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Legal news from Tuesday, October 25, 2016
by Matthew Santiago

A federal judge on Monday issued a preliminary injunction blocking Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson from enforcing a ban against "ballot selfies" on election day. The state statute made the act of posting and displaying one's ballot a misdemeanor offense, thereby prohibiting state residents from taking pictures of ballots for social media. …

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by Ashley Hogan

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Monday called on the US government to "abolish the mandatory detention of migrants, especially asylum seekers, from all countries." The working group stated that mandatory detention was a violation of international law standards. The group urged US authorities to ensure individual assessment for detention of asylum seekers, including …

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by Ashley Hogan

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) acted reasonably when it proposed to list certain populations of bearded seals in Alaska as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. Designation of the animal as threatened gives bearded seals the lower of …

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by Matthew Santiago

A Pennsylvania judge on Monday sentenced former attorney general Kathleen Kane to 10 to 23 months in jail after she was found guilty of perjury and abusing her position. Kane resigned from office in August after being convicted of leaking grand jury materials to discredit a political opponent and lying about her actions under oath. …

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by Taylor Isaac

Popular services like Snapchat and Skype are falling short on privacy protections for their users, Amnesty International (AI) said in a new report. The report, released Friday, ranked the 11 companies that provide the most popular services, including Facebook and Apple. The analysis gave the companies a rating between 0 and 100 based on …

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by Taylor Isaac

According to a report on Monday, the Burundi Interior Ministry issued an order last week withdrawing permits from a prominent human rights group and four other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detained Persons (APRODH), a major human rights group in the area, as well as the other …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Chinese Communist Party announced on Monday that the Chinese government has punished more than one million officials for corruption. The statistics were released when the highest-ranking members of the party met for the Sixth Plenum of the 18th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Additionally, they announced that 409 alleged fugitives have been …

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by Alexandra Farone

South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed on Monday to amend the country's constitutional provision that restricts presidents to one term in office. In a speech to the legislature, she called for a special committee of the National Assembly to debate the issue. Currently, South Korean presidents can only have a single five-year …

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