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Legal news from Tuesday, November 7, 2017
by Rachel Gerber

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) held simultaneous hearings Tuesday regarding the UK's practice of intercepting private communications in large amounts, which was leaked by Edward Snowden. The cases, brought by civil rights groups, were heard by a panel of seven judges, over violations of privacy, expression and right to a …

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by Allison Hall

Supreme Court officials announced on Friday that Justice Samuel Alito denied state legislators' request for a stay in the redistricting case Agre v. Wolf. In a mandamus petition filed on October 30, State Representative Michael C. Turzai and State Senator Joseph B. Scarnati, III, argued that Supreme Court intervention in the form of a …

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by Ram Eachambadi

UN Security Council (UNSC) President Sebastiano Cardi on Monday condemned violence in Myanmar's state of Rakhine and urged the Myanmar government to stop using excessive military force and "work with Bangladesh and the United Nations to allow the voluntary return of refugees in conditions of safety and dignity to their homes, on the basis of a 24 …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Former Kenya lawmaker Harun Mwau filed a petition on Monday at the Supreme Court of Kenya challenging last month's presidential election win for President Uhuru Kenyatta claiming the election was not free and fair. On October 26 Kenyatta won the right to another five-year term by 98 percent of the vote. In September the Supreme Court …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in Merit Management Group, LP, v. FTI Consulting, Inc., a case concerning the scope of protection afforded certain institutions acting as so-called "safe harbors" in claims against bankruptcy trustees. The controversy arose out of a securities transaction between FTI as the estate bankruptcy trustee and Merit Management as …

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