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Legal news from Friday, September 8, 2017
by Rachel Gerber

The US Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved $51.35 billion in funding on Thursday for state and foreign appropriations, including $10 million to help fund the UN agency that oversees the Paris Climate Agreement. In June President Donald Trump announced that the US will no longer be part of the Paris climate accord. According …

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by Rachel Gerber

A Turkish court released a Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentarian Thursday, according to a HDP statement. Parliamentarian Ayhan Bilgen is the former speaker of the HDP and has been jailed over allegations of terrorism. This release follows a "Conscience and Justice Watch" at the Constitutional Court to protest and demand action for those …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus curiae brief with the US Supreme Court Thursday in support of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, which was charged with discrimination for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing their religious beliefs against gay marriage. The DOJ stated that a "custom wedding …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Thursday that Wyoming Statute § 6-3-414(c) and Wyoming Statute 40-27-101(c) are subject to First Amendment protections of free speech. The statutes, referred to as data-trespassing laws, define the crime of "civil trespass to access adjacent or proximate land" to occur if a personi) Crosses …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Spanish Constitutional Court on Thursday suspended the Catalan independence referendum. The Catalan Parliament, the region's ruling coalition, passed the referendum law on Wednesday despite recent tensions between the coalition and the Spanish government. The rapid action taken by the court forbids the Catalan Parliament from ignoring or avoiding …

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by Lindsay Offutt

New Mexico filed a lawsuit Thursday against big opioid producing pharmaceutical companies, alleging the corporations are responsible for the Opioid Epidemic flooding the state and specifically small rural communities. Filed in the First Judicial District Court for Santa Fe County, the lawsuit claims that major opioid manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, Johnson and Johnson, …

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