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Legal news from Thursday, June 14, 2018
by Madison Chajson

A new lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges the laws pertaining to photo identification requirements for voters in the state of Missouri. The challenge was brought on behalf of Mildred Gutierrez, a 70-year-old Missouri resident who, in order to vote in the November 2017 election, was forced to sign a sworn statement under penalty of perjury because …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

Argentina's Chamber of Deputies approved a bill on Thursday to decriminalize abortion for the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. As of right now, abortion is only decriminalized in Argentina in cases of rape or risk to the health of the mother. The deputies proposed the decriminalization bill in …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

In a unanimous opinion delivered Thursday, the US Supreme Court ruled that US courts do not have to defer to a foreign government's interpretation of its own law. The decision overturned the lower court opinion, which said that the US government was bound by the foreign interpretation, as long as the interpretation was reasonable. In Animal Science …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for an investigation Tuesday into potential human rights abuses committed in both the Indian-administrated and Pakistan-administrated sections of the Kashmir region. According to the first UN report on Kashmir, in the Indian-administrated section, soldiers use excessive force against civilians, which led to approximately …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Thursday that a Minnesota political apparel ban within polling places violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky challenged a Minnesota law that banned political badges, buttons or other political insignia from being worn at or about polling places on primary or Election Day. …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Citizens in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana filed lawsuits on Tuesday against their respective states for violating Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act through the drawing of the congressional districts. The lawsuits request that the congressional maps approved in 2011 be redrawn to strengthen the African American vote, by creating majority-minority congressional districts, allowing …

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by Sean Rohtla

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced the "Place to Worship Initiative" to assist in religious organizations' ability to build, rent and maintain places of worship. The initiative seeks to educate communities on the provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) by providing community outreach, education of civic and …

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by Sean Rohtla

Amnesty International called on the Iranian government Wednesday to release prominent human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, whom the government had arrested on unknown charges. Recently, Sotoudeh had advocated against Article 48 of Iran's 2015 Code of Criminal Procedure. A note to Article 48 requires that individuals charged in serious criminal cases and in cases of …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that the Department of Justice has repeatedly refused to provide him with documentation justifying his firing. The lawsuit alleges that the Office of the Inspector General has refused to make the inspector general manual available for public review, refused to provide it …

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