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Legal news from Tuesday, February 28, 2017
by Matthew Santiago

The Bangladesh Parliament on Monday passed revisions to the Child Marriage Restraint Act, allowing girls under the age of 18 to be married under "special circumstances." The revisions do not change the minimum marriage age requirements set in 1929. Instead, they designate a committee of local officials to review individual cases of …

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by Rachel Gerber

Gun rights advocates are allowed to publish personal information, such as addresses and telephone numbers, of legislators who voted in favor of California's recent gun control laws, a federal judge ruled Monday. Chief Judge Lawrence O'Neill of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a preliminary injunction against California Government Code …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday denied a request to stay the appeal regarding President Donald Trump's controversial immigration executive order. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) requested a hold on the court proceedings until Trump issues a new order on immigration. Minnesota and Washington …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) introduced a motion to withdraw in a Texas Federal Court Monday, reversing its previous stance that SB 14, a Texas voter ID law, was created with an intent to discriminate against minorities. The original claim was filed under the Obama administration, which targeted voter ID laws nationwide. The newly appointed …

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by Alexandra Farone

Japanese automobile parts manufacturer Takata pleaded guilty on Monday to wire fraud arising out of air bag defects that killed 16 people. Takata was sentenced to pay $1 billion in fines, victim compensation and compensation to the auto manufacturers for recall and replacement. Judge George Caram Steeh of the US District Court for the …

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by Rachel Gerber

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled on Monday in favor of three transgender students at Pine-Richland High School and ordered the school district to allow students to use the bathroom of their choice. Judge Mark Hornak granted a preliminary injunction to the students as they …

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by Jonathon Churchin

A UN Working Group on Monday concluded that people of African descent in Germany suffer discrimination, profiling and xenophobia on a day to day basis. The report concluded that, "institutional racism and racist stereotyping by the criminal justice system has led to a failure to effectively investigate and prosecute perpetrators of racist violence, racial profiling and …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Monday in Packingham v. North Carolina and Esquivel-Quintana v. Sessions. In Packingham the court considered whether a law that bans the use of social media for registered sex offenders is permissible under First Amendment precedent. In the case at hand, petitioner, a registered sex offender, was …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court affirmed the judgment in Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission in a summary disposition on Monday. The case revolved around whether Congress may require organizations engaged in policy issues and unconnected to campaigns, to report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and publicly disclose their donors …

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