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Legal news from Friday, November 10, 2017
by William Theisen

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a per curiam order Thursday vacating a decision by the Commonwealth Court to stay a hearing in a gerrymandering case, League of Women Voters v. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The outcome of the case is virtually guaranteed to have a substantial impact on the results of the upcoming 2018 …

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by Erik Slobe

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that it has begun distributing compensation to victims of Bernie L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC's (BLMIS) Ponzi scheme. The first set of distributions involve $722.5 million that will be distributed to 24,631 victims. The distribution is the largest distribution of forfeited funds in the DOJ's history. The funds …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The legal world is a busy place. Here are a few stories we didn't get to this week that we thought you might be interested in. The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit agreed Monday to an en banc review of the most recent version of the Trump administration's travel ban. Oral arguments are scheduled …

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by Jonathon Churchin

A federal judge, on Thursday signed a settlement agreement ending a land dispute between private citizens and Texas officials against the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over territory on the Red River. The landowners and state officials sued the BLM over the agency's plan to redraw boundary lines along 116 miles of the Red River. They …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Philippines Office of the Ombudsman (OTO) has anti-graft and corruption charges Tuesday against former Philippines president Benigno Aquino III in connection to the Mamasapano battle, which left 44 elite cops dead following a firefight with Islamic rebel groups. Earlier this year, the OTO dropped the homicide charges brought …

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by Raven Moore

The US State Department announced Wednesday that it will end the Central American Minors (CAM) refugee program, an Obama-era immigration initiative that sought to resettle "children and eligible family members who are nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras." CAM was established as a response to the thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central American countries in …

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by David Zwier

Texas officials on Wednesday executed Rubén Cárdenas Ramírez, a Mexican national who was convicted in 1998 for the kidnap, rape and murder of his 16-year-old cousin, despite international pressure. The US Supreme Court had denied a writ of certiorari as well as an appeal to stay the execution on Wednesday. Mexican President Enrique Peña …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

Saudi authorities have detained more than 200 individuals in connection with an investigation into corruption that has cost more than USD $100 billion over the past several decades, Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb said Thursday. Of these 208 individuals called in for questioning, seven have been released without charge. The governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Following an Associated Press (AP) article published Wednesday, Sri Lanka wrote Thursday in a letter to the New York Times that it will investigate allegations of torture and rape of 50 Tamil individuals by police offices and military officials. The AP report contains interviews and photographs with 20 Tamil men who claim they were raped, tortured and …

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