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Legal news from Monday, March 6, 2017
by Meena Ansari

US President Donald Trump signed a new immigration executive order Monday, which contains several departures from the original January executive order. Notably, Iraqi citizens are no longer ineligible to receive new visas. The order also sets out classes of people eligible to apply for case-by-case waivers to the order, including those who were previously admitted to the US …

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by Aaron Christenson

Bahrain's Shura Council, the upper house of parliament, on Sunday approved a change in the nation's constitution that will allow military trials for civilians accused of being involved in terrorism plots. Critics are concerned that Bahrain is returning to policies that it promised to reform, including cracking down on dissenting political groups and …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 Monday in Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado that a juror's racial bias creates an exception to the no-impeachment rule that limits the second-guessing of jury verdicts. The rule is designed to protect a jury's verdict from being questioned later due to comments expressed during jury voting. Miguel Peña-Rodriguez was convicted …

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by Meena Ansari

The US Supreme Court on Monday vacated a lower court ruling in a case concerning transgender restroom policies following a move by the Trump administration to rescind guidelines that school districts should allow students to use the bathroom of their choice. The court had previously set arguments in the case for March 28 but has …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Bahrain's justice ministry filed a lawsuit on Monday to dissolve an opposition group because of its threat to security. According to the ministry, the National Democratic Action Society, or Waad, had committed serious violations contrary to the rule of law. The ministry also attests that Ward supports terrorism and sanctions violence by glorifying individuals convicted of …

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by Aaron Christenson

Hearings began on Monday in a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), with Ukraine asking the ICJ to bar Russia from "any action which might aggravate" the contentious border conflict between the two nations. Ukraine's filing that started the proceedings alleges that Russia has subjected Ukraine to "increasing degrees of pressure and intimidation." Ukraine …

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