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Legal news from Friday, April 7, 2017
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

A Tunisian Court sentenced British DJ Dax J to a year in prison on Thursday for public indecency and offending public morality after the artist played a remix of the Muslim call to prayer in a nightclub. The nightclub was subsequently shut down and charges were filed against the club's owner and the organizer …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has expressed alarm at the deteriorating condition of South Sudan's security in light of the recent attacks carried out in the the town of Pajok. UNHCR said that homes have been looted by roving militia and the elderly and disabled who could not flee from the conflict were shot dead …

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by Clarissa Sarmiento

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Friday called for President Donald Trump to consult Congress on potential further action following a military strike on Syria. While Ryan says that it was within the President's to authorize the launch, he further stated that now is the appropriate time "for the administration …

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by William Theisen

Neil M. Gorsuch has been confirmed in a 54-45 vote by the Senate as the 113th justice of the US Supreme Court. Gorsuch was a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Colorado before becoming President Donald Trump's nominee to fill the seat left vacant following the death of …

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by William Theisen

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands called on judges to hold South Africa accountable for failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir when he visited the country in 2015. Two arrest warrants have been issued for Al-Bashir involving numerous charges including "crimes against humanity, war …

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by Erik Slobe

Members of the Ohio Legislature on Thursday introduced Senate Bill 128 which would give nuclear power plants in the state credits they could sell because they don't create air pollution. The program is set to last eight periods, that are each two years long. In order to qualify for the credits, it must be shown that …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The US Department of Justice said in a press release on Thursday that it paid victims over $800 million from the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund. The money has compensated the survivors and families of victims of the Iranian hostage crisis, the Kenyan bombings, the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a military-backed constitution into law on Thursday. The new constitution installs an electoral system for selecting the 500 members of Thailand's parliament. In this system, the Thai people will vote for one of 350 candidates. Those votes are than added together to determine which political parties will gain the …

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by Rachel Gerber

There are still persistent levels of unethical business conduct around the world as there has been great political change and increased economic uncertainty, stated Ernst & Young's Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services in their 2017 Fraud Survey released on Thursday. The survey focuses on Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa. Nearly 1 in 5 …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Cuba agreed on Thursday to a visit from UN Special Rapporteur Maria Grazia Giammarinaro to assess the human trafficking situation in the country. This visit will be the first in ten years by an independent expert of the UN Human Rights Council. According to Giammarinaro, her visit is "an opportunity to meet relevant authorities and key …

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by Lars Peterson

Samsung head Lee Jae-yong on Friday denied the bribery charges brought against him in his first court appearance before the Seoul Central District Court. Lee was arrested in February and is accused of giving $38.2 million to an adivsor of ousted South korean President Park Geun-hye. In return for the alleged …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against Ohio's lethal injection process. The court ruled that the only question before them was whether the lower court abused its discretion in allowing the injunction, which the court of appeals held it did not. This case is a result of …

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by Ram Eachambadi

UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix described the security situation in Mali as "alarming" during his first briefing on Thursday. While acknowledging the progress resulting since the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali was signed, Lacroix stated that Mali requires continued support from the international community, including potential changes to UN operations in …

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by Alexandra Farone

Twitter, Inc. filed a lawsuit against the US government challenging an order to release the identity of the user operating an anti-Trump Twitter account (@ALT_uscis). This account describes itself as "immigration resistance" and is openly critical of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Trump administration, and it is …

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by Rachel Gerber

Republic chairman of the Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes announced Thursday that he would temporarily step aside on committee's investigation into possible Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.The House Ethics Committee announced it will be investigating the congressman for disclosing unauthorized classified information which the congressman denies. Nunes will continue working on other …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The Iowa House approved a bill Thursday that implements the most strict restrictions on abortion the state has ever had. The bill prohibits all abortions after 20 weeks into the pregnancy and enacts a 72 hour waiting period before any woman can get an abortion. The debate over the bill extended for over 6 hours. House Republicans …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A lawyer for the Department of Justice said Thursday that the department has "grave concerns" over the Baltimore Police Reform consent decree negotiated under former President Obama. This took place during a hearing intended to allow the public to share their thoughts on the settlement. The city solicitor and several Baltimore residents …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) filed suit against Apple on Thursday alleging that the company made "false, misleading, or deceptive representations" to consumers. The allegations stem from an investigation into reports of devices being disabled after downloading an operating system update. The ACCC claims that the company denied specific devices, which had …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Russian Supreme Court began hearings on Wednesday on a request to outlaw the Jehovah's Witnesses religious group. The Russian Ministry of Justice has named the group on a list of extremist organizations. The ministry argues that Jehovah's Witnesses' common practice of passing out pamphlets incites hatred against other …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on Thursday ruled that parents who remove their children from school during the term may be subject to prosecution. Jon Platt was facing this prosecution after a 7 day trip in 2015 in which he removed his daughter to vacation in Florida. The court was examining if this was …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The South Africa Constitutional Court dismissed the Department of Environmental Affairs's (SADEA) appeal to maintain the moratorium on domestic trade of rhino horn on Wednesday. The moratorium was issued in 2009 under section 57(2) of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004, which was enacted to protect species and ecosystems in danger. The High …

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by Clarissa Sarmiento

The City of Osaka, Japan on Wednesday became the first city in the country to recognize same-sex couples as foster parents. The city government officially certified two men as foster parents of a teenage boy who has been under their care since February. The couple first consulted the Osaka City child consultation center in the …

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