April 21, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on whether possession of a sawed-off shotgun should be considered a violent felony under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). In Johnson v. US the court specifically is considering whether the residual clause in the ACCA is constitutionally vague. ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday criticized the mass trial of 51 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, claiming that the government presented no evidence of a crime being committed by the men other than the testimony of a single police officer. Specifically they noted that the only evidence presented ...[read more]
April 19, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
UN officials congregating at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar ,on Saturday called on member states to implement new standards for eliminating violence against children. The standards were approved by the UN General Assembly in December and are ...[read more]
April 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday sentenced a former Blackwater security contractor to life in prison and three others to 30 years for the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. Nicholas Slatten, a former Army sniper, was found guilty of murder for ...[read more]
April 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Kenyan government announced on Sunday that it asked the UN Refugee Agency to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees by July. The request comes in the wake of the Garissa University massacre, an attack by Shebab insurgents that left nearly 150 dead. A statement released by the ...[read more]
April 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar on Sunday and highlighted the crucial connection between the rule of law and sustainable development. The Congress also adopted the Doha Declaration which highlights ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on Monday appealed a federal court ruling that struck down a law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. Schimel appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago to attempt to have the ...[read more]
April 5, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
An Egyptian prosecutor referred 187 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to a military court on Sunday. The supporters are accused of killing police officers while storming a Maghagha police station in the southern province of Minya in August 2013, only weeks after the removal of former president Mohamed ...[read more]
April 5, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was granted a furlough on Sunday to leave prison so that he could attend his father's funeral. Anwar was taken from the prison under heavy security to his father's house and will have to return to prison after the burial. His father, who died Sunday ...[read more]
March 31, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday over how to apply the court's 2002 decision Atkins v. Virginia, which decided that capital punishment for mentally handicapped individuals was considered cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. In Brumfield v. Cain the court will ...[read more]

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