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Legal news from Monday, February 5, 2018
by Elizabeth Lowman

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Monday denied a request to stay a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order to redraw the 2011 congressional map. If granted, the stay would have blocked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling that the Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011 violated the state constitution. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court had ordered the Pennsylvania …

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by Austin Koltonowski

A South Korean appeals court on Monday suspended a two-and-a-half-year jail sentence for Jay Y Lee, billionaire heir of Samsung Group. In August the Seoul Central District Court, found that Lee paid former president Park Geun-hye in hopes of favors from Park. Lee was also convicted of embezzlement, hiding assets overseas, concealment …

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by Kenneth Hall

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency Monday for the next 15 days as political tensions between the president and the Supreme Court continue to escalate. The country has remained in a state of turmoil since the Supreme Court of the Maldives dismissed a "terrorism" conviction …

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by Brittney Zeller

Voters in Ecuador on Sunday voted to reinstate a two-term limit for elected officials, with 64 percent of voters in favor of referendum question 2, which would amend the constitution so that all elected officials can only be re-elected once for the same office. Referendum 2 reinstates the term limits in place until 2015 when former president …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Environmental groups filed an appeal on Monday after the Oslo District Court ruled that Norway's oil and gas exploration in the Arctic did not violate citizens' right to a clean environment. The court found earlier this month that the oil and gas exploration was permissible under Norway's anti-pollution laws and did not …

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by Akira Tomlinson

An accused computer hacker won his appeal on Monday in the UK High Court of Justice, stopping his extradition to the US. Lauri Love, a British student, was indicted on charges of hacking into US government websites in 2013, along with other unnamed co-conspirators, stealing huge amounts of data. He argued that the extradition …

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by Christopher Hsu

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Cecilia Jimenez-Damary on Friday urged Libya to intensify efforts to aid Libyans who have been displaced as a result of the country's ongoing conflict. Jimenez-Damary presented her findings in an end of mission statement. The report lacks definitive data on exactly how many internally …

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