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Legal news from Thursday, September 7, 2017
by Rachel Gerber

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that elected public board commissioners in a county in Michigan did not violate the US Constitution by opening their sessions with Christian prayer and asking attendees to join in. In a 9-6 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit acknowledged that legislative prayer is part of …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

New York's highest state court, the Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that the state constitution does not guarantee a right to physician assisted suicide. The claim was brought by three terminally ill patients against the New York Attorney General. "Physician assisted suicide" was defined as "the right of a mentally competent and terminally ill …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Judge Sidney Fitzwater of the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a temporary restraining order on Wednesday prohibiting Dallas, Texas, officials from removing a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee. The restraining order came after the Dallas City Council voted 13 to 1 on Wednesday …

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by Ram Eachambadi

An administrative court under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA court) in Mumbai on Thursday sentenced Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan and Taher Merchant to death and Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan to life imprisonment for their involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed 300 individuals and injured hundreds more. A fifth accused …

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by William Theisen

Eric Dreiband, a partner at Jones Day and former top attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to answer questions as he seeks confirmation as the head of the Department of Justice's civil rights division. Dreiband was nominated for the post by President Donald Trump on …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The Australia High Court on Thursday unanimously dismissed a legal challenge to a same-sex marriage postal survey, thereby allowing the general public to vote directly on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized. The focus of the legal challenge to the survey was more on a financial level than on a social level. The challenge to the …

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by Miracle Jones

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation to allow self-driving cars into the marketplace. The Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (SELF DRIVE) Act will allow 100,000 autonomous vehicles into the market as long as they meet the federal regulation standards. The purpose of the bill is to speed …

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by William Theisen

Widespread human rights violations continue in war-torn Syria despite a decrease in fighting between warring parties, according to a report released Wednesday by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, an investigatory branch of the UN Human Rights Council. The alleged violations, characterized by the report as "unthinkable crimes against civilians," include …

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by Matthew Santiago

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Tuesday that security forces under the administration of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have systematically used torture methods against political detainees that likely amount to crimes against humanity. According to the report, officers have routinely used stressful positions, physical abuse, and even rape to punish detainees and force confessions. …

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by Matthew Santiago

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Wednesday that a 2009 antitrust case should be sent back to the lower court in order to reexamine the €1.06 billion fine placed on Intel in the matter. The EU General Court (EGC) previously found in 2014 that Intel had violated EU …

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by Jennifer Suder

Property owners in Harris County, Houston filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government on Tuesday for releasing water from the Barker and Addicks reservoirs after Hurricane Harvey, causing flooding in their homes and businesses. The property owners did not experience flooding until August 28, after the worst of the rain had passed. The U.S. Army …

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