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Legal news from Thursday, May 11, 2017
by Autumn Callan

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday launching a commission to investigate allegations of voter fraud and suppression. Vice President Mike Pence will head the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity along with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a voter identification advocate with a tough stance on immigration. The panel will consist of about a …

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by Miracle Jones

Connecticut Governor Danial Malloy on Wednesday signed into a law a measure to ban gay conversion therapy. House Bill 6695 was passed by the legislature to end the practice of using various measures in order to force people to disavow their same sex orientation. The Governor immediately signed the bill to stop the controversial practice. …

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by William Theisen

Moon Jae-in was sworn in as the 19th President of South Korea on Wednesday, later that day seeking international assistance on North Korean weapons threats. Moon had a phone call with US President Donald Trump focusing on the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea. Trump invited Moon to the Washington to discuss the …

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by William Theisen

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence issued a subpoena Wednesday compelling former National Security Adviser Lieutenant General Michael Flynn to provide documents related to the committee's investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election. In a joint statement from Chairman Senator Richard Burr and Vice Chairman Senator Mark Warner, the committee says that the documents …

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by Miracle Jones

The Vermont Legislature on Wednesday voted to approve recreational use of marijuana. The bill was amended by the house to permit the recreational use of marijuana in small quantities. The law would create a legal system to regulate the use and sale of the drug, but would still make possession over an ounce a criminal offense. …

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by Autumn Callan

Kosovo's government lost a no confidence on Wednesday. In a 78-34 vote, the Kosovo Assembly adopted a no confidence motion against Prime Minister Isa Mustafa's coalition government. Within hours of the vote, President Hashim Thaci dissolved the parliament. The outcome of the government's collapse will push an election, which was not due …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld the government bailout of American International Group (AIG) as lawful. The ruling came down in a denial of an appeal from Starr International Co where shareholders were bringing suit against the government, arguing that the bailout was not only unconstitutional …

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by Autumn Callan

Acting Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Andrew McCabe told the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday that the FBI would continue to investigate alleged connections between the Trump administration and Russia despite the recent firing of former director James Comey. In response to a question from Senator Marco Rubio about Russian ties, …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Attorneys for US President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked for a dismissal of a lawsuit over an alleged infringement of the Emoluments Clause of the constitution. Lawyers argued that the President has "absolute presidential immunity precludes personal liability based on the president's office". The lawsuit was filed by a wine bar …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda of the Nakawa Chief Magistrate Court on Wednesday released a jailed academic on bail after she had been arrested for criticizing Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni. Stella Nyanzi, who teaches at a local college in Kampala, was arrested after criticizing the Ugandan leader over failing to deliver on a promise to provide female …

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by Jennifer Suder

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeared in Court on Wednesday and gave a four-hour deposition on the graft charges he faces. In the deposition, da Silvacriticized the charges as "illegitimate" and a "farce," claiming that the Brazilian media wants to get him "dead or alive". Three years ago, da Silva was charged …

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