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Legal news from Wednesday, April 12, 2017
by Steven Wildberger

The Parliament of Egypt on Tuesday gave its unanimous approval to a three-month state of emergency put in place by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Announced by Egypt's state-run news, the state of emergency was instituted in response to two deadly Christian church bombings in the Egyptian cities …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Zambian opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was arrested Wednesday on treason charges for allegedly obstructing President Edgar Lungu's motorcade. Police raided Hichilema's house and questioned him after he blocked the president's motorcade on Saturday. Hichilema has been defeated in two previous presidential elections and claims that the last election was rigged. The police have stated …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Hundreds of detainees at the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) in Tacoma, Washington began a hunger strike on Monday. According to NWDC Resistance, an advocacy group for undocumented immigrants, prior to the beginning of the hunger strike a demand letter was circulated through the facility that included demands for more expedited …

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by Emelina Perez

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled on Monday that the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe has exercised sufficient governmental power to meet the requirements of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA), which would make their settlement lands subject to federal instead of state laws. Massachusetts argued that 500 acres of …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The UK Court of Appeal ruled on Wednesday that terminally ill Noel Conway can proceed with challenge of the country's law against assisted dying. Noel Conway, a retired college lecturer, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2014 and is not expected to live more than 12 months. In March, a panel of High Court judges rejected …

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by Akira Tomlinson

A Brazil Supreme Court justice on Tuesday ordered investigations into eight cabinet ministers and dozens of lawmakers who are allegedly linked to the country's so-called "car wash" bribery scheme. The list of those under investigation consists of high-ranking officials in key political positions. Citizens in Brazil have erupted in protest due to the alleged political corruption …

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by Autumn Callan

Human Rights Watch issued a report on Tuesday saying California's bail system pressures the poor into pleading guilty in order to be released from jail. The group said tens of thousands of Californians have been held for days to months without a conviction. It also said California's median bail rates are five times that of …

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by Erik Slobe

European Union vice president Frans Timmermans announced on Wednesday that a legal assessment will be launched "as soon as possible" regarding Hungary's recently enacted Higher Education Law. Opponents argue the law is meant to close the Central European University (CEU), and may violate European Union free movement of services and freedom of establishment requirements. A spokesman …

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by Emelina Perez

The state of Hawaii, in a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban, requested on Tuesday that the entire Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sit for review of the case. Hawaii is requesting the en banc hearing for the appeal, arguing that this is a "question of exceptional importance." The state also referred to a similar …

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by Erik Slobe

Amnesty International (AI) released its annual report on global use of the death penalty Tuesday, saying China continues to use the punishment more than any other country. The group says the exact number of executions committed in China in 2016 cannot be known for certain because China labels information related to executions as a …

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by Autumn Callan

The Constitutional Court of Hungary repealed a village ban on the construction of mosques as well as headscarves like burkas and chadors worn by Muslim women on Wednesday. The village of Asotthalom, located on the Serbian boarder, implemented implemented the law in November. The village also outlawed muezzins, men who call Muslims to prayer from the minaret of …

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by Miracle Jones

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday announced his office has mandated immigration enforcement as a priority. In order to limit the number of undocumented immigrants in the country, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a memo to all federal prosecutors instructing them to prosecute harboring and reentry cases as felonies instead …

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