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Legal news from Saturday, June 10, 2017
by Ram Eachambadi

Japan's House of Councillors passed a law on Friday permitting 83-year-old Tsugu Akihito to become the first emperor since Emperor Kokaku in 1817 to abdicate his throne, clearing the way for his son, the 57-year-old Crown Prince Hironomiya Naruhito, to ascend to the throne. The upper house of parliament passed the bill …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, on Thursday renewed her calls to the UN Security Council and the international community to support her office's efforts in tackling impunity and pursuing justice for human rights violations in the Darfur region of Sudan. Bensouda particularly urged all UN member states, specifically …

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by Jennifer Suder

A federal judge on Thursday denied bail to Reality Leigh Winner, the Georgia woman who is accused of leaking classified information to the media. Prosecutors successfully argued that she remains a flight risk and a threat to the public after presenting a notebook in which she wrote, "I want to burn the White House Down ... find somewhere …

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by Jennifer Suder

The Republican-led US House of Representatives voted on Thursday to lift many of the constraints that were put into place following the 2008 financial crisis. This vote is likely the beginning of a debate over deregulation of the powerful banking industry. This bill, supported by the Trump administration, would amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer …

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