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Legal news from Monday, April 18, 2016
by Alexandra Farone

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in United States v. Texas on the Obama administration's controversial immigration policy. The question before the court is whether a state that provides a subsidies to undocumented immigrants has standing to challenge the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding its …

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by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari from an appeal by three book authors and their advocacy group, the Authors Guild, claiming Google was violating copyright law by scanning millions of books and placing them within an online search engine. With this denial, the decision …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Election Justice USA on Monday is filing a suit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York claiming that the state has fraudulently changed the registration of thousands of voters which bars them from voting in the presidential primary. Election Justice spokesperson Shyla Nelson, founder of advocacy group One Voice, …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The UN reported Monday that violence in Afghanistan has injured health and education personnel, reducing available health care and restricting children's' access to fundamental health and educational services. The study, prepared by UNICEF and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), was complied over the course of three years and notes that there had been a …

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by Matthew Santiago

An Italian referendum held on Sunday failed to draw enough votes to shorten the number of currently existing offshore oil and drilling sites for environmental purposes. If the referendum had successfully achieved a majority vote, drilling sites within 12 miles of the Italian coast would have been unable to renew their drilling licenses. Such a vote would …

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by Taylor Isaac

New data from a South Korean think-tank shows that despite minor progress in certain areas, UN efforts at improving human rights in North Korea have not led to real improvement. The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) analyzed 52,735 cases according to nine categories specified by the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) report …

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by Bradley McAllister

Bangladesh's minister of law on Sunday told the press that the arrest of a well-known magazine editor, Shafik Rahman, was not politically motivated. Recently, Rahman was named the convener of the international affairs committee for the opposition Bangladesh National Party. Rahman was apprehended on Saturday. The law minister, Anisul Huq, denied the arrest was tied to politics [Al Jazeera …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-1 in Welch v. United States that the court's 2015 decision in Johnson v. United States created a substantive rule of constitutional law and the holding applies retroactively to cases that are on collateral review. The case involves petitioner Gregory Welch, a convicted felon …

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by Matthew Santiago

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill on Sunday legalizing medical marijuana. The bill establishes a statewide program, which will take 18 to 24 months to implement and will allow patients with serious medical problems to receive medical marijuana from state dispensaries after receiving physician certification. Though implementation will take up to two years, …

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by William Helbling

The lower house of Brazil's National Congress on Sunday voted in favor of impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff for manipulating government accounts. The Chamber of Deputies voted for impeachment by the required two-thirds majority, splitting 367 to 137. The matter now moves to the upper house, whose 81 members will vote …

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by William Helbling

The Supreme People's Court of China on Monday clarified that the maximum penalty for the crime of corruption in the form of embezzlement or accepting bribes amounting to high sums of money will be the death penalty. The notice by the China high court explained that in an extremely serious case, bribes and the act of embezzling …

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