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Legal news from Tuesday, October 3, 2017
by Miracle Jones

The United States House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 237-189 to approve an abortion bill that would criminalize the medical procedure if performed after the 20 week viability mark. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), sponsored by Trent Franks (R-AZ), protects patients from prosecution, focusing instead on medical providers who …

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by Miracle Jones

The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously approved an ordinance decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana within the city limits. Following the path of other cities, the council approved, by a 15-0 vote, Ordinance 17-O-1152 to make the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana a non-jailable offense that results in a …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a 27-page report on Monday alleging that Jordan conducted mass summary deportations of Syrian refugees without affording them an adequate opportunity to challenge their removal from the country. The report claims that Jordan deported 400 registered Syrian refugees each month during the first five months of this year, with an …

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by Kelly B. Cullen

The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in Gill v. Whitford, a case directly challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin's congressional districts with broad implications for the limits of political gerrymandering nationwide. The Court will address both procedural and substantive issues in this case. As a preliminary matter, the Court must determine whether …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, was convicted and sentenced by a Moscow court to 20 days in jail on Monday after for calling on his supporters to join him in an unauthorized rally in Nizhny Nov­gorod. Russian officials claim that the planned rally is one among many of Navalny's repeated violations of the law concerning public …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The Supreme Court began the October 2017 term with oral arguments in two cases, one concerning employment dispute arbitration and the other concerning criminal-removal in immigration proceedings. The first, Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, questions the applicability and scope of two federal statutes: the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) and the Nation Labor …

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