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Legal news from Wednesday, April 23, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed into law a bill that allows licensed gun owners to carry firearms into many public places, including bars, schools, and certain government buildings. The "Safe Carry Protection Act," dubbed the "guns everywhere bill" by critics, allows school districts and religious leaders to decide whether they want …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Senate of Brazil on Tuesday passed a bill that puts limits on the metadata that can be collected from Internet users in the country. The law also eliminates Internet service providers' liability for content published by their users and requires providers to remove offensive materials following court …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In United States v. Clarke the court heard arguments on whether an unsupported allegation that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a summons for an improper purpose entitles an opponent to an evidentiary hearing to question IRS …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Council of Europe released Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks's observations on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan on Wednesday revealing human rights issues including: freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association and the right to property. The observations follow his report on the country published in August. Muiznieks was …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Bangladesh's High Court ruled Wednesday that former prime minister Khaleda Zia must stand trial on corruption charges. Zia and three other members of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been accused of embezzling funds from a charitable trust named after Zia's deceased husband, former president Ziaur Rahman. The court …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of migrant domestic workers in Qatar," reveals evidence that domestic workers in Qatar face …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Paroline v. United States that a victim of child pornography may be entitled to restitution under 18 USC § 2259 but only to the extent the defendant's offense proximately caused the victim's losses. Doyle Paroline was convicted of possessing child pornography, including two childhood …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in White v. Woodall that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in granting the writ of habeas corpus. The case …

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