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Legal news from Wednesday, May 17, 2017
by Erik Slobe

The European Parliament passed a resolution Wednesday accusing Hungary of engaging in actions which have resulted in the "serious deterioration of the rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights." The organization particularly focused on human rights of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees as well as freedom of education. It calls for "the Hungarian Government …

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by Rachel Gerber

The US District Court of the Southern District of New York on Wednesday began hearings on the restructuring of Puerto Rico's debt. The hearing stems from Puerto Rico filing for bankruptcy protection under Article 3 of PROMESA for its $70 billion debt earlier this month. Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Laura Taylor Swain two …

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by Erik Slobe

The European Commission on Wednesday sent a letter asking for Italy's response to allegations that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Group used illegal emissions control devices. The letter is the first step in infringement proceedings against Italy. The European Commission has requested that Italy provide justification for its legal treatment of Fiat's emission control strategies. Italy …

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by Autumn Callan

Chelsea Manning was released from US Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, a military prison, on Wednesday. In 2013 Manning was convicted of stealing 700,000 documents and releasing them to WikiLeaks while she was an intelligence analyst in Iraq. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is under criminal investigation in the US and Sweden, has agreed to accept …

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by Miracle Jones

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday ruled member states must sign off on trade deals before they become law. The ruling found that the member states and the European Union (EU) share competence in many areas involving trade and if the EU does not hold exclusive competence the member states …

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by William Theisen

The Turkish Parliament elected seven new members to the country's 13-member Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) in an overnight vote Wednesday under changes made to the constitution in a referendum last month. The HSK has broad judicial power in Turkey, overseeing "the appointment, promotion, transfer, disciplining and dismissal of …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Germany's Federal Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that government websites can store personal data as long as they provide adequate justification. Patrick Beyer sued the German government over the storing of IP addresses, which he believed to be in violation of data protection laws. The Federal Court of Justice presented the case to the …

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by William Theisen

Representative Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations on Tuesday requesting "all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to communications between Comey and Trump." The request came hours after the New York …

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