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Legal news from Thursday, December 1, 2016
by Autumn Callan

A UN commission on human rights in South Sudan warned Thursday that ethnic cleansing is taking place in some areas of the country. Chairwoman for the commission, Yasmin Sooka, said, "here is already a steady process of ethnic cleansing underway in several areas of South Sudan using starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages." The commission has …

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by Meena Ansari

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Wednesday that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can serve a "John Doe" summons to digital-currency-services company Coinbase seeking detailed information on their customers' 2013-2015 transactions. The summons will allow the IRS to have access to the names …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Bahraini authorities charged human rights lawyer Mohamed al-Tajer on Thursday with insulting government institutions. In addition, Al-Tajer, who previously defended human rights advocates, is facing two other charges: inciting hatred of a religious sect and misusing a telecommunications appliance. Prosecutors are investigating a WhatsApp voice message in which al-Tajer accused the Bahraini government of spying …

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by Emelina Perez

A judge for the Cuyahoga County Probate Court in Ohio approved a settlement on Wednesday in which the city of Cleveland will pay $6 million [Cleveland.com report] to the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black child who was shot and killed by a white police officer in a recreation center in November 2014. The …

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by Emelina Perez

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Congress, passed a measure on Wednesday that would permit defendants to seek criminal consequences for prosecutors and judges if the officials abuse their powers, a change that many believe would impair law enforcement's ability to investigate political corruption. A bill urging …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other women's groups filed suits Wednesday challenging abortion laws in Alaska, Missouri and North Carolina. Citing 42 USC § 1983, which provides a means of attaining injunctive relief for constitutional violations, the cases specifically attack a restriction in Alaska banning abortions at outpatient centers, a standard for …

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by Erik Slobe

Colombia's Congress approved a peace accord Wednesday with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Senate and House of Representatives both voted in support of the agreement, although many voting members walked out before the vote took place in protest of the deal. Opponents of the agreement argue that it is too lenient …

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by Miracle Jones

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday expressed concern for global human rights. The commissioner urged the promotion of human rights and dignity in an informal briefing to the human rights council after completing an international tour. The briefing served as an announcement of a global public information campaign to counteract the mistrust of …

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by Taylor Isaac

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in an immigration case that will determine the permissible length of detention before a bond hearing is necessary, if one is required at all. Jennings v. Rodriguez is a class-action lawsuit challenging immigration detention procedures. Alejandro Rodriguez, a permanent resident that was detained for …

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