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Legal news from Thursday, February 9, 2017
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court decision blocking President Donald Trump's executive order restricting immigration. In a per curiam decision, the three-judge panel held, "that the Government has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure …

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by Taylor Isaac

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe on Thursday filed a legal challenge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia in an attempt to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). On Wednesday, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) officially granted an easement to the DAPL developer [JURIST …

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by Rachel Gerber

A three-judge panel in North Carolina issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday that limits a law stripping the state's new governor, Roy Cooper, of some of his powers. The law required Senate approval for the Governor's Cabinet nominees, a measure never required before. Cooper and his fellow Democrats have been critical of the …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The Texas Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that would effectively ban so-called sanctuary cities, requiring cities to be in compliance with federal immigration law. SB 4 would require law enforcement in cities and on college campuses to hold an arrested person in custody until immigration officials look into their immigration status. It would also allow victims of crimes …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The High Court of Kenya ruled Thursday that a government order to close the world's largest refugee camp is unconstitutional. Dadaab, a camp to more than 200,000 people, would have been forced to shut down and send its inhabitants back to war-torn Somalia. The judge who halted the order said the government failed …

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by Rachel Gerber

The Mississippi House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would allow execution by firing squad, nitrogen gas or electrocution if the current method of execution, lethal injection, is deemed unconstitutional by a court. The legislation outlines a process wherein nitrogen gas is the first alternative, followed by the firing squad, then electrocution. Various …

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by Jonathon Churchin

African nations should not abandon the International Criminal Court (ICC), UN Special Adviser Adama Dieng urged in an editorial [The East African op-ed] Monday. Dieng, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, wrote in response to three African nations, Burundi, South Africa and The Gambia, after they announced intentions to withdraw from the court. …

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by Aaron Christenson

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Wednesday rejected a challenge by the US Chamber of Commerce to a rule governing retirement investment advice. The regulation requires professionals who occasionally give financial advice to be treated as fiduciaries under the revised definitions of the Employee Retirement Income …

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by Alexis Wheeler

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday issued an order to enjoin the proposed merger of health insurance giant Anthem and Cigna. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) sued to halt the merger in July on the grounds that the acquisition of Cigna would "substantially lessen" [press …

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by Aaron Christenson

The UK House of Commons voted 494-122 Wednesday to approve HC Bill 132, which would empower Prime Minister Theresa May to formally begin the Brexit process. The House of Commons completed its first reading of the bill late last month, two days after the UK Supreme Court ruled that the …

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by Steven Wildberger

The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved SB 3, putting Pennsylvania in line to become the seventeenth state to pass a bill banning abortions past 20 weeks. The bill passed the Senate by a 32-18 vote, leaving it two votes shy of a supermajority able to defeat Governor Tom Wolf's promised veto. Although this bill …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

Israel-based advocacy groups Legal Center for Arab Rights and the Jerusalem Center for Human Rights and Legal Aid asked the Israeli Supreme Court Wednesday to review a new law that retroactively legalizes some 4,000 settlements in the West Bank. The bill, initially approved in December, received the final votes in needed in the Knesset …

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by Steven Wildberger

US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was confirmed as Attorney General by a 52 to 47 vote on Wednesday, bringing to a close a contentious confirmation process. The committee hearing on his nomination included testimony on Sessions' controversial history regarding race, but resulted ultimately in his being advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sessions vowed …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

A coalition of advocacy groups filed suit in federal court Monday to challenge a Trump administration executive order aimed at reducing federal regulations. Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the union Communications Workers of America brought the suit, alleging that the order exceeds presidential authority and violates the Constitution. The order, signed on …

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