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Legal news from Wednesday, June 14, 2017
by Autumn Callan

Sergio Cabral, former governor Brazil's Rio de Janeiro state, was sentenced to 14 years and two months on Tuesday for corruption and money laundering. Cabral was governor from 2007 to 2014 and was instrumental in bringing the Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro. Cabral was detained in November as part of a massive corruption investigation known …

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by Autumn Callan

Nearly 200 Democratic Senators and House members have filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump for allegedly accepting foreign payments and gifts, breaching a clause of the Constitution. The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution prohibits any individual holding office from accepting "any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, …

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by Autumn Callan

The UK Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that women from Northern Ireland are not entitled to abortions under the England's National Health Services (NHS). In a 3-2 decision, judges dismissed the appeal of a mother and daughter who spent over £900 for an abortion at a private clinic. The daughter, who cannot be named …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The UN Human Rights Committee found Monday that Ireland must remedy harm done to a woman in 2010, after denying her an abortion. Siobhán Whelan had to travel to the UK to receive medical care. Whelan was diagnosed with fatal fetal syndrome. The Committee ruled that the country violated the woman's right to be …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Both Israel and Palestine have failed to prosecute war crimes, according to a report presented Monday to the Human Rights Council. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein submitted the report, reviewing the compliance of Israel and Palestine with recommendations made by the Council dating back to 2009. Since 2009, the Council …

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by Autumn Callan

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday in relation to his alleged ties to Russia and its coordination with President Donald Trump's campaign in 2016. During the two-and-a-half-hour session, Sessions repeatedly refused to answer questions claiming a Justice Department policy protects private conversations between the president and cabinet secretaries. He …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc. that companies applying to produce biosimilar products do not need to have the approval of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) before giving notice of marketing. The case arose from an application filed by a generic drug company, Sandoz Inc., to market …

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by William Theisen

Ricardo Martinelli, the president of Panama from 2009 to 2014, was arrested in Coral Gables, Florida on Monday, according to the US Embassy in Panama. The arrest is the result of an extradition request by the Panamanian government made in September 2016, related to allegations that Martinelli embezzled money and spied on …

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by William Theisen

Alexei Navalny, a Russian lawyer and activist known for establishing the Anti-Corruption Foundation, was arrested outside his home in Moscow on Monday, according to a state-media new report. His arrest, and almost immediate conviction for "organizing an unauthorized rally," occurred shortly before an anti-corruption protest targeting President Valdimir Putin and the Kremlin [TASS report, …

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