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Legal news from Saturday, October 29, 2016
by Ram Eachambadi

The UN General Assembly on Friday elected 14 member-states by secret ballot to serve three-year terms on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) beginning January 1. The newly elected countries include Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, Rwanda, Tunisia and the US. Countries re-elected for an additional term were China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, South …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A jury in Portland, Oregon on Thursday acquitted all seven defendants involved in the 41-day armed occupation of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, in a trial that lasted nearly six weeks. The defendants were acquitted of the main charge of conspiring to impede federal employees from performing their duties, while no verdict was reached in connection …

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by Steven Wildberger

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Friday granted a stay on the preliminary injunction that had halted Michigan's ban on taking selfies [Mich. Comp. Laws § 168.738(2), text] with completed voting ballots. In granting the stay, this places the ban back into effect. The district court opinion below had held …

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by Steven Wildberger

The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted to begin negotiations on banning nuclear weapons, despite opposition votes from world leaders including the United States, Russia, and the UK. The vote in the UN disarmament and international security committee passed 123-38, with 16 abstentions. The resolution aims to be a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear …

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