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Legal news from Thursday, November 9, 2017
by Kylee Clark

International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday reported to the statement to the UN Security Council (UNSC) on the efforts to arrest Libyan special forces commander Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli. The warrant for his arrest was issued in August 2015 following the release of video evidence of Al-Werfalli performing seven different executions, resulting in 33 deaths …

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by Christopher Anderson

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday authorized prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate potential crimes against humanity and war crimes in Burundi. The decision of Pre-Trial Chamber III was the result of a preliminary examination launched in Spring 2016. Welcoming the decision, Bensouda noted that the opening of an investigation does …

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by Patrick Sherry

Residents of Maine on Tuesday voted to expand access to Medicaid to an additional 70,000 low-income individuals under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), making it the first state to implement this expansion by referendum. Maine was one of the remaining 19 states that refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA, and the referendum passed with 60% of …

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by Kelly B. Cullen

Redistricting has taken on increasing importance nationally as controversies over the political gerrymandering of House seats in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have moved into the spotlight. However, redistricting controversies are not confined to the national level. At the local level, redistricting causes emotions to run high, frustrates politicians and, sometimes, causes befuddlement. A survey of a few …

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by Tate Brown

Ohio voters on Tuesday approved an amendment that will give Ohio crime victims more Constitutional rights. Issue 1 passed with over 82 percent of the vote, giving crime victims more rights and requiring that those rights be as well protected as the rights of the criminal suspects. The rights provided by this amendment include the …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The Indonesian Constitutional Court on Tuesday found that a 2013 law requiring people who adopted indigenous native faiths to not disclose that religion on their ID cards was discriminatory and unconstitutional. The Indonesian government only recognizes six official religions and anyone who fails to identify with one of the religions is often denied equal access …

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by Lindsay Offutt

The Instanbul 14th High Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld Enis Berberoğlu's 25-year prison sentence, finding the appeals court did not have grounds to order a retrial. Berberoğlu, deputy of the main opposition party, Republican People's Party (CHP), was convicted of military espionage in June after he allegedly reported video of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT) transporting weapons to …

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by Jennifer Suder

Syria announced on Tuesday during UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, that the nation is poised to send its ratification of the Paris Climate Accord to the UN. The Syria People's Assembly voted to approve ratification of the agreement last month. Syria, a nation engrossed in a civil war since 2011, was not present …

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