A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois  ruled  Thursday that the court will not stop the extradition of former Lithuanian judge Neringa Venckiene. The charges stem from Venckiene’s allegations  that powerful Lithuanian officials were involved in a pedophile ring. The charges against her include stalking, disobeying a court order and assaulting a police [...]

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US President Donald Trump  signed an executive order  on Tuesday that changes the hiring process for administrative law judges (ALJs).  The order allows agencies to appoint ALJs and exempts the candidates from the “competitive examination and competitive service selection procedures.” Previously ALJs were hired  from a general list of qualified candidates. Trump cited a recent Supreme Court decision , [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee  on Wednesday called for  for the Human Rights Council (HRC) to support an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC)  into alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya community. “I strongly recommend the persons allegedly responsible for the violations of international human rights law and [...]

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A three-judge federal panel ruled 2-1 on Tuesday that the Virginia General Assembly violated the Equal Protection Clause by engaging in racial gerrymandering. The plaintiffs alleged that the General Assembly “predominantly relied on race” when drawing up 12 majority African-American voting districts for the 2011 election. The US Supreme Court previously upheld the voting plan [...]

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International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda delivered a statement to the UN Security Council on Wednesday criticizing the UN for not taking action against states that did not turn suspects in to the ICC. The Security Council referred the alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Darfur, Sudan by the military [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Thursday that employee stock options given to railroad workers were not taxable under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act of 1937 because employee stock options are not money. Under the act, only “compensation” was taxed, in order to exclude the food and lodging that railroads typically provided employees in [...]

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The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the news service had uncovered regular instances of rape and other forms of sexual violence against Yemeni detainees by prison officials in secret prisons controlled by the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The abuse has been reported in at least five prisons. The UAE has arrested “hundreds” of Yemeni [...]

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The Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the state of Virginia over the state’s abortion laws, which the plaintiffs deem “burdensome and medically unnecessary.” The lawsuit, brought on behalf of multiple health care organizations, took issue with five Virginia laws regarding [...]

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