The European Court of Justice on Friday ordered Poland to immediately suspend its lowering of the mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court judges.  While a former hearing with the Court of Justice is already scheduled, the court demands that the suspension go into effect that the judges continue on in their positions during the interim. In April Poland lowered [...]

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The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Friday in a case that will determine whether private operators of public access channels qualify as state actors for First Amendment purposes. In Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) suspended producer Jesus Melendez from a leadership program for allegedly harassing an employee. In response, Melendez and [...]

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Romania’s referendum Sunday to change the constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman failed due to lack of voter participation.  The national election bureau reported that only 20.4 percent of Romanian citizens voted in the referendum, which required a 30 percent voter turnout. The Coalition for the Family, a conservative lobbying group, petitioned the Romanian government [...]

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A judge on Peru’s highest court overturned a pardon of Peru’s former president, Alberto Fujimori on Wednesday. Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2009 for approving a civilian massacre during his presidency. Former president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski pardoned Fujimori in 2017 due to Fujimori’s heart condition. However, human rights experts denounced the pardon, claiming that it was politically motivated and that Fujimori [...]

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Tokyo passed a law on Friday that prohibits “the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, citizens, and enterprises” from “unduly discriminat on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.” The law was passed in light of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. After Russia passed anti-LGBT legislation before hosting the Olympics in 2014, the International Olympic Committee added a [...]

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The US Supreme Court  heard oral arguments in two cases on Monday, marking the beginning of its 2018 term. At issue in Weyerhaeuser Company v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service  is whether the Endangered Species Act  forbids an agency to designate private property as an “unoccupied critical habitat” if the land is not essential to species conservation. There is [...]

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The Senate Judiciary Committee  voted  11-10 Friday to advance Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh  for a full vote on the Senate floor.  The vote was along party lines, with the 11 committee Republicans voting in favor of Kavanaugh’s advancement and the 10 committee Democrats voting against his advancement. However, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ)  said that he would only vote [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a statement  on Wednesday calling for the US Senate to halt its confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh  to the US Supreme Court after a third accuser came forward, alleging Kavanaugh was present when she was sexually assaulted in 1982. “With so much uncertainty about these allegations, the Senate should not be scheduling even [...]

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The Senate Judiciary Committee  announced  on Monday that it will postpone the vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh , and allow Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of attempted sexual assault, to speak at a public hearing next Monday.  Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley  said that the Committee will give “these recent allegations [...]

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The number of migrant children in federal detention centers has increased from 2,400 children in May 2017 to 12,800 children in September, according to data  from the Department of Health and Human Services  that Congress released to the New York Times. According to the data, the increase in detained children is due to fewer children being released to [...]

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