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Legal news from Friday, July 8, 2016
by Mark Casper

Ten additional states, including Nebraska, Michigan and Ohio, have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration for its directive for schools to allow transgender to use the restroom correlating to their gender identity. The Obama administration, through the Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Justice (DOJ), previously issued a letter informing states that transgender people are …

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by Mark Casper

In a press conference held Friday in Washington, DC, Attorney General Loretta Lynch gave her response to the shooting of police in Dallas during a peaceful protest of recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille. Lynch gave her thoughts and condolences to those affected by the recent tragedies and stated that the Department of …

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by Mark Casper

Congresswoman Corrine Brown and her chief of staff Elias "Ronnie" Simmons were charged in a 24-count indictment unsealed Friday for involvement in a bogus non-profit scholarship entity. Among the charges are multiple counts of mail and wire fraud, theft of government property, concealing materials facts on required financial disclosure forms, and filing false tax returns. After the …

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by Mark Casper

In a 63-30 vote, the US Senate approved legislation Thursday requiring food packaging to display genetically-modified organism (GMO) contents using words, pictures or scannable bar codes. If passed in the House, this law would stand as a national standard for displaying GMO contents and replace all state-based GMO packaging laws, including more stringent laws …

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by Mark Casper

British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday lifted a ban on women serving in close combat units in British military. In what Cameron called a "major step," women will now be allowed to serve in cavalry, infantry and armored corps roles in the military, making British armed forces "reflect the society we live in." Women …

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by Mark Casper

In a report issued on Thursday, Amnesty International (AI) called upon Palestinian and Israeli officials to properly address human rights violations committed by their forces. The report was released a day before the second anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, a 50-day military offensive by Israel in Gaza, and features interviews from relatives of those …

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by Mark Casper

The Irish Parliament on Thursday defeated a bill that would have allowed abortion in Ireland where the child would not survive outside of the womb. Prime Minister Enda Kenny had been open about his opposition to the bill, calling it "bad for women and medically inadequate," and instructed his Fine Gael party members to vote …

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by Mark Casper

The Massachusetts Legislature on Thursday sent a transgender anti-discrimination bill to Governor Charlie Baker. The bill, which many believe will be signed into law, will provide protections to transgender people in places of public accommodation including public restrooms, restaurants and public transit, so long as they have a sincerely held gender identity and …

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by Mark Casper

In a hearing on Thursday several Republican lawmakers questioned Obama administration officials in regards to the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees. In the hearing, before the House Foreign Affairs committee, lawmakers claimed that the two administration officials have placed detainees in countries that do not have the necessary oversight capabilities, citing to the disappearance …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Extrajudicial killings by police threaten over-all security in Rio de Janeiro, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a 109-page report released Thursday. HRW says officials have "not done enough" to address these executions ahead of the summer Olympics. An estimated 8,000 people have been killed by police in Rio de Janiero in the past decade—645 …

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by Mark Casper

Democrats in Congress called for hearings in the wake of police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, two black men, earlier this week. Congressman and House Judiciary Committee member, Cedric Richmond from Louisiana, the state in which Alton Sterling was killed, stated:I'm not sure if legislation comes out, but …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged Chinese authorities to "end their ruthless assault against human rights lawyers and activists." This call to Chinese officials comes just before the one-year anniversary of a massive police crackdown within the country, which led to the targeting of an estimated 248 activists and lawyers. Of those detained, …

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by Mark Casper

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday rejected an appeal by the Attorney General of Canada asking the court to review a lower court decision instructing the country to reconsider revocation of a former-Nazi's Canadian citizenship. Helmut Oberlander, a 92-year-old Ukrainian man who claims he was forced to translate for the Ek 10a, a Nazi death …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The German parliament unanimously passed a law Thursday expanding the definition of sex crimes, making any form of nonsensical sexual contact a crime. The new "no means no" law protects victims of sexual attacks who withhold consent yet do not physically resist the attack. The old law required victims to physically resist …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Poland's Parliament approved a bill Thursday that would unblock the Constitutional Tribunal, which has been the subject of controversy since last year. The measure was introduced by the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and passed 238-173 in the Sejm, the lower house of parliament. It will next proceed to the Senate, and then to President Andrzej Duda, …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a package of controversial anti-terror bills on Thursday. These bills were drafted earlier this year as a response to the 2015 attacks in Paris and the bombing of an A-231 jet liner in Egypt. This package places high penalties on individuals found guilty of engaging in or financing terrorism including a possible …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

A federal judge in Buenos Aires froze the assets of former Argentinian president Cristina Fern├índez de Kirchner Wednesday. The action comes in association with the charge against de Kirchner for fraudulently manipulating the economy during her final months in office. Kirchner is charged with conspiring to sell USD $17 billion in futures contracts using an inflated …

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