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Legal news from Thursday, August 17, 2017
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday found that a Malian jihadist is liable for individual and collective reparations for overseeing the destruction of Muslim shrines in Timbuktu. Ahmad Al Faqi was found liable for for 2.7 million euros in expenses. In its order, the ICC stressed the importance of cultural heritage:Because of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Thursday announced a settlement in a lawsuit against two psychologists who devised the torture techniques used on three former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prisoners. The ACLU filed the lawsuit in 2015 against psychologists James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, who allegedly designed and persuaded the CIA to adopt their …

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by Lars Peterson

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law on Tuesday that expands access to abortions and birth control. The bill prohibits health benefit plans from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, copayment or any other cost sharing requirements on services such as abortions or birth control. Additionally, the bill allows state funds to be used to provide …

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by Lars Peterson

A three-judge panel for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas held on Tuesday that two congressional districts were invalid. A panel composed of Circuit Judge Smith, Chief District Judge Garcia and District Judge Rodriguez found that District 27 and District 35 were invalid pursuant to the Voting Rights Act and the …

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