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Legal news from Tuesday, January 7, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Thailand to work with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to screen detained persons for refugee status and the mandate to protect refugees and stateless people. Thousands of ethnic Rohingya fleeing abuse in Rakhine state enter Thailand seeking asylum. According to HRW, Thailand's "help on" policy of …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday urged Cambodian authorities to show restraint when dealing with protesters after several demonstrations ended in violence. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the OHCHR, has reminded Cambodian authorities that "olicing of demonstrations must comply at all times with international human rights obligations and international …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with JP Morgan Chase & Co. on Tuesday, which stipulates the bank will pay $1.7 billion to the US government for its role in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. A criminal complaint was filed in the …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant a temporary injunction blocking the Obama administration from enforcing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), denying two doctor's groups' plea arguing the entire law is unconstitutional due to the method of its passing. The plea, brought by the American Physician's group …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) ruled on Tuesday that the actions of 308 members of Parliament in trying to promote the passing of a bill were illegal. The bill in question would make Thailand's upper house of Parliament an all-elected body. The ruling will result in further investigation of the member's actions and could reportedly …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Monday struck down part of Chicago's gun ordinance banning the licensed sale of firearms in the city, ruling that it was unconstitutional. In response to a 2010 lawsuit challenging the ordinance, the decision allows licensed firearms dealers to operate within the …

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by Bradley McAllister

Four same-sex couples filed a class action lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Monday, seeking to overturn the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and state Attorney General Tom Horne are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Two of the four couples in …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard arguments Monday regarding the constitutionality of Texas' new abortion law, the provisions of which would lead to the closing of many of the state's abortion clinics. Pro-choice groups contend that the district court correctly ruled that the provisions of the law restricting the …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Muslim Brotherhood has filed a complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC) alleging widespread and systematic crimes against humanity have been committed by the Egyptian military since its July coup removing president Mohamed Morsi from power. The complaint, filed on December 20, purports [Middle …

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