April 23, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
The US Senate on Thursday voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General, establishing her as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Lynch was nominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee 188 days prior on November 8 but had her confirmation hearing delayed up by ...[read more]
April 23, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Top UN human rights officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) issued a joint statement Thursday calling on the EU to create a new rescue operation program for migrants attempting to traverse the Mediterranean and to commit to greater receipt of refugees. The statement, ...[read more]
April 22, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The EU General Court on Wednesday upheld sanctions placed on individuals and companies in Zimbabwe. The action, brought in 2012 by Zimbabwe's Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and 120 other individuals, challenged sanctions first imposed in 2002 as a result of the EU's concerns regarding pre- ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that extending an already completed traffic stop in order to conduct a drug sniff violates the Constitution as an unreasonable seizure. In a 6-3 decision by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the majority held in Rodriguez v. United States that "a seizure justified ...[read more]
April 21, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Learjet and other natural gas retail purchasers in their action against interstate natural gas pipeline ONEOK, finding that the Natural Gas Act does not provide the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exclusive control over the actions of energy ...[read more]
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 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in appeal brought by Rajat Gupta, the former director of the Goldman Sachs Group Inc, for his 2012 insider trading conviction. The petition submitted to the Supreme Court argued erroneous utilization of Federal Rule of Evidence 403 and noted a ...[read more]
April 20, 2015
by Peter Snyder
In closing remarks at the 13th UN Crime Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Sunday in Doha, Qatar, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov called on member states to implement the Doha Declaration to combat transnational crime and bolster criminal ...[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 19, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Afghanistan must strengthen its criminal justice system to provide protection for women victims of domestic violence, according to a report released Sunday by the the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The report said ...[read more]

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