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Legal news from Friday, February 9, 2018
by Austin Koltonowski

Dozens of attorneys with the Legal Aid Society and Bronx Defenders on Thursday held a protest outside of the Bronx Criminal Court after one of their clients were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents outside of the state courthouse. The defendant, Aboubacar Dembele, 27, had showed up at the Bronx Criminal Court House for a …

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by Elizabeth Lowman

The Supreme Court of Ireland formally ruled in a unanimous decision on Friday that the complete employment ban on asylum seekers was unconstitutional. Chief Justice Frank Clark said the ban is no longer a part of the law. The legislature has four months to create a work permit for asylum seekers. …

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by Erik Slobe

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a lawsuit in the Washington County Common Pleas Court against DuPont alleging that the company intentionally released perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) into the Ohio River. The discharges are accused of occurring from the company's Washington Works facility near Parkersburg, West Virginia. Exposure to PFOA has been linked …

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by Erik Slobe

UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein urged the government of Papua New Guinea on Friday to provide greater enforcement of their laws and to combat corruption. The high commissioner stated that Papua New Guinea has "exemplary laws and policies in place to protect human rights, but they are reportedly often not enforced." Human …

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by Tate Brown

The governor of Bermuda on Wednesday signed a bill into law that repeals same-sex marriage, reversing a Supreme Court ruling. The Domestic Partnership Act gives domestic partners rights that are similar to married couples, but not the legal title. The governor said that "he Act is intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable …

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by Raven Moore

Bangladesh's Fifth Special Judge's Court of Dhaka found former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia guilty of corruption and sentenced her to five years in prison on Thursday. She was convicted of embezzling close to USD $250,000 in donations for a trust that was established for orphanages during her 2001-2006 term. The court gave Zia's son, Tarique Rahman, …

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by Ram Eachambadi

A court in Amsterdam on Thursday referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) the question of whether British nationals lose their EU citizenship after UK's departure from the EU becomes official in March 2019, and if not, under what conditions these individuals will retain their EU citizenship. The plaintiffs in the case are five British …

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