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The Islamic State
November 24, 2014
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria. 11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria 10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners 10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria k....... [more]

Obama announces immigration reforms
November 21, 2014
US President Barrack Obama on Thursday announced execution action on immigration that would allow 4.7 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the US. The reform allows immigrants that have been in the US for more than five years or have children who are citizens to register and pass a criminal ba....... [more]

Statehood Recognition and IS
November 21, 2014
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many Wester....... [more]

UK court allows Pakistani to sue over torture claim
November 19, 2014
A UK judge on Wednesday ruled that Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani man held and detained for 10 years by UK and US forces in Afghanistan, could take legal action against the UK. The British Defense Ministry denied involvement with the case, arguing that the British courts did not have jurisdiction t....... [more]

Defense lawyer argues Guantanamo detainee immune from war crimes charges
November 18, 2014
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi al....... [more]

UN agency voices concern over US states' marijuana legalization
November 12, 2014
The head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday expressed concern that the legalization of marijuana by some US states is not compatible with existing international drug conventions. UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov stated that the UNODC is following the legalization trend and....... [more]

California gun dealers challenge law limiting advertisments
November 12, 2014
A group of California gun dealers filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday challenging a state law that limits their right to advertise. According to California Penal Code section 26820 it is unlawful for a gun dealer to display an advertisement outside of its store windows. The gun dealers argue tha....... [more]

Pennsylvania lawmakers sue over firearms law
November 11, 2014
Five Pennsylvania state legislators and the mayors of two cities filed a lawsuit in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on Monday asking it to strike down a state law passed last month allowing advocacy groups to sue municipalities over local gun laws. The law, commonly known as Act 192, include....... [more]

Mumia supporters challenge Pennsylvania law as First Amendment violation
November 10, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal and supporters filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a recently passed Pennsylvania law that they claim stifles free speech. The law, an amendment to the Crime Victims Act titled "Revictimization relief," states that victims of personal injury crimes can bring civil actions against offe....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Arizona law on smuggling immigrants
November 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday struck down an Arizona law that made smuggling immigrants a state crime because it conflicts with federal laws governing immigration. The law was passed in 2005 and designed to prosecute those trafficking people into the country....... [more]

US bankruptcy judge approves Detroit debt plan
November 8, 2014
The US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved a plan on Friday to resolve Detroit's seven billion dollars of debt and return the city to solvency. The plan includes settlements regarding post-employment benefits claims, tax obligations, insurance, and "the Grand Bargain" whic....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on evidence destruction, shotgun possession
November 6, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Yates v. United States the court considered the definition of "tangible objects" in 18 USC 1519, a statute that criminalizes anyone who "knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a f....... [more]

California approves penalty reduction for some low level crimes
November 6, 2014
California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 47, a ballot initiative reducing the penalties associated with certain low-level drug and property crimes, receiving 58 percent voter approval. Under the measure, crimes related to possession of drugs for personal use and theft of property worth $9....... [more]

Tennessee, Colorado, North Dakota vote on abortion measures
November 5, 2014
Abortion measures were on the ballot across the country as Tennessee's Amendment 1, Colorado's Amendment 67, and North Dakota's Measure 1 went before voters during Tuesday's midterm elections. Tennessee's new amendment grants stronger power to lawmakers to regulate abortions, clarifying that the rig....... [more]

Virginia judge rules police can require suspect to unlock cell phone with fingerprint
November 1, 2014
A judge for the 2nd Judicial District of Virginia on Thursday ruled that police can force criminal suspects to unlock their cell phones with a fingerprint scanner to allow officers to open and search them. Officers may not, however, compel suspects to give up their phone pass codes. Judge Steven Fru....... [more]




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