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Legal news from Tuesday, May 9, 2017
by Brittany Felder

The Supreme Court of India on Monday found judge C.S. Karnan guilty of contempt and sentenced him to six months in jail. The court ordered the judge to be taken into custody immediately as "hosoever commits contempt gets punished." The judge was set to retire in June, however, he …

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by Brittany Felder

Ireland Health Minister Simon Harris said Monday that the country's blasphemy laws were "embarrassing" and called for their repeal. His comments follow the revelation that an investigation had been launched into British actor, Stephen Frye concerning comments he made on RTE in March of 2015. Harris said that the actor "regardless …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Monday that there are "systemic failures, such as unreasonable delays in care and unqualified medical staff leading to "dangerously subpar" medical care in US immigration detention centers. The group expressed concerns about the Trump administration's plans to detain an even higher number of immigrants, which HRW believes will …

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by Madison Chajson

Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison after being found guilty of blasphemy by an Indonesian court. Ahok is Christian and the charges came as a result of his reference to a Qur'an verse used by conservative leaders to justify the claim that …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Former acting US Attorney General Sally Yates testified before a Senate judiciary subcommittee on Monday stating that she had warned about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's vulnerabilities to blackmail by Russia less than a week after President Donald Trump assumed office. Flynn's conversations with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to US was a primary focus of …

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