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Legal news from Friday, May 12, 2017
by Miracle Jones

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission of Thailand on Thursday ordered Facebook Thailand to remove a video of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and other posts by Tuesday or face legal action. The video claims to show the king in casual dress showing his tattoos and walking with a woman. The video was deemed illicit by the NBTC …

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by Miracle Jones

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday signed the Fairbanks Declaration to affirm protection of the arctic climate. The move was a part of the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting, with goals to maintain peace, stability and constructive cooperation in the Arctic. The signing of the declaration included reaffirming the threat of climate change …

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by Erik Slobe

The US District Court of Northern California gave final approval on Thursday for Volkswagen's settlement related to cheating on the emissions of their 3.0-liter vehicles sold in the US. The settlement requires Volkswagen to pay at least $1.22 billion to buy back or fix 80,000 3.0-liter vehicles. Owners of the vehicles will receive …

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by Jonathon Churchin

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday issued a new charging policy urging prosecutors to seek the largest sentences for each crime. This reverses the past administrations policy regarding drug related crimes. The so-called Holder Memo had been issued to urge that prosecutors to not seek the longer sentences for people charged with drug crimes …

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by Erik Slobe

Former congresswoman Corrine Brown was convicted of fraud on Thursday. Brown represented the Jacksonville, Florida district from 1993 to 2017 as part of the Democratic party. She had lost re-election last fall after her indictment. Brown was convicted of 18 out of 22 charges related to the misuse of funds from the charity One Door for Education. The charity was …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The North Korean legislature on Friday sent a letter to the US House of Representatives protesting new sanctions raised against the country. The letter is a rare communication between the two nations, who do not have any formal ways to communicate. The letter stated, "As the U.S. House of Representatives enacts more and …

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by Miracle Jones

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday designed to strengthen IT and cyber security frameworks in the country by having agency heads manage security risks and modernize the IT infrastructure. The order also mandates the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology framework to manage risks and a creation of a new cyber secure …

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by Miracle Jones

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday issued a non-binding opinion finding that Uber is a transportation company subject to additional regulations and fines. Uber presented itself as technology services that uses infrastructure to provide transportation. But a Spanish taxi union argued the description gave Uber an unfair tactical advantage because the company was …

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