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Legal news from Thursday, September 29, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation clarifying felons' voting rights. The law now clarifies that those sentenced under the third category of Criminal Justice Realignment Act of 2011—a term in county jail—are not stripped of their constitutional right to vote and confirms that only those serving a …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that indigent defendants may sue counties to ensure that public defenders' offices are more adequately funded. The case presented the issue of: "whether a cause of action exists entitling a class of indigent criminal defendants to allege prospective, systemic violations of the right to counsel due to underfunding, and to …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Supreme Court of India ruled Wednesday that an Italian marine under investigation for murdering two Indian fishermen may stay in Italy pending a determination of where jurisdiction lies in the matter. Salvatore Girone, another marine involved in the 2012 incident, was allowed by the court to return to Italy in May under similar circumstances. …

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by Miracle Jones

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday dismissed the complaints of two individuals who were found liable for the 1998 Omagh bombing. The Belfast High Court had found that Liam Campbell and Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt were civilly liable for perpetuating the bombing. They appealed to the ECHR arguing that …

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by Matthew Santiago

The US Congress on Wednesday overrode US President Barrack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) last Friday, stating that such a bill violates international standards of foreign sovereign immunity and may …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Wednesday against a New Hampshire law banning electronic devices in the ballot booth, making way for individuals to take "selfies" when voting. The court held that New Hampshire's HB 366, which prohibited individuals from making their marked ballots known to other individuals, is unconstitutional. The …

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by Brittany Felder

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Wednesday that approximately 32,000 people have been arrested in relation to the recent coup attempt, and 70,000 have been questioned. Bozdag indicated the country will have to build more courts in order to try those accused in the coup attempt. Construction has already begun on a new …

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by Brittany Felder

Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously rejected an appeal by former prime minister Ehud Olmert attempting to shorten his sentence for accepting bribes. The court, taking into account both the severity of the sentence and the conviction, upheld [Al-Monitor report] Olmert's sentence but also rejected an appeal from the prosecution appealing Olmert's acquittal in another matter as …

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