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Legal news from Friday, August 4, 2017
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday overturned the murder conviction of a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard and ordered resentencing of three others for the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. Nicholas Slatten, a former Army sniper, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday remanded transgender student Gavin Grimm's case against the Gloucester County School Board in order to determine whether the matter is now moot. Because Grimm graduated from Gloucester High School on June 10, the Board is now arguing …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Chilean Congress passed a bill late Wednesday night that would would allow abortions in instances of rape, threat to the mother's health, and fetal abnormality "incompatible with life." The 70 to 45 vote was the result of a year-long struggle by pro-life Chilean senators. Currently, Chile is one of a …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The parents of eight-year-old transgender student Nicole Brar brought a discrimination suit against Nicole's private school, Heritage Oak Private School, located in Yorba Linda, California, and the school's parent company, Nobel Learning Communities Wednesday. The complaint, filed by the pro-bono organization Public Counsel, alleges that the school made Nicole wear a …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

A Bangkok court acquitted two former prime ministers and two police officers of abuse of power on Wednesday. Former prime ministers Somchai Wongsawat and Chavalit Yongchaiyudh were accused of authorizing the police to use brutal force against an anti-government protest in 2008 when Somchai was prime minister and Chavalit was his deputy. More than 400 protesters were …

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