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Legal News
3 hours ago
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Pennsylvania's Supreme Court [official website] on Friday refused [opinion, PDF] to reinstate Attorney General Kathleen Kane's [official website] law license while investigations persist into her alleged leak of grand jury materials. Kane requested that the court reinstate her law license while she fights the charges. In support of reinstatement, … [read more]


Legal News
1 day ago
by Alonso Diaz

The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday passed a bill that would end a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] initiative aimed at removing certain industries from the banking system. The Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 [materials] would end the DOJ's initiative called "Operation Choke Point" … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Alexis Wheeler

Judge Vernon Broderick for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled on Thursday that suspended Deputy UN Ambassador Francis Lorenzo cannot claim diplomatic immunity on bribery charges. Lorenzo, representing the Dominican Republic, has been facing criminal allegations involving bribery [complaint, PDF] since early … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday vacated [opinion, pdf] a district court ruling that had upheld a Maryland law banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic rifles. The lower court had granted summary judgment in favor of Maryland on the plaintiffs' Second Amendment claims attacking the law's … [read more]


Legal News
2 days ago
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] Polish President Andrzej Duda [official profile] approved a new law on Thursday that grants the government [press release, in Polish] greater access to digital data and broader use of surveillance for law enforcement. The ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) [party website, in Polish], which won a parliamentary majority … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Miracle Jones

In an open letter [text] released Thursday, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International [advocacy websites], along with five other advocacy groups, urged Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma [official website] to sign a bill that would increase women's access to safe and legal abortion. The Safe Abortion Act of 2015, … [read more]


Legal News
3 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Twelve countries across the Pacific-Rim on Thursday signed [joint statement] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) [text] in New Zealand amid waves of protest. The twelve nations, which together make-up roughly 40% of the world's GDP [BBC report], include the Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] on Tuesday announced that the FBI [official website] will join a criminal investigation into the contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan. The FBI will join a multi-agency team [NYT report] in the ongoing investigation. In 2014 Flint's … [read more]


Student Commentary
4 days ago
by Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law
edited by Cassandra Baubie

JURIST Guest Columnist Veronica Reyes of St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2016, is the tenth author in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Reyes discusses why warrantless searches of cell phones by the police may not be the best … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of Zimbabwe was charged Tuesday with obstructing justice after he dropped a case against the men accused of plotting to bomb a dairy operated by members of President Robert Mugabe's [BBC backgrounder] family. He was officially charged with [AFP report] "abuse of office and obstructing justice" … [read more]


Legal News
4 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday overturned a death sentence for an "apostate" poet who renounced the Muslim faith, giving him eight years in prison instead. The court quashed the previous court's ruling [JURIST report] that poet Ashraf Fayadh was to be sentenced to death for, what human … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN human rights expert Alfred de Zayas [official profile] on Tuesday urged governments in the Pacific Rim not to sign [press release] the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without first "reaffirming ... human rights treaty obligations and their recent pledges to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals." Urging a "new generation of … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by Alonso Diaz

Experts from the UN and the Inter-American human rights systems urged Canada Monday to address the "root causes" [press release] of the extreme violence and discrimination against indigenous women and girls in the country at a meeting with Canadian Ministers for Justice, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and for the Status … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The High Court of Delhi [official website] ruled Monday that women may legally serve as the head of a family, a role traditionally held by the eldest man. In traditional Hindu culture the eldest man serves as the "Karta," or manager of the family. Legally, the Karta is responsible … [read more]


Legal News
5 days ago
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged [report] Tunisia to reform its drug sentencing laws. According to the report, 28 percent of Tunisia's prison population are individuals who were convicted of drug crimes related to recreational use of controlled substances. The sentencing issue arises from the 1992 … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Gwenyth Gamble

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] began its review the San Francisco police department [official website] on Monday. The review was initiated [AP report] in the aftermath of the filmed shooting of Mario Woods, an African American male, by San Francisco policemen in December. After the video was … [read more]


Legal News
6 days ago
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Hangzhou Christian Council on Friday announced that a prominent Chinese Pastor is under investigation for corruption involving the embezzlement of state funds. The pastor, Gu Yuese, is the leader of the Chongyi Church of Zhejiang. The Chongyi Church is the largest Protestant church in the Chinese speaking world … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on people of African descent stated [press release] Friday that "ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights of African Americans today." Following a tour of several US cities, including … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Brittany Felder

Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on the government of Myanmar Thursday to either repeal or amend [text] a law that could grant former presidents immunity from prosecution for human rights violations and crimes under international law. The outgoing Myanmar Parliament [official website, in Burmese] approved the Former Presidents Security … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

Lithuania began war crime trials for 65 former Soviet military officials on Wednesday. The officials are accused [AFP report] of committing crimes against humanity during the 1991 crackdown by the Soviet Union during Lithuania's independence movement. The action resulted in 14 civilian deaths and over 700 others wounded by the … [read more]

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