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Legal news from Friday, June 1, 2018
by Erin McCarthy Holliday

The Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe ruled Wednesday that citizens of Zimbabwe living outside of the country would be ineligible to vote in the nation's upcoming July election. Zimbabweans living in the diaspora, or scattered around the world, and represented by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights filed suit arguing that the new constitution, which Zimbabwe …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed two lawsuits brought by Kaspersky lab, a Russian-based software company whose products have been banned from US government use, seeking to overturn these bans. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the two complaints, one for failure to state a claim, and the …

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by Tate Brown

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa and Iowa State University student Taylor Blair filed a lawsuit against Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate Wednesday alleging that House File 16 is unconstitutional and puts a particular burden on minority voters. Blair and the group allege that the law makes "voting in Iowa …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

In a 75-30 vote with 74 absentees, lawmakers in Denmark approved a bill Thursday adding a provision to the Danish criminal code that forbids a person from wearing face-concealing clothing in public mainly to include those wearing burqas. The prohibition does not apply to the covering of the face which, the law defines, as serving a …

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by Tate Brown

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill Wednesday banning abortions after 15 weeks. The new law makes it illegal for a physician to perform an abortion after 15 weeks gestational age, which is defined as "the age of an unborn child as calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant …

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by Jessica Lasky

There is a reasonable basis to believe that Venezuelan government has committed crimes against humanity since at least 2012, according to the Organization of American States (OAS). After releasing a 400-page report from a panel of independent experts, the OAS will be turning over its findings to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website) to aid …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

US President Donald Trump signed the "Right to Try" Act into law Wednesday, which authorizes terminally ill patients to seek access to certain unapproved investigational drugs directly from a drug sponsor or manufacturer. The law amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and also limits the use of clinical outcomes and liability arising from the …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Amnesty International (AI) denounced the "systematic 'shoot-to-kill' policy of [Nicaragua's] President Ortega's government" in a press release on Wednesday. The statement follows an AI report published the day before that detailed the Nicaraguan government's tactics to suppress protesters. The organization especially criticized the government's use of firearms to subdue protesters. "Security forces are authorized …

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