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Legal news from Thursday, October 5, 2017
by Lawrenz Fares

Judge Susan Bolton of the US District Court for the District of Arizona upheld President Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sherriff Joe Arpaio and dismissed the contempt case against Arpaio during a hearing Wednesday. In a brief filed last month, the Department of Justice stated that there was no prior precedent …

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by Lawrenz Fares

A bipartisan group of US senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that aims to reduce prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders. The bill, sponsored by 10 senators from both sides of the aisle, seeks to reduce rather than to fully eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for certain non-violent drug crimes while simultaneously giving federal judges more discretion to deviate …

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by Rachel Gerber

Canada's House of Commons on Wednesday passed bill S-226, the "Magnitsky Act," which would allow for the Canadian government to take "restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights." These actions include sanctioning, freezing assets, or denying entry of foreign citizens of countries with human rights violations or …

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by Rachel Gerber

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to US Attorneys Wednesday stating that Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination does not extend to discrimination based on gender identity.Accordingly, Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination encompasses discrimination between men and women but does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status. …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of Catalonia's planned parliamentary session on independence next week warning Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell and other members of his speakers' board that they will be subject to prosecution if they proceeded with the session. There was no immediate reaction from Catalan leaders, but Catalan's local officials have previously ignored …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A divided US Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated an injunction granted by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, clearing the way for the State of Alabama to execute Jeffrey Lynn Borden. Borden was sentenced to death for murdering his estranged wife, Cheryl Borden, and her father on Christmas Eve. Borden's challenge …

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by Miracle Jones

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) confirmed on Thursday affirmative action in university admissions is currently under investigation. The confirmation came via a refusal by the DOJ to honor Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by American Oversight and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The request was made to due reports …

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by Miracle Jones

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the Chicago Police Department (CPD) of widespread abuses against people with disabilities and ethnic minorities. Thesuit follows the release of the US Department of Justice report, which found that the CPD repeatedly violates the rights …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The lower house of the French parliament on Tuesday voted 415-127 to approve an anti-terrorism bill that would increase police surveillance powers and enable authorities to close places of worship easier that are suspected of being a threat to national security. Police would have the authority, through judicial approval, to raid private property and restrict people's movements …

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