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Legal news from Friday, September 15, 2017
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled Friday that the Trump administration cannot withhold grants to so-called "sanctuary cities," issuing a nationwide injunction. US Attorney General had said in March that cities failing to enforce immigration laws may be cut off from Department of Justice (DOJ) grants, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled Friday that the Trump administration cannot withhold grants to so-called "sanctuary cities," issuing a nationwide injunction. US Attorney General had said in March that cities failing to enforce immigration laws may be cut off from Department of Justice (DOJ) grants, …

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by Jonathon Churchin

US Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday introduced a bill and announced an investigation into the recent Equifax breach. The proposed legislation is said to give consumers the ability to freeze their credit for free when such attacks take place. This is a response to the massive breach of Equifax, which left …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The Office of the Attorney General of Indonesia announced Thursday that it would rescind a policy that banned lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals from becoming employees. The controversial policy had been denounced by human rights groups, who have expressed concern that the LGBT community has faced continued persecution at the hands of the government over …

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by Rachel Gerber

A St. Louis, Missouri, circuit judge on Friday acquitted a former police officer accused of first degree murder for the shooting of a black man. Jason Stockley was pursuing Anthony Lamar during a high-speed chase when evidence post-chase becomes inconclusive according to the court. Judge Timothy Wilson stated that the prosecution did not meet its …

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by Erik Slobe

On Thursday, the California State Legislature passed SB 2, an affordable housing bill. The bill enacts a $75 fee "to be paid at the time of the recording of every real estate instrument, paper, or notice required or permitted by law to be recorded, per each single transaction per single parcel of real property, not …

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by Erik Slobe

On Thursday, Tunisia's presidency spokeswoman, Saida Garrach, announced that the country's ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslim men has come to an end. The prior law had required men to convert to Islam and submit a certificate of the conversion before they were allowed to marry Muslim women. The ban has been in place since 1973. The president of Tunisia, …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The Iraqi parliament voted to oust Kirkuk governor Najm al-Din Karim on Thursday amid rising Kurdish tensions over a planned independence referendum. Following the council of Iraq's vote against the referendum petition Tuesday, parliament authorized Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi to "take all measures" to preserve national unity, which included dismissing the Kirkuk governor. …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Egyptian Supreme State Security Prosecution on Thursday acknowledged the detainment of Ibrahim Metwally, a human rights lawyer. Metwally was arrested three days prior after he was suspected of providing legal aid to the family of an Italian graduate student who abducted and killed by Egyptian forces while in Cairo in 2016. The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Three former Google employees filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing the company of wage discrimination against women. Plaintiffs Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelly Wisuri filed the complaint as a class action lawsuit in California Superior Court in San Fransisco. The complaint alleges that Google "discriminated and continues to discriminate against its female employees by systematically paying them lower compensation" …

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by Lawrenz Fares

UN Special Rapporteur on the right to development Saad Alfarargi said on Thursday that escalating climate change and the global economic crisis are posing increasing threats to the world's impoverished persons. Alfarargi filed a report with the UN Office of the High Commissioner in August in which he argued that the general negative …

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by Autumn Callan

The Congress of Guatemala approved legislation that decreases the penalties for campaign finance crimes on Wednesday by a vote of 105-19. The reform reduces the maximum sentence for illegally funding an election from 12 to 10 years, as sentence which can be commuted to a fine. Additionally, the law shifts the responsibility of financial irregularities from …

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by Rachel Gerber

The Tunisian parliament, the Assembly of People's Representatives, on Thursday adopted a law pardoning thousands of people who followed orders from corrupt leaders while hundreds protested the decision. Amnesty will only be granted to those who did not make money off of the corruption or if they pay back the money with penalties. The Tunisian …

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