January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Nominee for the position of US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Lynch, a US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will face two days of hearings led by Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. In her opening statement to the ...[read more]
January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari. Two Justices, ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Mexican authorities have arrested a hit man for the Guerreros Unidos gang in connection with disappearance and alleged massacre of 43 students from a teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero. The Mexican government believes the students were killed by the Guerreros Unidos ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Peter Snyder
An Egyptian appeals court Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter in a female genital mutilation (FGM) that resulted in the death of a 13-year-old girl in 2013. The doctor, Raslan Fadl, who was originally cleared of charges at the trial level, was fined and sentenced to two years of hard labor ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International on Wednesday criticized a vote by the Turkish Parliament downing a proposal to lift parliamentary immunity for four former ministers accused of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal that began in December 2013, ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Mach Mining, LLC v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission the court has been asked to settle a circuit split regarding whether and to what extent courts can enforce the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) statutory ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Peter Snyder
French police have arrested 54 people for verbally supporting or threatening terrorist acts in the wake of the terrorist attacks at the offices of French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket. The French Justice Ministry has called on prosecutors to crack down on hate speech, anti- ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A court in Singapore on Monday ordered blogger Roy Ngerng to pay Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong S$29,000 (USD $21,700) in legal fees and related expenses incurred after Lee won a defamation case against Ngerng in November of last year. In May of last year Ngerng penned a blog post allegedly ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the far-west Chinese province of Xinjiang, issued a new law Wednesday banning the wearing of burqas in public. Xinjiang, home to China's minority ethnically Turkic Muslim Uighurs, has been the site of significant ethnic unrest including recent attacks by Uighur ...[read more]

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