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The Ontario Court of Justice acquitted Canadian police constable Daniel Montsion Tuesday of all charges, including manslaughter and assault, in the death of a mentally ill Black man who was arrested in Ottawa in 2016. Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali-Canadian man, led police on a foot chase that culminated in his arrest. The police had Abdi on [...]

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Burundi’s top court sentenced former president Pierre Buyoya to life in prison on Tuesday for the 1993 murder of Melchior Ndadaye, the man who had defeated Buyoya in the presidential elections to become the central African country’s first freely elected president. The killing of Ndadaye, which occurred four months after he had won election, triggered [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the cases of Torres v. Madrid and Pereida v. Barr. The court heard the arguments by telephone with live-streamed audio. The petitioner in Torres was operating a vehicle under the influence, and in the process of trying to get away, endangered the two officers pursuing her. In the process, [...]

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Bangladesh’s Cabinet on Monday approved instating the death penalty as the maximum punishment for those convicted of rape and sexual assault. Previously, a life sentence served as the maximum punishment a convicted person could receive. In an effort to stand against the “government’s failure to provide security for women and the surge of rapes,” Bangladeshi [...]

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The Supreme Court of Canada agreed on Wednesday to hear an appeal concerning the rights of Native Americans with US citizenship north of the border. Richard Desautel, the plaintiff in this case, is a US citizen and member of the Lakes tribe of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington state. Desautel was charged with hunting [...]

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Judge Gregory Woods of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York struck down a narrowing of the standard of “joint employer” by the Department of Labor (DOL) this Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed by the attorneys general of 17 states and Washington, DC, who argued that the narrowing of the standard [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill Friday exempting two dozen professions from last year’s historic rewrite of California employment law that limited use of independent contractors. The amendments to last year’s bill, effective immediately, include exemptions for artists, promoters and distributers of sound recordings, and cosmetologists. These exemptions fall into the state’s ongoing effort [...]

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