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Legal news from Monday, April 17, 2017
by Justin Cosgrove

Advocacy groups Legal Aid Justice Center and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia announced Monday that the US Department of Education has launched a civil rights investigation of Richmond Public Schools. The probe comes at the request of advocacy groups who argue [Richmond Times-Dispatch report] the district's disciplinary policies discriminate against black students …

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by Meena Ansari

The US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by a group of Central American asylum-seekers Monday who hoped the Court would overturn a lower court's ruling preventing them from having their removal orders reviewed by a federal judge. The lead plaintiff in the case, Rosa Castro, fled El Salvador in 2015 with …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Over 1,000 Palestinian political prisoners in six Israeli prisons embarked on an indefinite hunger strike starting on Monday, in observance of Palestinian Prisoners Day. The strikers say they want better medical care, more humane transfers between prisons, and the end of "administrative detention" where Palestinians are arrested without knowing why. According to Addameer, a prisoners' rights …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Alphabet Inc., owner of Google, and the Russian Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS), reached an out-of-court settlement with in a dispute over Google's requiring Android phone manufacturers to pre-install its own search tool on Monday. In 2015 the FAS ruled that this requirement was an abuse of Google's market dominance and its actions …

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by William Theisen

The under-secretary-general for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Stephen O'Brien on Sunday condemned attacks against people, including many civilians, who were fleeing the Syrian towns of Foah and Kefraya. In his statement, O'Brien said the "perpetrators of such a monstrous and cowardly attack displayed a shameless disregard for human life," adding, …

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by Meena Ansari

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board, Town of Chester v. Laroe Estates, Inc. and California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc. In Perry, the Court will decide whether a decision disposing of a case which involved both state employment actions and a federal …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Former South Korean president Guen-Hye Park was indicted on numerous corruption charges including extortion, abuse of power, and bribery on Monday. Prosecutors from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' officer also indicted Shin Dong-bin, chairman of the Lotte Group, on similar bribery charges but did not move to have Dong-bin detained. Prosecutors …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced a victory on Sunday after 51.5 percent of Turkish voters elected to expand presidential powers. However, his political opponents are demanding a recount as some of the ballots did not contain an official stamp. The changes, which will not come into effect until 2019, would abolish the position of …

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by Mark Casper

Aya Hijazi, a dual US-Egyptian citizen who has been in prison for three years in relation to her foundation dedicated to helping street children, was of acquitted all charges by a Cairo court on Sunday. Seven others, including HIzaji's husband, were found not guilty as well. The eight members of Hijzai's foundation were arrested in 2014 for allegations of child …

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by Mark Casper

Lawyers for US President Donald Trump, in their answer to a lawsuit Friday, contended the president was immune from being sued by protesters who were injured during a campaign rally in Louisville in 2016. The attorneys argued Trump was immune due to being the president. In addition, his attorney's argued the protesters waived any right to sue after …

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