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The New York state legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that would automatically restore the voting rights of convicted felons once they are released on parole. The New York Senate voted 43 to 20 to pass the bill, S830B, which amends the state’s criminal code by striking provisions that revoke voting rights of convicted felons [...]

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The Florida House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a Consumer Protection Bill that would require transparency from companies regarding their data collection and use practices. The bill, which passed with bipartisan support in the Houses, would require businesses that collect a consumer’s personal data to “disclose certain information regarding data collection and selling practices [...]

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The United States House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill to establish Washington DC as the the nation’s fifty-first state in a 216 to 218 vote. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia and its 700,000 residents, introduced HR 51 in January. As the District of Columbia’s representative, Norton can serve [...]

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Amnesty International on Wednesday reported a global decline in state executions in 2020 due to the pandemic. The report details a global review of death penalty rates from January 2020 through December 2020, which fell by 26% as compared to 2019. Despite the trend, many countries — including Egypt and the United States — significantly [...]

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Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ)  will open an investigation into the Minnesota Police Department (MPD) to determine whether there is a “pattern or practice” of excessive force and discriminatory, unconstitutional policing. The probe comes a day after MPD officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the murder of [...]

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The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in Jones v. Mississippi that when sentencing juvenile defendants to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole, judges need not make a separate factual finding concerning the defendant’s youth. The challenge came from Brett Jones, who was convicted in 2004 of killing his grandfather at age 15. Jones argued [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – As a second wave of COVID-19 rages across India, with more than a million new infections officially reported in the past few days, JURIST staff correspondent Neelabh Bist files his first letter from Delhi reflecting on the profound constitutional challenge the surge of disease represents for India’s courts in their relationship to [...]

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JURIST EXCLUSIVE – Many in Myanmar and abroad were shaken Thursday by an interview conducted by US-funded Radio Free Asia that described conditions for detainees held at the Shwe Yamin Htet interrogation center in Yangon in the third month of the country’s military coup. A 17-year old detainee released by authorities Tuesday described grotesque violence [...]

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The Seoul Central District Court on Wednesday dismissed a suit for compensation brought by South Korean women forced to work in “comfort stations”—brothels operated by the Japanese military before and during World War II—and families of the deceased victims. The 20 plaintiffs filed the suit in 2016 and sought about USD 2.7 million from the [...]

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