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Legal news from Friday, April 14, 2017
by Akira Tomlinson

Amnesty International (AI) released a statement on Thursday calling for Arkansas to halt the execution of eight death row prisoners. Arkansas has scheduled these execution to take place within short time spans of each other in order to beat the expiration of their drug of choice, midazolam. According to Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The US Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced Thursday sanction against the Iranian prison company Tehran Prisons Organization and one of its senior officials, Sohrab Soleimani, for human rights abuses at its Evin Prison. According to the release, "Former prisoners of Evin Prison have reported harsh interrogations, forced confessions, psychological …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday dropped a federal lawsuit against the state of North Carolina over a bill requiring transgender people to use the public bathroom associated with their birth gender. The DOJ originally filed the lawsuit against the state in May 2016. The Justice Department decided to drop the lawsuit due to …

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by William Theisen

The Supreme Court of Mississippi ruled to keep the identification of drugs used in executions a secret in a 7-2 ruling Thursday. The lawsuit was brought against the Mississippi Department of Corrections by the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center. During oral arguments, James Craig from the RSMJC argued that it …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Missouri State House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday to standardize state-wide ride sharing rules and have sent it to the desk of Governor Eric Greitens. If signed by Greitens, House Bill 130 will create uniform state-wide rules governing ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. The bill was sponsored by Representative Kirk …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The UN Security Council voted Thursday to end a 13-year-long peacekeeping operation in Haiti. The council will slowly downgrade the UN's presence in Haiti to a small policing force over the next six months. Following the recommendations of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres the Council also agreed to establish the new United Nations …

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by Lars Peterson

The Office of Inspector General on Wednesday released an investigative report with findings on allegations of gender discrimination and sexual harassment at Yellowstone National Park. The investigation began in September 2016 after an employee alleged that a pervasive culture of gender bias against women, sexual harassment, and financial misconduct existed in Yellowstone's maintenance division …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Physician Jumana Nagarwala, was charged Thursday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on minors out of a medical office in Livonia, Michigan. According to the complaint, the girls were as young as six to eight years of age and were transported from …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The Canadian government on Thursday announced a plan to legal recreational use of marijuana by July 2018. Canada is set to implement this plan into law nationwide, though the government has stated that it would leave specific details, such as commercial regulations, up to each individual province. Proponents of the plan have stated the …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on Thursday signed legislation expanding gun rights in the state. House File 517 gives gun owners the ability to defend themselves in public and preventing local governments from implementing their own rules. The law expands Iowa's stand your ground rules as well as individuals with concealed-carry permits …

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