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Legal news from Tuesday, April 11, 2017
by Brittany Felder

Legislators in Maryland on Monday withdrew a bill proposing to make Maryland a so-called "sanctuary state." The purpose of the bill was to "prohibiting a specified government agent from taking specified actions for immigration enforcement purposes." The bill would have prevented law enforcement from "stopping, arresting, searching, or detaining an individual for purposes of investigating a …

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by Aaron Christenson

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced that it had effectively disrupted the Kelihos botnet, a network of thousands of virus ridden computers used to glean personal information and login credentials by distributing malicious software through spam emails. Once infected by Kelihos, compromised computers within the botnet are used by the Defendant to generate huge …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Hungary's president Janos Ader on Monday signed legislation requiring foreign universities in Hungary to also have campuses their home country. This is an issue for schools like Central European University (CEU), which has a campus in Hungary but nowhere else, even though it states that the university has a dual US-Hungary identity. The school, financed by …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Hearings began in Spain on Monday regarding potential war crimes committed by President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. The case is a result of a Spanish national's brother being abducted and tortured in Damascus before being executed in 2013. The family claims that the brother was not part of an opposition group and just a truck …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Group of Seven (G7) nations failed to reach an agreement on whether to impose new sanctions on Russia and Syria, Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano announced Tuesday. Before the two-day meeting of the G7 ministers, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had stated that he wanted to impose new sanctions in the wake of …

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by Alexandra Farone

Several US advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on Monday to obtain visitor logs for who has met with President Trump at the White House, the Mar-a-Lago Florida resort and Trump Tower in New York. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, National Security Archive and the Knight First Amendment Institute initiated the suit in the …

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by Matthew Santiago

US District Judge Nelva G. Ramos found Monday that a controversial Texas voter ID law was passed in part with discriminatory intent. The plaintiffs argued that the law burdened minority voters who are more likely to not carry identification. They say such a burden was intended by Texas Republicans to suppress voters who tend …

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by Lars Peterson

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Monday afternoon resigned from his office after impeachment proceedings were initiated against him by lawmakers that morning. Bentley was under investigation for misuse of state resources to pursue and cover up an affair with one of his former staff members, Rebekah Caldwell. Bentley has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges, failing …

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