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Legal news from Wednesday, June 7, 2017
by Andrew Morgan

Former FBI Director James Comey issued the following prepared remarks on Wednesday in advance of his June 8, 2017, testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The hearings will begin at 10:00 am EDT. Statement for the Record Senate Select Committee on Intelligence James B. Comey June 8, 2017 Chairman Burr, Ranking Member Warner, Members of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a series of abortion regulations into law on Tuesday. Senate Bill 8 will require the burial or cremation of fetal tissue and bans the donation of fetal tissue. The legislation also bans so called "partial-birth abortion," which is already banned by federal law, as well as the dilation and evacuation procedure, a …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced charges against a federal contractor Monday for leaking classified material to a media source. Reality Leigh Winner operated under Pluribus International Corporation in Georgia at the time she is alleged to have removed material from a US government facility. Winner maintained top secret clearance since February. She is …

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by Lars Peterson

The New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a 2001 New York zoning ordinance that banned "adult" establishments from residential and most commercial and manufacturing zones was not a violation of the owners' First Amendment rights. The zoning ordinance classified adult eating and drinking establishments as "regularly featuring live performances characterized by an emphasis on specified anatomical …

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by Lars Peterson

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, on Tuesday called for a revolutionary overhaul of the mental health care systems around the world. Presenting his report to the UN Human Righs Council, Puras noted that, in the current system, less than 7 percent of health care budgets globally are dedicated to mental health care. This has …

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