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Legal news from Tuesday, June 5, 2018
by Erin McCarthy Holliday

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that even if an EU country's government has not authorized same-sex marriage, same-sex couples must still be offered the same residency rights as heterosexual couples. The issue arose because EU law permits the spouse of an EU citizen to obtain a residence permit for any member state where …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

There is evidence to suggest that coalition airstrikes in Syria are potential war crimes, according to an Amnesty International report released Tuesday detailing the effects on civilians of the US airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, which occurred from June to October of 2017. Amnesty referred to the airstrikes, by the US-led Coalition against Islamic State (IS) insurgents, …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

In a new motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia Monday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Paul Manafort of using an encrypted messaging application to tamper with a witness. According to the motion, Manafort, former chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and a longtime associate identified as "Person …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday in response to the sanctions the US imposed on Russia in April. The counter-sanctions give Putin the right to ban trade from countries found to be hostile to Russia and to cut ties with such countries. According to Reuters, the counter-sanctions are …

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by Erik Slobe

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed lawsuits on Monday against Google and Facebook for failing to disclose information about who purchased political ads that were displayed on their platforms. Both companies are accused of violating RCW 72.17A, which requires that "political campaign and lobbying contributions and expenditures be fully disclosed to the public and that …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Supreme Court delivered two rulings on Monday, in Hughes v. United States and Koons v. United States, related to when a prison sentence can be reduced through 18 USC §3582(c)(2). In Hughes, the court ruled that §3582(c)(2) applied to a Type-C plea agreement. In Koons, the court ruled §3582(c)(2) cannot be used to …

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by Jessica Lasky

The US Supreme Court on Monday vacated a decision that allowed undocumented immigrant "Jane Doe" to seek an abortion. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's decision was vacated as a Munsingwear vacatur. This means that the case became moot by an act of the winning party while on its …

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