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Legal news from Wednesday, March 29, 2017
by Justin Cosgrove

The Trump administration on Tuesday asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to postpone ruling on the Obama administration's climate change regulations. This request came after President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back the Obama administration policies. The Clean Power Plan was challenged during …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

UN human rights experts called on the Russian Federation Wednesday to release protest3rs arrested during a peaceful demonstration Sunday. Protestors gathered following allegations that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev amassed millions in a property portfolio through corrupt means. Dozens were arrested and a number of the protesters were subsequently sentenced to imprisonment and fines along with numerous journalists who …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

UN Secretary-General António Guterres confirmed Tuesday that the remains of two human rights investigators were found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan were members of the Group of Experts on the DRC and had been missing since March 12. Sharp and Catalan had been studying the causes …

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by Akira Tomlinson

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice on Tuesday vetoed Senate Bill 330, an attempt to clarify the right-to-work law passed last year. Justice says the issue is currently before the courts and the process should not be interfered with as dictated by the Constitution. Justice called for the legislature to instead focus on the …

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by Autumn Callan

An Ivory Coast court acquitted former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity on Tuesday. The court acquitted due to a lack of evidence and concerns on whether Gbagbo, who is already serving a 20-year prison term for undermining state security, received a fair trial. In November Gbagbo's preferred lawyers withdrew from the trial because …

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by Erik Slobe

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pennsylvania reached a settlement with the School District of Lancaster Tuesday over the placement of newly arrived 17 to 20-year-old immigrant students. The lawsuit states that the students, who knew little or no English, were prevented from attending the local high school, and instead required to attend the …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The Tennessee Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the state's lethal injection protocols in a unanimous opinion. The court found that death row inmates failed to show that the current protocol violates their constitution right against cruel and unusual punishment. Executions have been stayed in the state while the legal challenge was pending with the …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice on Wednesday upheld the 20-year prison sentence of Ion Ficior for crimes against humanity. Ficior was the commander of the Periprava labor camp from 1958 to 1963, during which approximately 103 political prisoners died. During his trial, former detainees accused him of beatings, providing limited access to food and medicine, overworking …

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by Autumn Callan

The UK government triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday, officially beginning the legal process of Britain leaving the European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May stated shortly after signing the exit letter, "The Article 50 process is now under way, and in accordance with the wishes of the British people, the United Kingdom is …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman that a New York state law that prohibited sellers from applying a surcharge to customers who paid with a credit card regulated the speech of the sellers. The law, New York General Business Law §518, would punish violators with a fine …

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by Emelina Perez

A Taiwanese human rights advocate, Lee Ming-che, is detained in China, suspected of harming national security, according to Chinese government officials. Lee disappeared on March 19 after entering Macau. The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council PRC reported that Lee is being held in accordance with legal principles, but the government has not released any …

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by Emelina Perez

Lawyers for Daniel Ramirez Medina, a Mexican-born man detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), despite being a recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, have said that their client is expected to be released as early as Wednesday on a $15,000 bond. DACA recipients are granted permission to stay and …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Lee v. United States. In Lee v. United States the court is considering whether it is expected that a non-citizen resident with strong ties to the US would reject a plea offer that would result in mandatory deportation, and therefore advice by counsel …

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by Justin Cosgrove

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday reforming the previous administration's energy policies. Trump stated that previous policies and regulations became burdensome to the energy industry and that by altering these regulations and policies wages will increase by more than $30 billion over the next seven years. The new order targets [Fox News …

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by Miracle Jones

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Tuesday dismissed a complaint from eight individuals scheduled for executions in Arkansas next month. Griffen granted the state's motion to dismiss the amended complaint, finding that he had no jurisdiction over the matter after the state's Supreme Court reversed his previous ruling. Griffen wrote:As such, it is more than troubling, …

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by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to repeal Internet privacy regulations. Following the Senate vote, the House voted 231-189 to approve HR 230, preventing the Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services rule from entering into force. The rule would have prevented telecommunication organizations from selling or sharing …

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by Brittany Felder

Scottish lawmakers on Tuesday voted 69-59 in favor of holding an independence referendum. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had pushed for a referendum between 2018 and 2019 following the UK's move to leave the EU. Speaking about her plans last week, Sturgeon stated, "Scotland stands at a hugely important crossroads. On the eve of …

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by Brittany Felder

In a settlement agreement announced on Monday, the state of Michigan has agreed to allot $87 million to replace lead water pipes in the city of Flint. Among other things, the settlement provides that residents of Flint can receive lead testing of their water four times per year, are entitled to bottled water deliveries, and that water …

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