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Legal news from Wednesday, September 21, 2016
by Taylor Isaac

A senior UN official on Tuesday unveiled a draft set of principles aimed at continuing momentum toward the protection of human rights of refugees and migrants. The momentum began with UN member states' adoption of the New York Declaration earlier this week. Kate Gilmore, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for …

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by Taylor Isaac

A commission under the Council of Europe on Wednesday released a preliminary report finding that proposed changes to the Azerbaijan Constitution are not justified and would hinder the balance of government power. The Venice Commission, a constitutional watchdog branch of the Council of Europe, wrote the report and focused their warning on …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Ahmad Rahami, the suspect in last week's bombings in New York and New Jersey, was charged in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday. The charges include: Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Bombing a Place of Public Use, Destruction of Property by Means of Fire …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday ruled that children facing deportation proceedings may not file a class action suit to determine whether they are entitled to an attorney as a due process right. The opinion reversed in part a ruling by Judge Thomas Zilly that determined the federal …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Texas and Nevada filed suit on behalf of 19 other states against the Department of Labor (DOL) Monday, challenging the Obama administration's new overtime rule. The US Chamber of Commerce, representing 50 business organizations, is also suing the DOL over the same regulation. The "new Overtime Rule," as it is referred …

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by Steven Wildberger

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday ruled in favor of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in a case asserting that the state of Texas failed to soften its voter identification law as ordered. After the US Court of Appeals for the …

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by Alexandra Farone

The North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a claim by two former magistrates that their rights were violated by 2014 guidance memos from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) that said they could be fired if they refused to perform same-sex marriages. The magistrates resigned after the …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) opened an investigation on Tuesday into the fatal police shooting of Terence Crutcher. Crutcher, an unarmed black man, was shot last week by a Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer responding to a 911 call of a vehicle blocking a road. The Tulsa police department is investigating the shooting, but US …

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