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Legal news from Wednesday, August 23, 2017
by Erik Slobe

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) requested that the US government, high-level politicians and public officials "unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country." Although the committee did not call out President Donald Trump by name, it specified that the response to Charlottesville …

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by Erik Slobe

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens issued a stay of execution for Marcellus Williams who was scheduled to be executed on Tuesday. Williams was sentenced to death in 2001 after being convicted of the first-degree murder of Felicia Gayle. Greitens decided to grant the stay of execution due to newly discovered DNA evidence, which Williams claims …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Los Angeles Superior Court issued a verdict on Monday in favor of a consumer who allegedly developed ovarian cancer after using a drug manufacturer's talc-based products. Defendant Johnson and Johnson currently faces about 4,800 claims regarding the company's failure to warn consumers of cancer risks linked to such products. In the current …

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by Matthew Santiago

The UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) published a report on Tuesday urging the Iraqi government to ensure the rights of those individuals sexually victimized by Islamic State (IS) forces. According to the report, thousands of women and girls have been subjected to physical and mental abuses as result of sexual assault, abduction, slavery, displacement, …

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