The US Department of Justice (DOJ) stated support Thursday for a Kentucky wedding photographer who filed suit over an ordinance that bans local businesses from discriminating against gay customers. This case involves the competing interests of an individual’s right to free speech and the government’s interest in combating discrimination in commercial transactions. Louisville-Jefferson County Metro [...]

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Tuesday announced a settlement agreement between state attorneys general, local subdivisions, and Mallinckrodt (MNK), its subsidiaries, and certain other affiliates. MNK, the largest generic opioid manufacturer in the US, agreed to pay $1.6 billion to a trust that will cover opioid addiction treatment costs. The manufacturer also agreed to additional [...]

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Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that individuals have a right to a self-determined death. This ruling overturns a previous ban on professionally-assisted suicide. Section 217 of the German Criminal Code previously provided punishments of up to three years of imprisonment or a fine to anyone who, with the intention to help another individual [...]

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Human rights organization Amnesty International sent an open letter to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday, requesting a meeting to discuss solutions to the country’s current human rights crisis. For more than 40 years, Amnesty has reported on human rights violations in Mexico. Since the inauguration of the current president, there have been [...]

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Florida lawmakers on Thursday passed a bill that would require minors to receive parental consent before they obtain abortions. This bill would prohibit physicians from performing abortions for a minor without the written consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian. In the case of abortions that arise in emergencies, the physician is required to [...]

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Mexico’s lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, on Tuesday approved a proposal to amend the Federal Criminal Code and increase punishments for the crimes of femicide and sexual abuse of minors. The Chamber of Deputies proposal would increase the maximum prison sentence for femicide from 60 years to 65 years, and it would [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that Florida cannot bar felons from registering to vote for failing to pay all fines and fees associated with their cases. In 2018 Florida voters approved Amendment 4, which would automatically restore voting rights to ex-felons who had completed all the terms of their [...]

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Iowa Senate Republicans passed a resolution on Thursday that, if passed into law, would make state court challenges to abortion restrictions much more difficult. The stated purpose of the resolution is “to protect life by declaring that the Constitution of the State of Iowa shall not be construed to recognize, grant, or secure a right [...]

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India’s Supreme Court ordered political parties on Thursday to publish the names of any candidates who have criminal records, along with the reasoning for why they were chosen. The court is aiming to fix the increasing criminalization of politics in India and the lack of information about such criminalization among the people. In order to [...]

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