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Legal news from Wednesday, April 5, 2017
by Akira Tomlinson

UN Secretary-General António Guterres voiced deep regret regarding US decision to cut financial support for the UN population agency. According to Guterres, the decision is based on an inaccurate depiction of the nature and importance of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Guterres says the funding cut could have devastating effects on the health of vulnerable women, …

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by Autumn Callan

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington has issued a preliminary injunction to block Seattle's first-in-the-nation law that will allow drivers for taxis, Lyft and Uber to unionize. The law, passed in 2015, allows drivers who are considered independent contractors to unionize and collectively bargain for benefits such as healthcare. The …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that law-enforcement can seize private Facebook account information. The court ruled that Facebook could not contest the warrants and therefore the court could not decide the matter. The court found that only users themselves have the right to challenge warrants in criminal proceedings. …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The UN Security Council conducted emergency talks on Wednesday regarding an alleged chemical attack in Syria that killed numerous civilians. According to statement made by UN Secretary-General António Guterres Tuesday the UN is not currently in a position to independently verify if chemical weapons were used. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The state of Massachusetts on Tuesday requested the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court find that state authorities lack jurisdiction to detain illegal immigrants. This request comes after the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency requested courts and law enforcement to hold illegal immigrants in custody for up to 48 hours after their …

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by Emelina Perez

The cabinet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel approved draft legislation on Wednesday that would impose fines on social media websites for failing to delete users' entries that violate German hate speech laws. The fines could reportedly be as high as 50 million Euros ($53 million). The law would make the websites responsible for removing …

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by Autumn Callan

A UK high court on Wednesday stayed the extradition of a British man, Rosslee Charles, to Turkey given concerns over his safety. Charles, a gay man, was convicted of homosexual rape in Turkey in 2006. Before the trial, Charles had been held for six months in a Turkish prison. During that time he was assaulted by guards and …

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by Erik Slobe

Australia's Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion on Tuesday rejected a call from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz to create specific targets to improve the treatment of Aboriginal peoples. Tauli-Corpuz visited Australia between March 20 and April 3. She noted that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders represent …

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by Emelina Perez

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that LGBT employees are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The plaintiff in the case was Kimberly Hively, who claims that she was not hired by Ivy Tech Community College because of her sexual orientation. …

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by Miracle Jones

The Supreme Court of Missouri ruled Tuesday a parole revocation was improper because the court failed to consider reasons why an indigent defendant failed to pay court cost. The case dealt with a man named William Fleming who was unable to repay $4,236.50 in three years as required by the court in conjunction with his probation. After missing …

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by Jennifer Suder

Iceland's Parliament presented a bill on Tuesday that would require all public and private companies that employ more than 25 people to prove they provide equal pay for employees. If a company is unable to prove employees are paid equally through an auditing system, the company could receive fines. The legislation would apply …

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by Miracle Jones

A group of US Senators on Tuesday introduced a bipartisan bill to require government agents to get a warrant when searching electronic devices of US citizens at the border. The Protecting Data at the Border Act seeks to allow citizens to deny a request of border agents to search their electronic …

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by Matthew Santiago

Brazil's top court, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), on Tuesday suspended the trial of President Michel Temer who is accused of receiving illegal donations during his 2014 campaign. Following former president Dilma Rousseff's removal from office, her lawyers presented evidence in November that Temer received a US $295,351 deposit …

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by Matthew Santiago

US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill [S.J.Res.34, materials] officially repealing internet privacy regulations set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) during the end of former president Barrack Obama's term. A pending FCC rule, Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services, would have required internet providers …

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