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Legal news from Wednesday, September 27, 2017
by Erik Slobe

The Independent High Elections and Referendum Commission (IHERC) of Kurdistan announced the results of Monday's independence referendum vote Wednesday. In total, 92 percent of the voters voted "Yes" to secede from Iraq and create an independent Kurdistan. About 72 percent of eligible voters in the Kurdistan region participated in the vote. Of the 3.3 million votes cast, 2,861,471 …

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by Jennifer Suder

Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar was indicted on Wednesday on graft charges after investigators found his assets did not match his reported income. The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan's highest anti-corruption organization, filed the case against Dar for possessing assets beyond his known sources of income in light of the July 28 verdict of the Supreme …

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by Erik Slobe

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday announced the creation of the Smart Sectors program to "re-examine how the EPA engages with industry in order to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden, create certainty and predictability, and improve the ability of both EPA and industry to conduct long-term regulatory planning while also protecting the environment and public …

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by Lawrenz Fares

China's Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has imposed fines on some of the country's top technology firms for failing to censor online content in accordance with China's censorship laws. Among the companies are Tencent Holdings, Baidu and Weibo Corporation. According to two statements from the Chinese government, one from regulators in …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the 2015 corruption conviction of former New York state Senator Dean Skelos and his son Adam Skelos on Tuesday. Dean Skelos, who was once considered one of the most power legislators in his state, was accused of soliciting payments to …

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by William Theisen

During a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Justice will become more involved in the "national recommitment to free speech on campus." Citing recent incidents at community colleges in Battle Creek, Michigan and Los Angeles, California, where students were arrested for or prohibited …

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