March 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The New Mexico legislature on Saturday passed a bill that will end civil asset forfeiture in the state. The bill, HB 560, was passed in the senate by a vote of 37-0. Civil asset forfeiture is a police practice in which authorities can take an individual's property without charging that person for ...[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 3, 2015
by Addison Morris
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday published its opinion in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, reversing the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit decision and ruling that the petitioner's suit is not barred from going forward. In this case, a trade association of retailers who sell ...[read more]
February 25, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in two cases. In Henderson v. United States, the court must decide the property interest in a collection of firearms relinquished to law enforcement by a former border patrol agent after the commission of a felony offense. The case turns on a ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Adel Abdel Bary, a member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan. The Egyptian national pleaded guilty last September to threatening to kill, injure, intimidate, and damage and destroy property by means of an ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Mississippi Legislature voted 116-1 to pass House Bill 177 on Monday, which would ban use of foreign law. It also voted 78-37 for House Bill 490, which would ban Mississippi governments from adopting sustainable development principles as in Agenda 21, a non-binding 1992 United Nations ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The Spanish National Court on Wednesday sentenced six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled by a private security force and eventually captured by the ...[read more]
February 4, 2015
by Sarah Steers
After Fidel Castro's authoritarian regime took control of Cuba in 1959, the US responded in 1960 by imposing a trade embargo- a prohibition against commercial, financial and economic dealings with Cuba enforced over time by a minimum of six statutes. In 1961, the US severed diplomatic relations ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Chilean lawmakers on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that recognizes civil unions between same-sex couples. The legislation will now go to President Michelle Bachelet next, who is expected to sign it. The bill's passage will give same-sex couples many of the rights granted to married ...[read more]
December 23, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The UN Human Rights Office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Monday released a joint report describing civilian populations in Libya being subjected to shelling, abduction, torture, execution and deliberate destruction of property. In a press release accompanying the report, UN High ...[read more]

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