The Michigan Supreme Court on Monday proposed adding technological competency to the list of required skills under the state’s rules of professional conduct for attorneys. Specifically, the rules of competence (Rule 1.1) and confidentiality of information (Rule 1.6) would be amended to include technological advancement in society. Attorneys would be required to engage in  continuing [...]

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A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Monday that Chelsea Manning will remain in jail on a contempt charge for her refusal to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange was arrested last week by British authorities after in asylum at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London for seven years. [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Monday that the city of Philadelphia can exclude a Catholic foster care agency form its placement program for its refusal to work with same-sex couples. In a 3-0 decision, the Third Circuit said Philadelphia-based Catholic Social Services (CSS) failed to show the freeze on the [...]

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The US Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on two cases asking whether lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees are protected by federal employment discrimination laws, as well as two additional cases pertaining to maritime vessel safety and immigration permanent resident policy. First, in Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, consolidated with Altitude Express Inc. [...]

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US President Donald Trump and his business organizations filed a lawsuit Monday to block a congressional subpoena request issued by House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings. Representative Cummings issued a memo that prepared a subpoena for Mazars, USA, Trump’s accounting firm. After Michael Cohen’s testimony, the House Oversight Committee was interested in any potential alterations [...]

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The Supreme Court of Afghanistan on Sunday approved the extension of President Ashraf Ghani’s tenure until the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for September 28. According to Article 61 of the Afghanistan’s Constitution, the legal tenure of the National Unity Government under Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah ends on May 22. Previously, presidential elections were [...]

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Immigrants’ rights advocates have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records related to migrant deaths along the southern US border. In a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Friday, advocacy groups No More Deaths and the Center for Constitutional Rights expressed particular concern about the [...]

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Two brothers of Sudan’s ousted President Omar al-Bashir were arrested Wednesday. A spokesperson for the transitional military council said the two were taken into custody as they were “symbols and leaders of the previous regime.” Sudan’s defense minister, Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf announced on state television last Thursday that Omar al-Bashir had been detained and [...]

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A Brooklyn judge on Thursday ruled against a group of parents who filed a lawsuit against a recent New York City emergency vaccination order, rejecting the parents’ arguments that the forced vaccination order was not the “least restrictive means” for controlling the outbreak, among their moral and religious objections. Judge Lawurence Knipel of the Kings [...]

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