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The U.S. Supreme Court has emerged as a significant election issue for the first time in more than fifty years. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett has riveted the nation’s attention on the Court in a way that rarely if ever has occurred during a presidential campaign. [...]

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On December 9, 2020 argument is scheduled for Collins v. Mnuchin at the Supreme Court. The case originated in the Fifth Circuit and the Court of Appeals issued an en banc opinion on September 6, 2019. The primary questions before the Court are whether the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s structure violates the separation of powers and [...]

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On 22nd June 2020, the Indian High Court of the State of Karnataka while granting anticipatory bail to a person accused of rape, observed that it is “unbecoming of an Indian woman” to “fall asleep” after rape and that it is not the way “our women(Indian women) react” when they are “ravished”. The latter part [...]

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The US Supreme Court Monday granted petitions for writs of certiorari in three cases: Wolf v. Innovation Law Lab, Lange v. California, and Trump v. Sierra Club. The certiorari order came after the Court’s October 16 conference to vote on new petitions and discuss previous oral arguments. Two of the newly-accepted cases involve the Trump [...]

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A divided panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld Friday a requirement that abortion clinics in the state of Kentucky must obtain a transfer agreement with local hospitals in order to continue performing abortions in the state. The court concluded that the law was rationally related to a legitimate government [...]

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An extensive report released Monday by Human Rights Watch outlined numerous abuses and due process violations in North Korea’s pretrial detention system. HRW stated that its “report is based on interviews and research conducted by Human Rights Watch staff and a consultant between January 2015 and May 2020.” Among those interviewed were “22 North Koreans [...]

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A US federal judge for the District of Columbia Sunday struck down a Trump administration rule that would have ended food stamps for 700,000 Americans. The court struck down the rule after finding it arbitrary and capricious for its failure to account for the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on food stamp recipient numbers. The [...]

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Michigan announced new restrictions Friday prohibiting the open carry of firearms for election day activities. The policy prohibits the open carrying of firearms on election day in polling places, clerk offices, and absent voter counting boards. The ban extends to 100 feet from any of the election locations. The policy addresses recent concerns of officials over voter [...]

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The Standing Committee of China’s 13th National People’s Congress passed a newly revised Law on the Protection of Minors at its 22nd session on Saturday. The Law on the Protection of Minors increases the responsibility of guardians and parents towards minors. Parents or guardians of minors will now not only have to protect the life, [...]

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The Standing Committee of China’s 13th National People’s Congress passed a new biosafety law at its 22nd session Saturday after the third reading of the draft in Beijing. The Biosafety Law has ten chapters and eighty-eight articles which deal with risks in the biosafety field, national biosafety governance, and systems for minimizing biosafety threats. The [...]

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