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Legal news from Wednesday, October 11, 2017
by Erik Slobe

The Supreme Court of India ruled Wednesday that sexual intercourse with a girl who is under the age of 18 is rape regardless of the marital status of the girl. Section 375 of the India Penal Code specifies that intercourse with someone under the age of 18 is considered rape. However, Exception 2 to section states …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. The case revolves around whether Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(5)(C) is a jurisdictional rule or a non-jurisdictional rule. The rule states that a motion to extend the time to file a notice of appeal cannot be …

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by Akira Tomlinson

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday added to its docket two original jurisdiction cases concerning water rights. In Texas v. New Mexico, the court will determine whether New Mexico is in violation of the Rio Grande Compact and the Rio Grande Project Act by reducing Texas' water supplies and apportionment …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleged Tuesday that Rwanda's military routinely tortures unlawfully detained individuals through various different methods. The report alleges that Rwandan judges and prosecutors have been ignoring complaints from both current and former detainees in which they claimed they were tortured through beatings, electrical shocks, strangulation, and mock executions. Their actions, HRW argues, has …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The State of Washington filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Monday over the decision to let employers deny insurance coverage for contraception on religious and moral grounds. Attorney General Bob Ferguson argues that the administration's action violates both the First and Fifth Amendment. According to the complaint, the Establishment Clause …

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