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Legal news from Wednesday, January 24, 2018
by Erin McCarthy Holliday

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Department of Defense must give the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 72 hours notice before transferring an American detained abroad in order to allow for a legal challenge before the transfer happens. The ruling came from Judge Tanya Chutkan in the US District Court for …

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by Christopher Anderson

The president and first vice president of the European Commission expressed concern Wednesday about Romania's progress promoting the rule of law. The comments represent the Commission's reaction to the most recent report of the Co-Operation and Verification Mechanism for Romania. When Romania joined the EU in 2007, along with Bulgaria, the European Commission created the Co-Operation …

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by Kylee Clark

The Alabama House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill to eliminate special elections when there is a vacancy in the US Senate. Under HB 17, when a vacancy occurred the governor would appoint a person until the next general election. Currently, the governor appoints someone who remains in office only until a special election. …

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by Kenneth Hall

The FBI released preliminary statistics Tuesday outlining US crime metrics from January through June 2017, which indicated a downward trend in violent crime and rise in the homicide rate. In the first half of 2017 the violent crime rate fell by 0.8 percent in comparison with the same period last year. In both 2015 and 2016 the …

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by Tate Brown

A newly declassified investigation has revealed that the US military knew about at least 75 reported human rights abuses by Afghan military and police but used a legal loophole to keep funding the Afghan units. These human rights abuses included murder and child sexual assault, according to a report released Tuesday by the US Special Inspector General …

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by Jennifer Suder

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner participated in meetings involving his share of a $67.5 million settlement shortly after taking office in 2015, according to a newly-unsealed lawsuit on Tuesday. Rauner claims to have no day-to-day involvement in his investments and publicly declared before taking office that he would give up his control over his wealth management. …

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by David Zwier

The EU's Commission on Competition on Wednesday announced a USD $1.23 billion antitrust fine against US chip maker Qualcomm. The commission charged Qualcomm with suppressing competition in the market for phone and table chipsets through contracts with companies such as Apple that contained. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition …

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by Jennifer Suder

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order on Wednesday to expand access to medical marijuana in the state. The order, signed one week after Murphy took office, seeks to remove barriers to access for individuals with "debilitating medical conditions" that may be successfully treated with medical marijuana. The Department of Health and Board of Medical Examiners …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Florida voters will have an opportunity to vote on an amendment to the state constitution that would automatically restore voting rights to felons once they complete their sentences after election officials certified petition signatures Tuesday. Currently, Article VI Section 6 of Florida's constitution, the section which governs disenfranchisement, states that "o person convicted of …

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