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Legal news from Wednesday, September 13, 2017
by Jennifer Suder

The Brazil Supreme Court authorized another investigation on Tuesday into possible corruption and money laundering by President Michel Temer. Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso stated that there is enough evidence believe it is "plausible" the president received bribes in exchange for favoring a company operating in the port of Santos. The decision to launch a …

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by Matthew Santiago

The House of Representatives of the Philippines on Tuesday voted 119-32 to cut the annual budget of the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) down to 1,000 pesos, equivalent to USD $20. CHR originally requested a budget of 1.72 billion pesos for 2018, an increase from their 2017 budget of 749 million pesos. While …

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by Jennifer Suder

The Pietermaritzburg High Court of South Africa ruled Tuesday that the 2015 election of a faction loyal to South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, is invalid. Zuma loyalists took control of the KwaZulu Natal province, the ancestral home of the president, in 2015 at a party conference after ousting former African National Congress …

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by Erik Slobe

The Israel High Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that a law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from compulsory military service is unconstitutional. Israel has mandatory military service, but a 2015 law allowed the defense minster to grant exceptions from the draft to yeshiva students. The High Court ruled 8-1 that the law was unconstitutional because …

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by Matthew Santiago

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a joint resolution, now awaiting President Donald Trump's signature, which condemns both the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the hate groups involved. The bipartisan joint resolution, which was approved by the Senate on the previous day, acknowledges those affected by the mid-August events and explicitly rejects …

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by Erik Slobe

The state of Ohio executed convicted killer Gary Otte Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court denied his request for a stay on Tuesday night. Otte was sentenced to death in 1992 for the killing and robbing Robert Wasikowski and Sharon Kostura in Parma, Ohio. The Ohio Supreme Court had declined [text, …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked two lower court rulings that mandated the redrawing of Texas congressional and state legislative districts. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer would have denied the application for stay. In August, the US District Court for the Western District of Texas found Districts …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday that it will be not pursue charges against the six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, finding there was insufficient evidence prove beyond a reasonable doubt that officers willfully violated federal civil rights. The DOJ conducted an independent investigation into Gray's death after Baltimore …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The European Commission said Tuesday that Poland must address actions it has recently taken to undermine its own judicial system and the independence of Polish judges. In July the Polish Parliament, under the control of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), approved a bill that would …

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by Lawrenz Fares

A judge of the New Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday blocked SB 3, a New Hampshire law that would have potentially imposed a fine or potential jail time if voters did not submit proof of residence within 10 days of registering to vote. The bill, which was signed into law on July 10, applied …

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by William Theisen

Last month marked a welcome trend in the Ukrainian conflict, with civilian deaths decreasing for the first time in three years, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The report attributes the reduced violence to the "harvest ceasefire," which began in late June, while cautioning …

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