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The Wisconsin State Legislature approved a series of bills early Wednesday curtailing the power of the governor and executive branch after an all-night session. The legislature passed a bill redefining the organization of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, an agency created in 2011 under outgoing governor Scott Walker to replace the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Lorenzo v. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which will decide whether false statements alone can violate SEC regulations. Francis Lorenzo brought this case against the SEC after the SEC charged him with violating 17 CFR § 240.10b-5 and subsequently fined him $15,000 and banned him from [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Dawson v. Steager, which questions how the West Virginia tax code will affect federal employees. James Dawson retired from the US Marshal Service in 2008 and filed under West Virginia code 11-21-12(c)(6) to have his retirement income exempted from taxes as a former law enforcement officer [...]

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The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday stressed the need for greater information and accountability to be provided to the families of missing persons and detainees. The report begins by noting that the Syrian government is still carrying out mass public arrests and detentions. These detentions have led [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Tyson Timbs v. Indiana, a case that centers on the incorporation of the excessive fines clause to the states. Under the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed.” The Timbs case focuses on whether the excessive [...]

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The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) approved a settlement Tuesday between the government of Honduras and the family members of Escaleras Mejia, a famed Honduran environmentalist. Two men murdered Escaleras Mejia on October 18, 1997, in a politically motivated assassination to prevent him from being elected mayor of the Tocoa Municipality in the elections [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed Monday the district court judgement that Barclays is not liable to investors who bought in shortly before the 2008 financial collapse. A series of investors brought the case against Barclays as a class action suit in 2017 alleging that Barclays had a duty to disclose [...]

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a memo Wednesday defending the constitutional basis for the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General. The memo was written by Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel of the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel. The Office of Legal Counsel serves as the principle legal interpretation body within the DOJ. [...]

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