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supreme court hears arguments in two matters
[jurist] the us supreme court [official website] heard arguments in two matters today; hughes v. united states and koons v. united states [scotusblog materials]. hughes [argument transcript, pdf] asks how attorneys should determine the precedential effect of supreme court opinions that end in a plurality—a term used to refer to cases in which no opinion receives a majority of five votes. in marks v. united states [opinion], the supreme court previously adopted the “narrowest grounds test,” which explicitly states that:[w]hen...
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us senate votes to consider bill to curb online sex trafficking
the united states senate [official site] on tuesday voted in favor of a motion to proceed with consideration of house bill 1865 [text] aimed at curbing online sex trafficking. house bill 1865 was first introduced on the floor of the house of representatives on april 3, 2017. the bill passed [jurist report] the house on february 27, 2018 and was sent to the senate the next day. hb 1965 seeks to amend the communications act of 1934 [text]. section 230...
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ecj rules against arbitration clauses in bilateral investment treaties between eu member states
the european court of justice (ecj) on tuesday ruled [decision] that the arbitration provisions of a bilateral investment treaty (bit) between czechoslovakia and the netherlands was precluded by the terms of the treaty on the functioning of the european union (tfeu). the case decided before the ecj involved dutch insurance company achmea [corporate website], and the slovak republic. slovakia passed a law in 2007 that restricted private insurance companies from taking profits. achmea suffered financially and claimed that the bit...
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phillippine government asks supreme court to expel chief justice
legal counsel for the philippine government asked the supreme court [official website] on monday to remove chief justice maria lourdes sereno [profile] over allegations that she did not properly declare her assets. the move [ap report] is the latest against justice sereno, who last year was targeted for impeachment by president rodrigo duterte [jurist archive] when he accused her of attempting to discredit his administration. solicitor general jose calida filed the petition to have justice sereno removed for allegedly failing...
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supreme court halts alabama execution
the us supreme court [official website] on thursday halted [order, pdf] the planned execution of alabama death row inmate vernon madison. vernon madison was convicted [cert. petition, pdf] in alabama of murdering a police officer in 1985. he was scheduled to be executed on january 25. madison’s attorneys petitioned the supreme court for a writ of certiorari, claiming that madison is not competent and the execution would violate the eighth amendment as cruel and unusual punishment. madison suffers from vascular...
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alabama certifies doug jones' senate victory
alabama certified [results, pdf] democrat doug jones’ special election win over republican roy moore thursday, rejecting moore’s wednesday bid to halt such certifications and proceed with an investigation into election fraud. in a last ditch effort wednesday night, moore filed suit [complaint, pdf] in the alabama state circuit court of montgomery county [official website] asking for the alabama secretary of state john h. merrill [official website] to hold off certifying the results of the december 12 election, and upon investigation,...
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north carolina court orders special master in redistricting case
today, a three judge panel in the us district court for the middle district of north carolina ordered [official website; order] the appointment of a special master to evaluate nine redrawn districts. the north carolina general assembly redrew the districts over the summer after a unanimous panel concluded that twenty-eight districts were racially gerrymandered in violation of the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment [lii materials]; a ruling affirmed [scotusblog materials] by the supreme court. the court summarized the...
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turkish court orders release of opposition spokeperson
[jurist] a turkish court released a peoples’ democratic party (hdp) [party website] parliamentarian thursday, according to a hdp statement [press release]. parliamentarian ayhan bilgen is the former speaker of the hdp and has been jailed over allegations of terrorism. this release follows a “conscience and justice watch” at the constitutional court to protest and demand action [press release] for those they believed were unjustly and unlawfully imprisoned. the current turkish government has removed and arrested [reuters report] more than 150,000...
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senate committee approves $10 million to un climate agency
[jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the un agency that oversees the paris climate agreement. in june president donald trump announced [jurist report] that the us will no longer be part of the paris climate accord. according to many experts, climate change [jurist backgrounder] as a result of global greenhouse gas emissions is one of the most...
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us legal news round up for saturday, 9 september 2017
here’s the domestic legal news we covered this week: [jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the un agency that oversees the paris climate agreement. [more] the us department of justice (doj) [official website] filed [docket list] an amicus curiae brief [text] with the us supreme court [official website] thursday in support of the masterpiece cakeshop, which was...
