandal. Mossack Fonseca has denied any wrongdoing and claimed that it is "willing and eager to cooperate with authorities." …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Georgia officials executed Kenneth Fults Tuesday after the US Supreme Court Tuesday denied the application for stay of execution. His attorney argued that the jury which sentenced Fults, an African American man, was tainted by the racial bias of at least one member, after Fults pleaded guilty to murdering his neighbor, Cathy …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on Wednesday over reports coming out of the Republic of Congo regarding an apparent Government security operation in an area of southern Brazzaville known as the Pool. The reports flow from suspected police action taken against civilians, after the …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

A New Jersey administrative law judge, Jeff Masin, ruled on Tuesday that presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is a natural-born citizen of the US and is thus eligible to be placed on the New Jersey primary ticket. Masin ruled that Cruz is a natural-born citizen because his mother is a US citizen but noted that his decision …

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by Mark Casper

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court ruled Tuesday that the district court must review Wisconsin's voter ID law to determine whether broad application constitutes an equal protection violation. The law requires "certain identification in order to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot." The American Civil …

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by Bradley McAllister

Religious groups including the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed supplemental briefs with the US Supreme Court Tuesday in the case of Zubik v. Burwell. In a rare move, the parties were ordered by …

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by Bradley McAllister

A judge in Changsha, China, on Wednesday refused to allow a same-sex couple to register as married. The two men attempted to register their marriage last June. After being denied, the couple filed the lawsuit in December. The judge decided to hear China's first legal challenge over a refusal to issue same-sex marriage applications in …

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by Miracle Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and KontraS on Tuesday urged the US to release government files regarding the anti-communist massacres in Indonesia from 1965-1966, which killed half a million individuals. HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth and KontraS National Coordinator Haris Azhar held a press conference in Jakarta to make the request. Roth stated that a factual …

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by Miracle Jones

Twenty-five states, led by West Virginia, filed a friend of the court brief on Monday to argue that the War World I monument in the shape of a white cross does not violate the constitution. At issue is the fact that the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial in Bladensburg, Maryland, is maintained by government funds, …

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by Taylor Gillan

The President of Macedonia on Tuesday ended an investigation into allegations of government corruption and abuse of power, also pardoning all politicians involved in a 2015 wiretapping scandal. According to President Gjorge Ivanov, the move came in an effort to defend national interests, but it has been called illegal by opposition leader Zoran Zaev. The sudden halt of …

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by Taylor Gillan

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Tuesday issued an executive order that he says is meant to clarify the previously passed House Bill 2. In a statement on the order, the governor said that House Bill 2's mandate of gender-specific restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings and schools will be maintained, but that he …

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by Brittany Felder

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear on Monday filed suit against Governor Matt Bevin over funding cuts to universities. Beshear is asking the court to block the governor's recent order, which immediately cut 4.5 percent of funding to public universities. Beshear argues that such an action was outside the scope of Bevin's …

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