The US Supreme Court added two new cases to its docket on Friday, including an issue surrounding discovery in a challenge to the 2020 census citizenship question. In the first case, In re Department of Commerce, the court will decide whether the Administrative Procedure Act allows a district court to gather evidence outside of the administrative record to determine an agent’s [...]

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The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a Cambodian court that receives aid through the UN, convicted Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan of genocide, crimes against humanity, and other violations of the Geneva Convention on Friday.  The crimes were committed during Cambodia’s Democratic Kampuchea period from April 1975 to January 1979. The court referred to Nuon, the former Deputy [...]

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A controversial abortion bill known as the “heartbeat bill” passed through the Ohio House of Representatives Thursday with a vote of 58-35. The bill seeks to prohibit any abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks, before many know they are pregnant. It provides no exceptions for [...]

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The Supreme Court of Florida ruled on Thursday that a Facebook friendship between a trial judge and an attorney appearing before him or her is not sufficient grounds for the judge to be disqualified from presiding over the matter. The Florida Code of Judicial Conduct requires a judge to “avoid impropriety or the appearance of [...]

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The US Justice Department has secretly filed criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The charges were revealed on Thursday in an unrelated court document in which prosecutors mentioned the charges against Assange. The document was an unrelated request for a sealing of charges for sex crimes against someone named Seitu Sulaymen Kokayi. There are [...]

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Mexico’s highest court ruled on Thursday that the country’s recently enacted military policing law was unconstitutional. Mexico passed the controversial Internal Security Law in December 2017, establishing a legal framework for employing the national army and navy in place of civilian police forces in order to combat increasing violence in the country. Legislators argued at [...]

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A federal judge on Thursday ruled that US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s case against a Russian firm accused of interfering with the 2016 presidential race can move forward. This ruling follows Concord Management and Consulting, LLC’s (Concord) indictment back in February. Concord was charged with conspiring to defraud the United States by funding an organization that entered [...]

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Judge Timothy Kelly of the US District Court for the District of Columbia temporarily restored journalist Jim Acosta’s White House credentials on Friday. CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against US President Donald Trump and others after the administration revoked Acosta’s credentials following an incident at a post-election press conference. Following a hearing on Wednesday, Kelly granted [...]

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The Supreme Court of Kentucky on Thursday decided that the Medical Review Panel (MRP) Act violates the Kentucky Constitution. The MRP Act was enacted in 2017 by the Kentucky Legislature under Chapter 216C of the Kentucky Revised Statutes. The Act created three-person medical review panels to evaluate proposed malpractice complaints against healthcare providers. The panels [...]

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