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world legal news round up for saturday, 9 september 2017
here’s the international legal news we covered this week: [jurist] the us senate appropriations committee unanimously approved [press release] $51.35 billion in funding on thursday for state and foreign appropriations [text, pdf], including $10 million to help fund the un agency that oversees the paris climate agreement. [more] [jurist] a turkish court released a peoples’ democratic party (hdp) [party website] parliamentarian thursday, according to a hdp statement [press release]. [more] [jurist] the spanish constitutional court [official website] on thursday suspended...
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guatemala congressional panel recommends lifting president's immunity
a guatemalan congressional committee on sunday recommended that president jimmy morales’ immunity should be voided so the attorney general and the un can investigate illegal campaign financing allegations. according to the attorney general and head of the international commission against impunity in guatemala [official website], morales misappropriated [jurist report] over $800,000 from his 2015 campaign the recommendation to void immunity will be forwarded to congress, and a final vote is expected next week. at least a two-thirds majority is needed...
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un rights chief criticizes myanmar 'ethnic cleansing' at opening of human rights council session
un high commissioner for human rights zeid ra’ad al hussein called [press release] the situation in myanmar “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” at the opening of the un human rights council’s 36th regular session [press release] monday. during his oral presentation, zeid addressed a lack of consistency in human rights policies, eu nonuniform voice in global human rights, and specifically addressed issues in several countries. according to zeid, in myanmar, there is another brutal security operation being conducted in...
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maldives suspends lawyers calling for rule of law
maldives authorities suspended 56 lawyers on monday for signing and trying to submit a petition to the supreme court calling to uphold the rule of law. the petition cited court violations primarily in cases against opposition politicians. the department of judicial administration (dja) deemed the petition to be an unlawful document because it interfered with the judicial system by overstepping the system’s procedures and rulings. the suspension applies [ap report] to one-third of the lawyers in practice in maldives, and...
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poland can demand wwii reparations from germany, experts say
a panel of legal experts for the polish parliament concluded [press release, in polish]y monda that poland is entitled to seek reparations from germany over any acts committed by the country during the second world war. the report[text, pdf, in polish] relies on various conventions, including the 1907 hague convention and the practice of reparations following wwii, to justify its claim. polish prime minster beata szydło [official website] has publicly stated [radio poland] that poland “has the right to seek”...
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google appeals eu antitrust fines
google appealed its eu antitrust fine on monday after intel’s partial victory [jurist report] last week against a similar eu sanction. google’s appeal comes two months after the initial [jurist report] antitrust fine by the european commission [official website] for abusing its “dominance in general internet search” to unfairly promote its shopping service instead of promoting google shopping on its merits. google gave its google shopping prominent placement in its own search results and subsequently demoted the placement of other...
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supreme court order allows enforcement of travel ban against refugees
us supreme court [official website] justice anthony kennedy issued an order [text, pdf] monday staying a lower court ruling, allowing enforcement of the trump administration travel ban against refugees. the justice department had filed an emergency application [text, pdf] to block a ninth circuit decision [opinion, pdf] that would have exempted refugees from the ban. the ninth circuit weighed in on what constitutes a bona fide relationship, in accordance with a previous supreme court order in relation to the travel...
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california files lawsuit to challenge daca rescission
california filed a lawsuit [complaint, pdf] on monday against the us department of homeland security (dhs) [official website], alleging the rescission of the deferred action for childhood arrivals (daca) [uscis materials] program is unconstitutional. the complaint alleges that daca’s rescission violates the fifth amendment’s due process and equal protection clauses, along with other allegations including violations of federal laws. the 37-page complaint emphasizes the benefits and purposes of daca, stating in part:according to the daca memorandum, daca’s purpose was to...
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unicef: children in war torn countries have right to safe water
[jurist] the un children’s fund (unicef) [official website] voiced [press release] its concerns on tuesday regarding the lack of drinking water accessible to children in war torn countries. according to unicef, more than 180 million people are cut off [un news centre report] from water in countries of conflict including yemen, syria and nigeria. generally, inhabitants of these countries are four times more likely to lack safe water than people in other countries. in such countries, unicef reports that water...
