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Legal news from Wednesday, February 7, 2018
by Andrew Morgan

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday explained that traditional district-drawing criteria mandated the court's decision last month to strike down the state's 2011 electoral map. While the court delivered its order finding that the electoral plan violated the Pennsylvania Constitution on January 22, it did not provide a majority opinion until …

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by Akira Tomlinson

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday signed into law an anti-defamation bill that prohibits blaming Poland for assisting in Holocaust crimes. The Act on the Institute of National Remembrance - Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation imposes up to three years in prison for associating Holocaust crimes to Poland. The bill …

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by Erin McCarthy Holliday

The House passed two measures in sexual misconduct procedure and rules Tuesday in a unanimous roll call, including a bill that addresses changes to how complaints are addressed on Capitol Hill, and a resolution that changes House rules specifically. The first measure is a bill amending the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, which still …

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by Christopher Hsu

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Wednesday criticized Indonesia's increasing public attitude of religious intolerance and urged the government to address it. Zeid also criticized the country's blasphemy laws as "ill-defined" and described them as a weapon to oppress minority religious groups. In the country's current political climate, the High Commissioner noted …

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by Christopher Anderson

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed an order to redraw certain North Carolina congressional districts. The US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina invalidated several districts in the state last fall. The districts in question had already been redrawn following a previous order from the same court. This time, the court held that …

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by Kenneth Hall

Three justices of the Maldives Supreme Court on Tuesday annulled a controversial ruling the court had issued last Thursday that required the government to immediately release a number of political prisoners. The reversal came a few hours after government forces arrested the two other justices of the Supreme Court, including the chief justice, …

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by Tate Brown

Three transgender individuals on Tuesday sued Alabama over its driver's license policy requiring transgender people to show proof of sex reassignment surgery in order to change the gender indicator their on driver's licenses. The plaintiffs claim that this policy is discriminatory because it both denies transgender people access to identification and forces them to release medical information in order …

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by David Zwier

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Tuesday sued Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyCotin, alleging its practices have fueled the opioid epidemic. Alabama's complaint asserts that Purdue "violated Alabama's Deceptive Trade Practices Act in the marketing and sale of opioid drugs and, in so doing, jeopardized the public health, welfare, and safety of …

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