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Legal news from Monday, January 27, 2014
by Cynthia Miley

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Burrage v. US to relax sentencing guidelines for drug dealers. Marcus Burrage was convicted of distribution of heroin causing death under 21 USC § 841, and he appealed by challenging the causation instruction the courts were using for § 841. Burrage argued that the statute …

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by Cynthia Miley

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN's highest court, issued a ruling establishing a new maritime boundary between Peru and Chile on Monday. The ICJ granted Peru some parts of the Pacific Ocean formerly controlled by Chile but left Chile prosperous coastal fishing grounds. The decision ends disputes over …

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by Daniel Mullen

The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Monday urged Qatar to consolidate its justice system and address its shortcomings. Gbrelia Knaul, the current Special Rapporteur, praised Qatar's achievements over the past decade in establishing an independent judiciary, but criticized the justice system there for failing to uphold basic …

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by Addison Morris

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously to overturn a defamation judgment in Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, in which a pilot sued the airline for reporting him as a security threat and calling him "mentally unstable." At issue in this case was the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA) [Cornell LII …

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by Daniel Mullen

The US Supreme Court ruled Monday in Sandifer v. US Steel Corp. that employees are not entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for time spent changing in and out of protective gear. The FLSA governs minimum wages and maximum hours for certain employees and specifically excludes …

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by Addison Morris

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday warned that the renewed clashes of anti-Balaka and ex-Seleka mark a critical time for Central African Republic (CAR). Ex-Seleka groups are supported by armed Muslim civilians, while anti-Balaka are backed by former national army soldiers. Serious violence has been reported in the …

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by Taylor Gillan

Tunisia's Parliament on Sunday passed a new constitution, its first since the ousting of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the country's democratic transition, stating his belief that Tunisia's example could serve as a model to …

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by Taylor Gillan

The children of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire filed a lawsuit on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio over the method used in McGuire's 26-minute long execution, which they say amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. McGuire, who was convicted in 1994 of raping and murdering a 22-year-old girl in …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The US Supreme Court on Friday issued an order enjoining the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from requiring that the Little Sisters, a Roman Catholic order, fill out a formal government document in order to secure exemption from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) contraceptive …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Anti-government protesters on Sunday seized and occupied the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice building in Kiev and did not disperse until a government minister threatened to initiate a state of emergency Monday morning. The Ukrainian civic group Spilna Sprava, translated as "Common Cause," has reportedly claimed responsibility for the Ministry of Justice raid and earlier raids at the …

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