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Legal news from Friday, June 23, 2017
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-3 Friday in Murr v. Wisconsin that the lower court was correct in determining that a Wisconsin family's property was a single unit and the government's action did not constitute a "taking." The Murrs, owners of two adjacent properties together totaling just under one acre, sought a variance permitting …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Thailand's parliament unanimously approved national strategy legislation on Thursday which will provide the military with political influence for at least 20 years. The National Strategy Act will create a committee, led by coup leader Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, that will collaborate with future cabinet members to revise national strategy plans every five years. The committee will …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court ruled Friday for an immigrant who had received poor legal advice from his counsel. The petitioner in Lee v. United States came to the US from South Korea in 1982 and found success as a businessman. In 2009 he was charged with possession of ecstasy with an intent to distribute. …

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by Akira Tomlinson

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona signed an order on Thursday accepting major revisions to Arizona's death penalty procedures. The order provides such changes like eliminating paralytic drugs for lethal injections, providing witnesses with more access to watch prisoners inside the death chamber, limitations on the department director's authority to change …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Human Rights Watch on Thursday accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of backing "Yemeni forces that have arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, tortured, and abused dozens of people during security operations." According to HRW, the UAE claims that the it provides financial and military aid to the Yemeni troops under the guise of fighting ISIS. However, …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

A panel consisting of three judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed all but one conviction of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who was convicted in 2015 for disclosing classified information to a journalist. The information was about national defense strategy in Iran. The panel reversed one of …

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by Autumn Callan

The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that where there is a public-trial violation during jury selection the defendant must demonstrate prejudice to secure a new trial if the issue is raised as an ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim. Members of the public were not permitted to enter the courtroom during two days of jury selection for Weaver v. Massachusetts …

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by Lars Peterson

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that naturalized citizens may not be stripped of their citizenship status based on false statements that were immaterial to becoming a citizen. The court held that in order to secure a conviction for violating 18 USC §1015(a), the statute governing unlawful procurement of citizenship, the government must show …

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