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Legal news from Thursday, May 18, 2017
by Autumn Callan

Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed black man on Wednesday. Terence Crutcher was fatally shot after his SUV stalled on the side of the road. Shelby testified that she feared Crutcher was under the influence of PCP, a hallucinogen that causes erratic, combative behavior. According to …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to impose sanctions on supporters of Syria's Assad regime. Bill 1677, also known as Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, is hoped to encourage negotiations to end violence and promote the prosecution of war criminals. Chairman Ed Royce delivered a speech on the House floor urging members to …

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by Miracle Jones

The US District Court for the Western District of Washington on Wednesday granted a temporary restraining order to allow legal aid groups to continue to provide certain kinds of assistance to undocumented immigrants. Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) filed NWIRP v. Sessions after being informed by the Executive Office for Immigration Review …

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by Akira Tomlinson

European Union (EU) antitrust regulators fined Facebook 122 million dollars on Thursday for misleading information regarding a deal for WhatsApp. The European Commission, found that in order to avoid anti-trust concerns, Facebook stated that it could not automatically match users between Facebook and WhatsApp when it purchased the company in 2014. The …

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by Miracle Jones

The International Court of Justice on Thursday instructed Pakistan to withhold the execution of an Indian national until after the court's final decision his case. The Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan) centers on alleged violations of consular rights that predated the death sentence of Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav, who is accused of being a spy. …

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by Autumn Callan

Former FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election on Wednesday. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued the order in place of Attorney General Jeff Session who recused himself after admitting he had failed to disclose meetings he had with a Russian …

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