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1 day ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement on Thursday that will improve stability and safety in the region. The agreement [Al Arabiya report], entitled the "Cairo Declaration" and signed in Cairo by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] of Egypt and Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] the indictment of US Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) [official website] for his alleged role in a racketeering conspiracy. Fattah, along with four of his associates, were charged in a 29-count indictment including crimes such as bribery, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Obama Administration confirmed Wednesday in a press briefing [transcript] that they are drafting a plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] before President Barack Obama's [official profile] time in office runs out. President Obama has been promising since his inception as President to close … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The US on Monday completed the re-opening [press release, PDF] of diplomatic ties with Cuba by converting the standing US Interests Section into the US Embassy Havana [official website]. The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba was first announced [JURIST report] by President Barack Obama [official … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday passed a bill [materials] to revamp the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind Act [materials]. The bill comes as part of an effort to overhaul the old law and give more flexibility to states in setting their own standards for student and … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [official website] on Tuesday brought a lawsuit [press release] asking a federal appeals court to review a National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] phone data surveillance program. The motion filed by the ACLU state stated that "today the government is continuing - after … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile], speaking at the NAACP Annual Convention [official website] on Tuesday, urged Congress to reform [press release] the criminal justice system by enacting legislation that would enforce criminal laws fairly and reduce disparities. Obama is also calling for sentencing reform, changes to the juvenile … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Negotiations between Iran and six world powers concluded in a nuclear agreement [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), text] on Tuesday. The JCPOA outlines details of the agreement, in which Iran agreed not to create a nuclear bomb in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. The International Atomic … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday granted [statement, video] commuted sentences to 46 drug offenders in what he said was part of an effort by his administration to remedy the unfairness of the criminal justice system. In his statement, Obama noted that the majority of the men … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Obama administration [official website] on Wednesday announced new rules [fact sheet, PDF] requiring cities and towns to address racial disparities in their housing practices. The new rules, announced at a press conference in Chicago by Secretary Julian Castro [official profile] of the US Department of Housing and Urban … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US district court on Wednesday sentenced [press release] former North Carolina State Assembly member Stephen Laroque to 24 months in prison for embezzling [LII backgrounder] hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit he ran. Last January Laroque plead guilty to taking money from East Carolina Development Co., … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] over a new national security law which increases China's cyber security powers. The law [text] calls for [JURIST report] an increase in internet oversight and for authorities to take tougher measures … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

A group of leading computer scientists at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT [academic website] on Monday published a paper [text, PDF; press release] criticizing the US and UK governments for seeking the redesign of internet systems to allow governments to access information even if encrypted. The … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jul 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday said that the SAFE Justice Act, a US criminal justice reform bill introduced in June, could better protect prisoners' rights and increase fairness in federal prison sentencing. The bill proposes reforms [HRW report] to federal sentencing statutes, which include the modification … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] China's top legislature, the NPC Standing Committee [official website], on Wednesday adopted a controversial new National Security Law that increases cyber security powers and provides the possibility of establishing efficient crisis management systems. At its bi-monthly session, 155 members of the committee voted on the measure. The law will … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] announced [statement, video] Wednesday that the US and Cuba will reopen embassies in each other's capital cities, after 54 years of severed diplomatic relations. Obama said US Secretary of State John Kerry [official website] will travel to Havana this summer for the opening … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that the National Security Agency(NSA) [official website] may temporarily resume its program of systematically collecting Americans' phone data in bulk. The program lapsed on June 1 after the expiration of the USA Patriot Act [text, PDF], but the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US Secretary of State John Kerry [official profile] on Tuesday appointed [press release] Lee Wolowsky [professional profile] the new envoy to lead the Obama administration's efforts to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Wolowsky is a former National Security Council director under the Clinton and … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

The US Supreme court on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission [SCOTUSblog materials] that the Elections Clause [text] of the US Constitution permits the state of Arizona to adopt a commission to draw congressional districts. At issue was a proposition [materials] passed … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters marched in Honduras on Friday calling for the resignation of President Juan Hernandez [official website, in Spanish] and demanding an independent investigation into his role in an ongoing corruption scandal. Hernandez is accused of [Reuters report] knowingly using money from a $200 million embezzlement scandal at … [read more]

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