The US Supreme Court heard two oral arguments on Tuesday: Biestek v. Berryhill and Helsinn Healthcare S.A. v. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. At issue in Biestek, a disability benefits case, was “Whether a vocational expert’s testimony can constitute substantial evidence of ‘other work,'” if the expert did not provide the data supporting this position, although requested to do [...]

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan pardoned 785 prisoners on Tuesday, including a British citizen who had been sentenced to life in prison last week.  The pardon came on the UAE’s National Day, in which the government said, “The release of prisoners, and the settlement of their debts and fines, reflects the President’s keenness [...]

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Amnesty International (AI) reported on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia is arbitrarily detaining and torturing human rights activists. According to the report, Saudi authorities have been arbitrarily detaining activists, including women, in the Dhahban Prison since May. The activists are reportedly subjected to torture, including electroshock and flogging, “leaving some unable to walk or stand properly.” AI said several activists [...]

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The US Federal Reserve fined French bank Societe Generale USD $81.3 million on Monday after the bank violated US sanctions against Cuba.  According to the Federal Reserve: The Bank lacked adequate transparency, risk management, and legal and compliance review policies and procedures to ensure that activities conducted at offices outside of the United States, primarily though the [...]

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The US Supreme Court added two new cases to its docket on Friday, including an issue surrounding discovery in a challenge to the 2020 census citizenship question. In the first case, In re Department of Commerce, the court will decide whether the Administrative Procedure Act allows a district court to gather evidence outside of the administrative record to determine an agent’s [...]

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The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, a Cambodian court that receives aid through the UN, convicted Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan of genocide, crimes against humanity, and other violations of the Geneva Convention on Friday.  The crimes were committed during Cambodia’s Democratic Kampuchea period from April 1975 to January 1979. The court referred to Nuon, the former Deputy [...]

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Voting rights groups League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause Florida filed a lawsuit on Monday seeking an injunction preventing Florida Governor Rick Scott from participating in the voting recount for the US Senate race, in which Scott is a candidate.  The plaintiffs filed the suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The governor has [...]

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Arkansas and Missouri voted on Tuesday to approve measures raising the states’ minimum wages. In Arkansas, the minimum wage will now gradually raise to $11 per hour by 2021. Arkansas currently has a minimum wage of $8.50 per hour. In Missouri, the minimum wage will now annually increase from $7.85 per hour to $12 per hour by 2023. The final wage can [...]

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The US District Court for the Eastern District of California declared California’s SB 50 to be unconstitutional on Thursday because it regulated the federal government’s right to sell federal property in violation of intergovernmental immunity.  The judge wrote that under the doctrine of intergovernmental immunity “a state law is invalid if it ‘regulates the United States directly or discriminates [...]

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