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Legal news from Sunday, January 1, 2017
by Brittany Felder

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday vetoed a bill that would require the state to pay for indigent representation when counties were unable. The bill was passed six months ago with bipartisan support, though the lawsuit giving rise to the issue was settled approximately 2 years ago. After weeks of negotiation [Politico …

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by Brittany Felder

California Congressman Adam Schiff, on Sunday stated that there will be a bi-partisan push for stronger sanctions against Russia if incoming president Donald Trump attempts to undo those already in place. Condemning Trump's consistent denial that Russia engaged in hacking the U.S. election, Schiff stated that the evidence of Russian …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

US District Judge Reed O'Connor, of the Northern District of Texas, issued an injunction on Saturday barring enforcement of anti-discrimination provisions concerning transgender health and abortion in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The injunction comes one day before the provisions would have come into force at the start of 2017 and is part of a larger lawsuit, …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

Kim Jong-un, leader of North Korea, announced in his Sunday New Year's address that the country is in the final stage of preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket. Though North Korea has tested numerous missiles this year, it will be the first time that the nation will have tested a long range ballistic missile, if the country …

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