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Legal news from Tuesday, April 26, 2016
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Mathis v. United States the court heard arguments on "whether a court can consider a statute or subsection, outside of the convicting statute, that defines a term in the convicting statute." Richard Mathis was convicted as a felon in possession of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday that states should make it easier for convicted felons to obtain state-issued identification cards upon their release from prison. Lynch's remarks were delivered at the start of National Reentry Week, during which the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the "Roadmap to Reentry", the DOJ’s comprehensive vision …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Australia's detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island in northern Papua New Guinea is illegal. The court found that the detention center violates article 42 of Papua New Guinea's constitution, which guarantees personal liberty. The court ordered both governments to take steps to end the detention. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice (STJ) on Monday rejected an attempt by the opposition-led National Assembly to shorten President Nicolas Maduro's term from six years to four. The opposition, which won control of the National Assembly last year, has been attempting to oust Maduro. The STJ held that the proposed constitutional amendment would be viable if …

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by Mark Casper

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina upheld the state's voter ID law on Monday. House Bill 589 requires that any "qualified voter voting in person ... shall present identification" to a "local election official at the voting place before voting." The law also provides, however, that …

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