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Legal news from Thursday, April 21, 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Virginia's General Assembly voted Wednesday to keep secret the identities of suppliers of lethal injection drugs. The proposal was supported by Governor Terry McAuliffe, who stated that suppliers would only sell their products if their identities remained confidential. Otherwise, due to potential harassment, Virginia may have lost its supply of such drugs and the …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Venezuela's opposition-led parliament on Wednesday approved new referendum rules. The law speeds up the process of requesting recall referendums. The Venezuelan Constitution allows elected officials be recalled if they have served over half their term. This is a move to take control of referendums from the country's elections council. Polls …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The High Court in Gambia's capital of Banjul on Wednesday charged 40 people with offenses related to recent protests. More than 50 people were arrested after a demonstration last Thursday by members of the opposition United Democratic Party calling for free speech and an electoral forum. There is concern that three of the high ranking members of the party are …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California said Thursday that German automaker Volkswagen AG (VW) has reached a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California officials and consumers over a plan to fix or buy back nearly 600,000 diesel-powered vehicles that were found to …

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by Justin Cosgrove

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave an address on Wednesday marking the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In his remarks, the secretary-general stated that the ICJ has made an "enormous contribution" to international law. The "World Court" was established by UN Charter in 1945 with a dual role: first, …

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