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Legal news from Wednesday, August 9, 2017
by Lars Peterson

The Venezuela Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the arrest and removal of the mayor of Chacao, Ramon Muchacho. Muchacho was sentenced to 15 months in prison after he refused to take down barricades set up during anti-government demonstrations. President Nicolás Maduro continued his efforts to shut down opposition to the government when the new constitutional assembly composed solely of pro-government …

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by Lawrenz Fares

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday struck down an Obama-era rule that banned certain gases from being used in air conditioning and refrigeration appliances. The court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot ban these chemicals under a Clean Air Act provision, Section …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Pravit Rojanaphruk, a prominent Thai journalist, was charged Tuesday with sedition and violation of Thailand's computer laws for making political posts online. Pravit, known for being a strong advocate of press freedom, allegedly made political posts on Facebook in February 2016, prompting the current charges. Poomsuk Poomsukcharoen, a member of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights …

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