Samoan chief Joseph Matamata has become the first person to be convicted on charges of both human trafficking and slavery in New Zealand. Matamata faced ten counts of trafficking and 13 counts of slavery in a five-week trial before the High Court in Napier. The charges stem from activities between 1994-2019 when Matamata systematically enslaved [...]

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The highest court of Bahrain has reaffirmed a lower court decision to execute two protesters despite evidence that suggests that their confessions were unlawfully extracted. Hussain Moosa and Mohammed Ramadan, members of Bahrain’s Shiite majority, were sentenced to death in 2014 for planting a bomb that killed one police officer and injured several others during [...]

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Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill on Monday banning the so-called “panic defense” in court, meaning that defendants can no longer blame victims’ sexual orientation or gender identity for their violent actions. Colorado will become the eleventh US state to ban the defense, following states such as Rhode Island, New Jersey, California and New [...]

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The Supreme Court announced its opinion in the case of Our Lady of Guadalupe School v Morrissey-Berru on Wednesday. The Court ruled in favor of the Catholic schools, shielding them from employment discrimination suits under the First Amendment’s “ministerial exception.” The lawsuit concerned two women who filed for employment discrimination from two Californian Catholic schools [...]

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The Louisville, Kentucky, police officer who killed Breonna Taylor was fired Tuesday. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot eight times and killed after police mistakenly entered her home. Officer Brett Hankison, responsible for firing 10 rounds, was placed on administrative leave following the incident along with two other officers. In a termination letter [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Wednesday ordered a federal judge to dismiss the case against former Trump advisor Michael Flynn. The appeals court’s ruling supports the decision by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to abandon the case. Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Donald Trump, pleaded [...]

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The Missouri Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld upheld a $2.1 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson, finding the company knew there was asbestos in their baby powder. The plaintiff, a woman with ovarian cancer, blamed the asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based products for her illness. She is one of thousands to file lawsuits [...]

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s justice ministry opened a murder investigation on Tuesday for the judge overseeing the corruption trial for President Tshisekedi’s Chief of Staff. Judge Raphael Yanyi died on May 26, which police initially said was caused by a heart attack. However, the autopsy revealed that Yanyi died by multiple stab wounds [...]

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