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Legal news from Thursday, September 14, 2017
by Autumn Callan

Spain's state prosecutor on Wednesday summoned 712 Catalonian mayors who have said they will allow the use of public space for an independence referendum that is due to take place October 1. Last week the Spanish Constitutional Court suspended the referendum and agreed to hear arguments to determine if it violates the …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The Angola Constitutional Court on Wednesday dismissed four opposition parties' challenge to the August 23 election in which one party gained over 60 percent of the popular vote. The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola party (MPLA) now holds 150 out of 220 seats in the nation's parliament. The court said that …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The Minnesota Supreme Court overruled part of a state disorderly conduct statute on Wednesday, saying that it violated the First Amendment because it is "overbroad." Minnesota Statues 609.72, subd. 1(2) makes it a crime for a person to disrupt a legally held assembly. The case was brought after defendant Robin Lyne Hensel appealed her …

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by Ram Eachambadi

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda renewed her calls to the Libyan government on Wednesday for the immediate arrest and surrender of Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf al-Werfalli, who is alleged to have participated in war crimes in Libya. Specifically, al-Werfalli is suspected of directly participating in seven incidents involving the deaths of 33 individuals. …

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by Miracle Jones

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday introduced his "Medicare for all" bill. The Medicare for All Act of 2017, which is cosponsored by 16 democrats including 2020 front runners Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren seeks to fundamentally change the American health care system to a single-payer plan. …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A group of individuals represented by the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts challenging the "searches and seizures of smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices" at the borders. The complaint alleges that such searches "absent a warrant supported by probable cause and without …

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by Miracle Jones

A coalition of rights groups, led by Human Rights First, called on the US Departments of State and Treasury Wednesday to use the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to sanction foreign citizens accused of human violations and corruption. The organization sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of …

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