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Legal news from Tuesday, September 12, 2017
by William Theisen

In a one-sentence order issued Tuesday afternoon, the US Supreme Court blocked a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the matter of Trump v. Hawaii, thereby allowing the administration's travel ban to go into effect. The unsigned order from the court grants a request from the Trump administration to stay the …

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by Miracle Jones

The council of Iraq on Tuesday denied the referendum petition of Kurdistan to permit its independence. The council voted to keep Kurdistan in its region despite its ongoing tensions [JURIST op-ed] to maintain the region's stability.The Council decided the following: Rejection of the referendum to be held within the borders of the Kurdistan region …

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by Matthew Santiago

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Tuesday that five airstrikes launched by a Saudi-led coalition against Yemen in June amount to war crimes due to the indiscriminate killing of 26 children. In 2015, the coalition began unlawful airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen and violated numerous laws-of-war. More than 785 children were killed and 1,168 wounded …

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by Miracle Jones

The British Parliament on Monday approved a bill to continue the process of withdrawal from the EU. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill passed by 326 votes to 290 after a lengthy debate and allows for the continuation of Brexit despite the recent election change. Prime Minister Theresa May released a …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

A Beijing intermediate court sentenced two brothers to life in prison on Tuesday after ruling that the brothers' peer-to-peer lending company, Ezubao, was a Ponzi scheme. One of the brothers, Ding Ning, was founder of the company and chairman of the Anhui Yucheng Holdings Group. His crimes included illegal fundraising and "smuggling precious metals." The Ponzi …

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by Matthew Santiago

Australia's Coalition Party on Tuesday released a proposed bill to add extra protections to a same-sex marriage postal survey mailed out to the general public. The survey asks the public to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized, and all completed surveys must be sent back to the Australian Bureau of Statistics by November. …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The Neubrandenburg state court announced on Tuesday that it is ending the trial of former SS medic Hubert Zafke after experts determined he is unfit to stand trial because of his dementia. Zafke, 96, was charged with 3,621 counts of accessory to murder during his one month at Auschwitz. The trial, which was supposed to start in …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The Congress of Guatemala voted Monday against lifting immunity for President Jimmy Morales over allegations of illegal campaign financing.This development comes just after a Guatemala congressional committee recommended that Morales' immunity be voided to pave the way for an investigation into the matter by the country's attorney general and the UN. According to the …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The UN Security Council reached a unanimous decision on Monday to adopt a US-drafted resolution imposing a series of fresh new sanctions on North Korea. Among other things, these sanctions include a ban on the supply, sale or transfer of all natural gas liquids and condensates and exports of textiles, a preliminary three-month ban on direct …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Brizillian billionaire Joesley Batista, owner of JBS, and executive Ricardo Saud surrendered to police on Sunday in Sao Paulo for allegedly withholding evidence during their plea bargain negotiation in the corruption case against President Michel Temer. Batista is accused of making "a secret recording of Temer in May which the president apparently admitted paying …

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by Lindsay Offutt

California filed a lawsuit on Monday against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), alleging the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is unconstitutional. The complaint alleges that DACA's rescission violates the Fifth Amendment's Due Process and Equal Protection clauses, along with other allegations including violations of federal laws. The …

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