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Legal news from Tuesday, January 23, 2018
by Raven Moore

Crimes motivated by misogyny should be classified as hate crimes, according to a report released Tuesday by the Fawcett Society, an organization that campaigns for women's rights in the UK. The report is the result of the research their Sex Discrimination Law Review panel conducted on the effectiveness of sex equality legislation in the UK post-Brexit. …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch released a 134-page report and a 15-minute video on Tuesday at the EU Parliament documenting widespread rights abuses and forced labor conditions in Thailand's fishing fleets. Titled "Hidden Chains: Forced Labor and Rights Abuses in Thailand's Fishing Industry," the report details the trafficking of migrant fishers from neighboring countries in Southeast Asia …

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by Sean Rohtla

The Hanoi People's Court of Vietnam on Monday sentenced former politburo member Dinh La Thang to 13 years in prison for embezzlement and violation of state regulations. Thang had served as an executive for PetroVietnam (PVN), a state run oil corporation. Thang, along with another executive tried, Trinh Xuan Thanh, were involved …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted the Department of Justice's (DOJ) motion to expedite consideration of a petition for direct review of a trial court injunction blocking the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Earlier this month, the US District Court for the Northern District of California …

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by Jessica Lasky

Montana governor Steve Bullock signed an executive order on Monday that will make companies provide nondiscriminatory internet services in order to obtain a contract within the state. The executive order takes effect starting July 1, 2018. Soon, Montana telecommunications providers are not to: block lawful content, speed-up or slow-down certain web pages, allow companies to pay for faster loading …

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by Lindsay Offutt

Vermont became the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana and the first to do so by legislation on Monday after Phil Scott signed the bill passed earlier this month. The law legalized possession of marijuana equal to one ounce or less, two mature plants, or four immature plants for those 21 years and older. The law maintains several …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The Supreme Court of Spain on Monday refused to reissue the arrest warrant for Catalan ex-president Carles Puigdemont. Puigdemont fled Spain in October after the Spanish government overtook Catalonia. He "faces possible charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds over his role in the push to split Catalonia …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Military judge James Pohl ruled on Friday that no wrongdoing occurred when the prosecution destroyed a CIA secret prison, or "black site," on Pohl's orders. At the time Pohl gave the prosecution permission to destroy the site, the judge had a public protection order on any remains from the CIA black sites. According to Pohl, the …

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