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hong kong protests spurred by imprisonment of democracy activists
three democracy activists were jailed on thursday for participating in the 2014 pro-democracy umbrella movement, which lead to thousands of hong kong citizens protesting on sunday in opposition of their imprisonment. joshua wong, nathan law, and alex chow were convicted [reuters report] to be imprisoned for six to eight months for the charge of unlawful assembly. according one of the protest organizers, sunday’s protests held the highest number of participants since the 2014 protests with an estimate of 23,000 people....
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oregon governor signs bill expanding coverage of abortions and birth control
oregon governor kate brown [official website] signed a bill [text, pdf] into law on tuesday that expands access to abortions and birth control. the bill prohibits health benefit plans from imposing a deductible, coinsurance, copayment or any other cost sharing requirements on services such as abortions or birth control. additionally, the bill allows state funds to be used to provide reproductive healthcare to non-citizens who are not eligible for medicaid. there is an exception that allows employers to exclude coverage...
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trump threatens military action in venezuela amidst political unrest
us president donald trump on friday threatened venezuela with military action due to its ongoing political unrest, which ,according to trump, has lead to the dissolution of democracy. as of late, venezuela has been in a state of unrest [reuters report] due to a legislative body usurping the authority of the opposition-controlled congress. according to trump, the spur of possible military action comes as a result of the suffering the people in venezuela face. in a statement provided during a...
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myanmar government inquiry finds no crimes against humanity in rakhine violence
an inquiry conducted by the myanmar government has found no crimes against humanity [press release, in burmese] were committed during violent clashes in rakhine state last year, vice president myint swe said sunday. speaking to reporters at the release of the rakhine investigative commission’s final report, swe denied allegations [ap report] of ethnic cleansing and gang rapes. he did concede that some crimes may have occurred, but attributed them to individual members of security forces. the myanmar government’s commission has...
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congress reaches a deal on new russian sanctions
the house of representatives and the senate reached an agreement on saturday to impose a new sanctions bill [materials] on russia that would give congress a new veto power in any presidential attempt to roll back the sanctions. the development was brought by both congressional republicans and democrats following concerns that president donald trump may return two russian compounds previously taken in response to the cyber attacks surrounding the american election. the bill had previously faced a blue slip constitutional...
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poland's parliament passes law to give control of the supreme court to the government
on saturday, poland’s upper house of parliament, the senate [official website], passed a law [pdf, in polish] that would give the government control over the supreme court. the law still needs to be approved [cnn report] by president andrzej duda [official profile]. the law would allow the president to force supreme court judges into retirement and appoint new judges. the president has 21 days to approve the law. proponents of the law say that it is necessary to reform the...
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supreme court declines to hear lawsuit against california ban on gay conversion therapy
[jurist] the us supreme court on monday declined to hear [order list, pdf] an appeal challenging california’s 2012 ban on “gay conversion” therapy. the law [text, pdf], signed by california governor jerry brown [official website], became the first of its kind, barring the so-called therapy that aims to change the sexual orientation of patients under 18. plaintiff donald welch [professional profile] had argued that the california law not only suppresses conservative religious beliefs and practices, but also interferes with a...
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justice department appeals court injunction on travel ban
[jurist] the us department of justice [official website] filed a notice [text, pdf] on thursday saying that it will appeal a hawaii federal judge’s order [text, pdf] against president donald trump’s [official website] revised travel ban [text]. the judge converted [jurist report] his temporary restraining order into an injunction on thursday. the department of justice will be appealing to the united states court of appeals for the ninth circuit [official website], which previously denied [jurist report] a rehearing of trump’s...
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seattle sues trump over 'sanctuary cities' executive order
the city of seattle filed a lawsuit [complaint, pdf] wednesday against president donald trump’s administration, arguing that their designation as a “sanctuary city” should not prevent them from receiving federal funds, as required by executive order 13768 [text]. seattle asked the us district court for the western district of washington to formally declare that seattle’s policy of “not inquir[ing] into the immigration status of any person unless specifically required to do so by law or court order” conforms to federal...
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