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Legal news from Tuesday, January 3, 2017

[JURIST] President Barrack Obama's [official website] nomination of Judge Merrick Garland [BBC profile] to the US Supreme Court expired on Tuesday following the formal adjournment of the 114th Congress [materials]. The refusal to grant Garland a proper hearing has been regarded [WSJ report] as an injustice against the Obama administration. … [read more]

[JURIST] Hong Kong's former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of misconduct and accepting advantages following corrupt dealings during his term. Before leaving office in 2012, Tsang reportedly negotiated [SCMP report] with a major shareholder of Digital Broadcasting Corporation (DBC) [official website, in Chinese] to … [read more]

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that a Minnesota program that keeps sex offenders confined to secure facilities after they complete their prison sentences is constitutional and necessary to protect citizens from dangerous predators. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, more than … [read more]

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