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Legal news from Friday, August 25, 2017
by Andrew Morgan

US President Donald Trump on Friday directed the Secretaries of the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS) to continue prior policies banning transgender individuals from military service. The ban had been lifted by the Obama administration last July, reversing a long-standing policy that prevented transgender persons from serving in the …

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by Andrew Morgan

US President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In a brief announcement issued Friday night, the White House said that Arpaio's military service and law enforcement tenure warranted the pardon.Arpaio's life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the …

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by Rachel Gerber

A South Korean court sentenced billionaire head of Samsung Lee Jae-yong to five years in jail for bribery on Friday. The Seoul Central District Court found that Lee paid former president Park Geun-hye in hopes of favors from Park. Lee was also convicted for embezzlement, hiding assets …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear in court to hear the verdict in her trial Friday, amid reports that she had fled the country to Dubai. Yingluck was facing corruption charges involving mismanagement of a rice-subsidy program, estimated to have cost the government billions of dollars. She pleaded not guilty to the charges …

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by Rachel Gerber

A nine-judge panel of the Supreme Court of India ruled Thursday that privacy is a "constitutionally protected value." The ruling could have drastic consequences for the government—particularly the country's biometric identification program, Aadhaar. The judgment outlined the history of privacy and fundamental rights, not only in India but other countries as well. The …

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