March 30, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Former Israeli prime minster Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday by the Jerusalem District Court of fraud and breach of trust in connection to payments received from American businessman Morris Talansky. According to Talansky's previous testimony, he provided Olmert with more than USD $150,000 in ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of The Guardian, deciding that the UK newspaper may publish a series of letters between Prince Charles and high government officials. The court determined that governmental attempts to conceal the "Black Spider memos" were unlawful. The ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A lawyer for former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr asked the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton Tuesday to release his client on bail while his US war crimes appeal is being considered. Nathan Whitling argued that his client's appeal is taking too long to process, and Khadr's sentence may be ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Sarah Steers
The unconventional gas well fee of Act 13 ("impact fee") sparked heated discussion. Under Section 2302 of Act 13, the governing body of a county may elect to impose a fee on each individual unconventional gas well drilled (or "spudded") in the county. The oil and gas industry considers the ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Sarah Steers
Pennsylvania has long incorporated its advantageous position atop deposits of oil and coal into its economy. As technological advancement in the 21st century meant greater access to- and utilization of- natural gas reserves trapped in shale, Governor Tom Corbett advocated for changes to ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Christopher Dellana
On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Friday that the Department of Defense (DOD) must release photographs requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for images depicting the abuse of prisoners in ...[read more]
March 21, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Friday announced the publication of a rule regulating fracking on federal land. The rule is intended to ensure that wells are properly constructed to protect water supplies, to make certain that the fluids that flow back to the surface as a result of ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court on Friday sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or destroy ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Authorities in the Republic of Senegal arrested Amadou Sall on Monday, a lawyer for ex-government official Karim Wade who is facing corruption charges. It is believed Sall was arrested for remarks he made at a recent political event. Wade is awaiting a verdict on charges of corruption and ...[read more]

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