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The US Supreme Court denied certiorari in HSBC Holdings v. Irving H. Picard on Monday, a case concerning whether the liquidation trustee of Bernie Madoff’s estate can seize overseas funds. Madoff was convicted in 2009 of defrauding investors through a Ponzi scheme. Last year the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit allowed the [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday dismissed 2019 San Francisco mayoral candidate Ellen Lee Zhou’s case against media companies that removed her campaign billboards. The billboards depicted Mayor London Breed and she and her supporters identified them as “disrespectful and decisive” and called for their removal. [...]

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Oklahoma Secretary of State Michael Rogers must accept signatures collected by the Yes on 805 campaign to reform the state’s sentencing practices. Chief Justice Noma Gurich wrote the order, which references Oklahoma Constitution Article 5 Sections 3 and 4: “nitiative petitions ‘shall be filed with the Secretary of [...]

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The First Senate of the German Federal Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that Germany’s Constitution protects the privacy of internet users living outside the country. The court decided that the Federal Intelligence Service, or the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), is bound by the Constitution when surveilling foreigners’ telecommunications and that the statutory basis for their current process of [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld a ruling Monday that logs of visitors to the White House and President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida are exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The three-judge panel affirmed Judge Katherine Polk Falia’s ruling, which favored the Secret Service’s argument that visitor [...]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director and member of the White House coronavirus task force, warned senators on Tuesday that states must approach lifting COVID-19 precautions carefully or face unmanageable spikes in cases of the virus. Fauci opened his remarks during the Senate hearing by highlighting his concerns: [...]

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The Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court in Germany ruled Tuesday that the European Central Bank’s (ECB) 2015 bond-buying program partially violates the German constitution. The court granted the ECB a three-month “transitional period” to prove the proportionality of its program before the Deutsche Bundesbank (central bank of Germany) may cease its participation. The [...]

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