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Legal news from Tuesday, January 10, 2017
by Brittany Felder

The European Commission on Tuesday proposed rules to bolster electronic communications as well as to "create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security." The First Vice President stated that the proposals would "complete the EU data protection framework" and it is expected that the proposals will cover more sites such …

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by Brittany Felder

Australian citizen and former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks made a court appearance on Tuesday in Adelaide on assault charges against his partner. Hicks was accused of assaulting his partner in September of last year and did not take a plea at the proceedings. It seems he denies the incident occurred as he told …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Illinois House of Representatives on Monday approved a new criminal justice reform bill by a vote of 83-26 during the latest meeting of the General Assembly. The bill would amend the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Act to establish federally funded trauma recovery services for violent crime victims. The bill would also amend the Unified …

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by Rachel Gerber

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion Monday to stay a federal court order preventing the federal government from enforcing an Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulation that protects transgender people and women from discrimination in health care. The ACLU released a statement:The nationwide injunction restrains the government from enforcing the …

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by Aaron Christenson

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other international and local human rights groups on Tuesday asserted that the Pakistan government should investigate whether four missing anti-Taliban activists were abducted by the Taliban. HRW noted that the four men were all "vocal critics of militant religious groups and Pakistan's military establishment," making them prime targets for reprisals. According …

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by Aaron Christenson

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued a ruling Tuesday refusing to exempt two Swiss Muslim students from compulsory mixed sex swimming lessons for religious reasons. The court explained that the students' right to manifest their religion had been interfered with by the school's requirement that they take mixed swimming lessons. …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Supreme Court of Gambia has postponed until May the suit President Yahya Jammeh filed after he was defeated by Adama Barrow in the country's general election. Chief justice Emmanuel Fagbenle said that the seven-member panel that will be overseeing the case will not all be available until May. Jammeh, who is backed by the country's …

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by Rachel Gerber

Liberty, a UK-based advocacy group, announced Tuesday that it had met its crowding funding goal to launch a legal challenge against recently passed surveillance legislation. Among other provisions, the Investigatory Powers Act allows the government to record the Internet history of every UK citizen for up to a year. Liberty is primarily …

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by Alexandra Farone

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman. This case focuses on the fees charged by credit card companies to merchants whenever customers pay with a credit card. Ten states have passed laws that forbid these credit card surcharges, but these laws also do not forbid …

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by Alexandra Farone

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions began his confirmation hearing on Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the position of attorney general in the cabinet of President-elect Donald Trump. During the hearing, he was pressed by committee members as to his ability to be independent against Trump. He was …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Venezuelan Supreme Court on Monday annulled Parliament's decision to begin impeachment proceedings against President Nicol├ís Maduro, ruling that the action went beyond Parliament's constitutional power. The High Court reaffirmed a decision they had issued last November, in which it ordered the country's parliament to "refrain from continuing the procedure …

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by Jonathon Churchin

A new report released Monday by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) shows that children in Afghanistan are bearing the brunt of the nutritional crisis, despite attempts at administering food aid. OCHA has concluded that currently there are 9.3 million people in the country in need of aid, an increase of 13 …

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by Matthew Santiago

The US Treasury Department announced on Monday that five Russian officials have been sanctioned for human rights abuses. The officials include Aleksandr Bastrykin, who serves as both chief public investigator and close aide to President Vladimir Putin. The Treasury Department had been investigating the officials for their connection to the 2009 matter of …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The conditions on Greek Islands for asylum seekers has been labeled as "untenable" by the European Commission due to heavy snowfall in the region, said a spokesperson on Monday. The islands have seen a steady flow of refugees seeking asylum in the EU, the numbers nearing 16,000 people. The commission stated that they are aware …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell warned [C-SPAN video] on Monday that a move to repeal the Affordable Care Act without simultaneously implementing a replacement plan would create a dangerous situation in American healthcare. Burwell, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, did not address the intention of Congress to replace the ACA before …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in Nelson v. Colorado. The court granted certiorari in September to decide whether Colorado's requirement that defendants must prove their innocence by clear and convincing evidence to get their money back, after reversal of conviction of a crime entailing monetary penalties, is consistent with due …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a controversial law Monday that may impact the August elections. The law enables a paper recount of votes in the event that the electronic systems fail. Though a victory for the majority Jubilee party, who claim it will add stability to the voting process, members of the opposition Cord party have expressed concern …

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by Jonathan Niznansky

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky Monday challenging new abortion requirements. The filing challenges House Bill 2, a law requiring an ultrasound be performed before an abortion may be undertaken, which passed early in the legislative session. …

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