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The Hong Kong Court of First Instance ruled Friday against a lesbian woman who sought constitutional protections for same-sex marriage. The plaintiff, identified in the case as MK, a Hong Kong permanent resident, brought this case in hopes of having Hong Kong grant recognition of same-sex marriage under the island’s constitution, or, in the alternative, [...]

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The US Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday about his role in the ongoing controversy surrounding President Donald Trump’s July phone-call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In his opening remarks, Sondland highlighted the significance [...]

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and leaders of the European Union reached a tentative agreement on Thursday for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU. The final agreement is similar to the deal that Johnson proposed earlier in October. While the deal is substantially similar for England, Scotland, and Wales as former Prime [...]

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ordered an en banc rehearing of DC and Maryland v. Trump. The same court in July reversed and remanded a district court’s discovery instructions for potential Emoluments Clause violations. The violations at issue concern profits related to foreign government officials from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and [...]

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The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, aimed at protecting the civil rights of Hong Kong residents. The bill would end Hong Kong’s special trading status with the US unless the State Department conducted an annual review ensuring that the authorities were respecting human rights and [...]

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The UK Supreme Court held on Wednesday that Warrington District Court Judge Claire Gilham is a “worker” entitled to whistleblower protections under Part IVA of the Employment Rights Act, allowing her case to move forward in the Employment Tribunal. The issue stems from austerity measures implemented over the course of several years, which resulted in the [...]

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday denied a request by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner that a judge be recused from hearing all criminal cases because the judge’s girlfriend had filed a racial discrimination complaint against the DA’s office. Krasner argued that Common Pleas Judge Scott DiClaudio has a conflict of interest because of the [...]

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The Alabama Department of Corrections publicly released its death penalty protocol Wednesday following an order from a federal judge. The 17-page document describes the procedures involved with the death penalty, along with information about post-execution responsibilities. The document also describes the materials used for the implementation of the lethal injection procedure, which include the chemicals [...]

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