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Legal news from Thursday, December 15, 2016
by Meena Ansari

A bill renewing US sanctions against Iran for another 10 years because law Thursday without President Barack Obama's signature. Obama has commented that the act will not affect the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) signed in July 2015, under which world powers agreed to lift international sanctions against Iran in exchange for Iran curbing …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday rejected a challenge to California's 10-day waiting period for purchasing a gun. California law requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases, even after obtaining a permit and passing a background check. A federal judge struck down the law in 2014, …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A Malaysian federal court on Wednesday rejected a final appeal by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to set aside his sodomy conviction. Anwar was convicted of sodomy in 2014 and sentenced to a five-year jail term. This came less than a year after he led a three-party opposition alliance to massive electoral gains in 2013. A panel …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The Amsterdam District Court ruled on Wednesday that Crimean gold artifacts are to be returned to Ukraine and not Crimea. The artifacts, including gems, helmets and scabbards, were on loan to Amsterdam's Allard Pierson Museum when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014. Russian authorities argued …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases Wednesday. The court consolidated the cases of Turner v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Overton v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF], limited to the question of "hether the petitioners' convictions must be set aside under Brady v. Maryland." Both cases involve the …

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