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Legal news from Wednesday, April 19, 2017
by Steven Wildberger

The Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the September 2016 Court of the Judiciary decision to suspend Chief Justice Roy Moore for violation of the Canons of Judicial Ethics by issuing orders contradicting the US Supreme Court's recognition of same-sex marriage. In January, 2015, federal judge Callie Garande issued an order …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Weaver v. Massachusetts and Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer. In Weaver v. Massachusetts, the court considered arguments on whether a defendant who is claiming ineffective assistance of counsel due to a structural error must show the they were prejudiced by …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

A lawsuit was filed against Bose Corp. Tuesday claiming that the sound system manufacturer was illegally mining and distributing headphone users' personal data. The complaint alleges that Bose secretly collected, transmitted, and disclosed its customers' private music and audio selections to third parties and demands restitution in excess of $5,000,000. The suit centers around the app …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Philippine Senator Sherwin Gatchalian called for an investigation Wednesday into allegations made by senior officials in the Philippine National Police that officers have been offered cash rewards to execute individuals who are suspected of illegal drug activity. More than 9,000 people have died since President Duterte took office last June and the two anonymous officials claim that more …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court held on Wednesday that a defendant wishing to appeal a restitution order must file a separate motion from the notice of appeal for the judgment. The ruling came from Manrique v. United States. In June 2014 Manrique was sentenced to 72 months imprisonment and a life term of supervised release. Although the trial …

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by Emelina Perez

US President Donald Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American on Tuesday. The order requires executive agencies to monitor and enforce Buy American Laws, which are defined as all laws that "require, or provide a preference for, the purchase or acquisition of goods, products, or materials produced in the United States, including …

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by Akira Tomlinson

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans on Tuesday to implement a series of actions that will support the public safety on Native American lands. The initiative is hoped to improve relations between federal authorities and "Native America." Under the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety three actions will be implemented to support public safety within …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court held in Nelson v. Colorado on Wednesday that Colorado's Exoneration Act is not in accord with the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of due process. The Act permits Colorado to retain the fees paid in conviction-related assessments unless the exonerated defendant can prove their innocence by clear and …

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by Erik Slobe

The UK parliament voted Wednesday to move the date of the next parliamentary general election up from May 7, 2020 to June 8, 2017. The motion was approved by a vote of 522 to 13, which exceeded the necessary two-thirds vote to hold an early election. The conservative party currently has a small …

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by Emelina Perez

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Trump administration will have "zero tolerance for gang violence" from transnational criminal organizations such as MS-13, in remarks made to the Organized Crime Council and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was formed in the 1980's …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a lawsuit against the founder of the website The Daily Stormer. SPLC filed the suit on behalf of a Montana woman who claims to have been targeted by the website with an anti-Semitic harassment campaign. According to the suit, the founder Andrew Anglin published over …

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