UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed concern over the recent violence along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel that has left multiple Palestinian civilians dead. Speaking to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Zeid noted that the past two [...]

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US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, effective July 31. In a letter to President Donald Trump, Kennedy wrote: For a member of the legal profession it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court. Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Trump v. Hawaii that President Donald Trump’s proclamation restricting entry from particular Muslim-majority countries was within in his authority. The court also found that plaintiffs challenging the proclamation were unlikely to succeed on their claim that the ban violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Chief [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday in Carpenter v. United States that police must generally obtain a warrant in order to obtain cell phone location data. This case arose from petitioner Timothy Carpenter’s conviction for armed robbery, for which he was sentenced to 116 days in prison. At trial, the prosecution offered evidence of [...]

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The US Supreme Court handed a narrow victory Monday to a Colorado baker who had refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple citing his religious beliefs. The court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission that the commission violated the First Amendment’s free exercise clause in assessing the cakeshop [...]

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The US Supreme Court on Monday vacated and remanded the Washington State Supreme Court ruling for the Lundgren family in Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Lundgren . The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe had purchased a 40-acre plot of land. After a survey of the land, they believed that an acre of their property was fenced [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday in McCoy v. Louisiana that a defense lawyer cannot admit a client’s guilt over the client’s objection, even when the lawyer believes this is the client’s best chance of avoiding the death penalty. The case arose after Robert McCoy’s defense counsel conceded guilt, despite McCoy’s express objection, because [...]

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