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Legal news from Tuesday, October 31, 2017
by Allison Hall

North Carolina state legislators on Monday objected to the appointment of a special master by a three judge panel in the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. Last week, the panel had ordered the appointment of a special master to evaluate nine redrawn legislative districts of the 28 that were …

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by Austin Koltonowski

Spain's Constitutional Court on Tuesday formally nullified Catalonia's October 27th declaration of independence. Citing earlier decisions related to the Catalan referendum on independence, the Constitutional Court reiterated their right to trump last week's declaration of independence under Article 161 of the Spanish Constitution, which provides that The Government …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The war crimes trial of Eshetu Alemu, an aide to Ethiopia's former communist ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam, began on Monday at a Dutch national court in the Hague. Alemu is alleged to have ordered the execution of 75 individuals during the Red Terror campaigns in the 1970s, following the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday granted a preliminary injunction against portions of President Donald Trump's transgender military ban. The Court also granted portions of the government's motion to dismiss, effectively leaving in place the retention and accession policies as they were before the issuance of Trump's presidential memorandum …

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by Jennifer Suder

Spanish Attorney General José Manuel Maza on Monday charged the former president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and other top Catalan officials with rebellion, sedition, embezzlement and malfeasance related to the region's declaration of independence last week. Maza filed two separate complaints against the main Catalan political leaders, who declared independence on October …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two criminal procedure cases. In Ayestas v. Davis the petitioner, Carlos Manuel Ayestas, a Texas death-row inmate, filed a habeas petition for ineffective assistance of counsel. The case challenges 18 USC § 3599(f), which provides that "federal courts in capital cases involving indigent defendants (including …

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