A panel for the Brazil Superior Court of Justice on Tuesday unanimously ruled to reduce former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s 12-year prison sentence to approximately nine years In deciding to reduce his sentence, the panel ruled that his sentence was excessively increased. Lula was convicted of bribery with a construction company in exchange [...]

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The US government on Tuesday charged Rochester Drug Co-Operative (RDC), one of the largest pharma distribution companies in the US, and its former CEO Laurence Doud III and former Chief of Compliance Officer William Pietruszewski with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances oxycodone and fentanyl for non-medical reasons, conspiracy to defraud the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), [...]

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Counsel for the Obama administration Gregory Craig was indicted on Thursday for making false statements to and concealing work-related information he performed for the Ukraine government in 2012 from the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ alleges that Craig lied and withheld information in order to avoid registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act [...]

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The US House of Representatives approved a nonbinding resolution Thursday by a vote of 238-185 to block the Trump administration’s restrictions on transgender individuals serving in the military. The non-binding resolution seeks to block the Pentagon from implementing Trump’s policy to bar most transgender individuals from serving in the military. According to Congressman Joseph Kennedy [...]

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The 3rd District of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Wednesday stayed a lower court ruling, which held that laws passed and appointments made during the December lame-duck session were unconstitutional, thereby reinstating the some of the laws. The court, in granting the stay, found that plaintiffs’ likelihood of success on appeal and irreparable injury that [...]

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Former Brazil President Michel Temer was arrested on Thursday after Federal Police executed several warrants arising from an investigation, deemed “Operations Radioactivity,” in the management of a nuclear plant in Rio. Brazilian prosecutors allege that Temer acted as the leader in a criminal organization, accepting approximately 1.8 billion in bribes and ongoing kickbacks, and committing [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Friday vetoed legislation attempting to block his declaration of a national emergency regarding US-Mexico border wall spending. The US Senate voted 59-41 this week to reject Trump’s declaration of a national emergency, exercised under the National Emergencies Act, to appropriate an additional $3.6 billion in funding to build a wall [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Maryland on Thursday lifted a nationwide preliminary injunction on the Trump administration policy banning most transgender individuals from serving in the military. Judge George Russell removed the preliminary injunction, stating that he is “bound by the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the preliminary injunctions [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a Louisiana abortion law that requires admitting privileges for doctors performing abortions. The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, Act 620, requires any physician providing abortion services in Louisiana to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the procedure. Passed in 2014, Act 620 contains the [...]

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