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Legal news from Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Lawyers representing a German owner of a diesel-powered Volkswagen (VW) [corporate website] vehicle equipped with a software that could cheat emissions tests filed the first lawsuit seeking compensation for damages on Tuesday. According to the Braunschweig district court [official website, in German], the German firm MyRight [firm website] filed on … [read more]

The Florida Supreme Court [official website] issued a one-paragraph order Wednesday informing judges and prosecutors that the state's death penalty procedure is unconstitutional, marking the second such order in three months. Attorney General Pam Bondi [official website] argued that, although the court ruled the statute unconstitutional in October [JURIST report], … [read more]

[JURIST] An Israeli soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian in the West Bank city of Hebron in March was been found guilty of manslaughter Wednesday. The three-judge military panel in Tel Aviv ruled against Sgt Elor Azaria. Chief judge Col Maya Heller gave a lengthy verdict reading in which the … [read more]

[JURIST] Texas [official website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against the Food and Drug Administration [official website] to force it to decide whether an impounded shipment of a drug used for executions should be delivered to the Texas prison system, which has carried out more lethal injections than any … [read more]

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) [official website] reported Monday that 19,266 civilian casualties occurred in 2016 [official website], with 6,878 killed and 12,388 wounded. The UN has repeatedly condemned terrorist bombings and said that terrorist attacks in the latter months of 2016 were committed in an effort by … [read more]

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