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Legal news from Monday, November 6, 2017
by Lindsay Offutt

The US Supreme Court on Monday overturned a lower court's decision to enforce an original plea bargain in accordance with contract law principles, finding such application was not supported by federal law. The case arose from a California criminal conviction. Respondent Michael Cuero was charged with a misdemeanor and two felonies, one of which was deemed …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Bahrain issued a statement Saturday declaring that the country has a right to reclaim lands that the nation believes were wrongfully taken by Qatar. The lands in dispute were settled by a International Court of Justice decision in 2001. The court split the territory, including settling maritime lines. This decision has never been accepted by the Bahraini …

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by Jennifer Suder

The US Supreme Court unanimously concluded on Monday that Alabama may execute a death row inmate, Vernon Madison, who claims to be mentally incompetent and unfit to be executed under the Eighth Amendment due to several strokes and vascular dementia. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit granted Madison …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Saudi Arabia officials on Sunday arrested dozens of individuals, including princes, military officers, influential businessmen and government ministers, as part of a wide ranging anti-corruption probe. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been the driving force behind the anti-corruption probe, living up to his promise to modernize the country. A royal decree stated …

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by Austin Koltonowski

Liberia's Supreme Court on Monday suspended the presidential run-off vote that had been scheduled for November 7 until the National Elections Commission (NEC) can investigate allegations of fraud from the initial October 10 vote. Article 83 of the Liberia Constitution states a run-off election is necessary, "if no candidate obtains an absolute majority in the first ballot ... …

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by Jennifer Suder

Iraq's Supreme Federal Court ruled Monday that no region within the country may secede from the state. The ruling is in response to the disputed referendum by the northern Kurdish region who overwhelmingly voted for independence, with 92 percent of the voters opting to secede from Iraq. In a press …

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by Brittney Zeller

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Samsung's appeal in a patent case against Apple over Smartphone features. Samsung argued [cert. petition, PDF] that three of Apple's patents covered trivial advances that were not eligible for legal protection. Monday's order lets stand an appeals court decision reinstating a jury verdict awarding $120 million …

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by Akira Tomlinson

A Pentagon official on Friday ordered the release of a Marine Corps general, who was sentenced last week to 21-days confinement to his quarters by Guantánamo Bay military commissions judge Air Force Col. Vance Spath. Marine Brigadier General John Baker, acting as chief defense counsel, argues that his conviction is invalid due to a lack of …

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by Miracle Jones

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Friday that her office is seeking an investigation into potential war crimes in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Bensouda is asking the ICC to authorize an investigation into any war crimes and crimes against humanity from July 2002. The request asks for an authorization to …

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