March 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday vacated a lower court decision that Alabama's redistricting plans did not improperly rely on race to determine voting districts. In a close 5-4 decision, the court found in Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama that the decision of the US District Court for ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The former lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday after facing death threats for the representation of his ex-client. Lawyer Samiullah Kahn Afridi was shot while returning to his Peshawar home. Two Pakistan militant groups, Taliban faction ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report documenting the destruction of civilian property by Iraqi security forces, pro-government militias and volunteer fighters after the forces successfully forced Islamic State (IS) fighters to retreat from the town of Amerli and surrounding ...[read more]
March 13, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Ninety-two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world on Friday issued an oral statement calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to institute a Special Rapporteur on Privacy, citing a pressing need for the provision of continuous and authoritative guidance on the scope ...[read more]
March 13, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Swedish prosecutors on Friday issued a request to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over sexual assault allegations at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The move marks a change of course for the team of prosecutors, who have insisted since 2010 that ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Serbian war crimes prosecutors said Tuesday that five people have been charged with committing a wartime massacre during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s, with 10 more still under investigation in Bosnia. The massacre occurred in 1993, when the five allegedly abducted 20 people from a train in ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transporation, Inc. that Alabama should be able to justify its decision to assess on railroads a fuel tax that it does not assess on motor carriers. The 7-2 ruling against CSX Transportation Inc. reversed the decision ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a November 9 Catalonia independence vote was unconstitutional. According to the court, both the decree from the Catalan regional government that allowed for the vote and two articles of a regional law passed in September on "non referenda ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
The US Supreme Court on Wednesday handed down its ruling in Yates v. US, rejecting the prosecution of a fisherman for throwing undersized fish overboard. The petitioner, a fisherman, had been charged with destruction of evidence for instructing his crew to throw back 72 red grouper fish after a ...[read more]

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