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Legal news from Thursday, November 2, 2017
by Kelly B. Cullen

Today, a three judge panel announced its intention to go forward with plans to appoint a special master over the objections of North Carolina state legislators. The legislators objected to the plans on Monday after the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ordered the appointment last week. The …

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by Rachel Gerber

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means released the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Thursday. The bill was introduced by Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and co-sponsored by House Speaker Paul Ryan. Brady stressed that the bill was intended to help low and middle class …

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by Rachel Gerber

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday leveledd two criminal charges against the New York attack suspect, Sayfullo Habibullavic Saipov. Saipov appeared before Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses of the Southern District of New York but did not enter a plea on the counts of (1) provision of material support and resources to a designated …

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by Lindsay Offutt

A judge for the Guantanamo military commissions on Wednesday held Marine Brigaider General John Baker, the chief defense counsel, guilty of contempt of court and sentenced him to 21 days confinement and a fine of $1,000. The conviction comes as a response to Baker's refusal to testify about releasing three civilian defense attorneys—Rick Kammen, Rosa …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The Supreme Court of Liberia on Wednesday halted the run-off elections set for November 7, pending the court's decision Thursday in a case brought by the first-round losing candidate for allegations of election fraud. The October 10 vote did not end with a majority for any candidate, but Liberian soccer star George Weah and …

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by Erik Slobe

Amnesty International (AI) published a report Tuesday accusing Venezuelan officials of doing illegal nightly home invasions of individuals suspected of dissent in an effort of intimidation. AI received reports of 47 illegal home invasions between April and July 2017 in 11 different districts across the country. The raids are believed to have been completed by Venezuelan …

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by Jennifer Suder

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Artis v. District of Columbia, involving the meaning of a provision of the federal supplemental jurisdiction statute, which allows plaintiffs to pursue state court claims after related federal claims are dismissed. Under the doctrine of supplemental jurisdiction, as long as the federal court has …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) reached a settlement agreement with ExxonMobil Tuesday over violations of the Clean Air Act from their chemical, olefins, polymer and plastics manufacturing facilities located in or near Baytown, Texas, Beaumont, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Mont Belvieu, Texas. …

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