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The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday reversed, in part, a decision barring two religious schools in Florida from conveying prayers over a loudspeaker before a state championship football game. In 2015 Cambridge Christian School and University Christian School faced off in the Division 2A State football game. The football game was [...]

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The New Zealand Parliament voted Wednesday to send the End of Life Choice Bill to a public vote. The bill itself provides certain citizens with terminal illnesses the option to receive medical assistance in order to end their lives. There are a number of requirements that one must meet in order to be eligible to [...]

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Scotland’s Court of Sessions, its highest civil court, ruled Wednesday to legalize lock-change evictions against failed asylum seekers. In this case, a failed asylum seeker tenant sued a landlord that evicted the asylum seeker by changing the locks on the rental unit without a court order. The landlord served the asylum seeker an eviction notice after [...]

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US District Judge Robert Lasnik ruled Tuesday against a decision by the Trump administration to allow blueprints of 3D-printed guns to be shared online. Lasnik found that the administration violated federal law in allowing a Texas company to publish blueprints of this kind on their organization’s website. Since 2013, the federal government has maintained that [...]

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The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in cases concerning race discrimination in contracting and bankruptcy. The first involves whether a plaintiff must show in its pleadings that the defendant’s action would not have been taken but for the alleged discrimination. And the second will decide whether an order denying a creditor’s motion to [...]

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The FBI released its annual hate crimes report for 2018 on Tuesday. The largest motivation behind 2018 hate crimes were the victim’s race, ancestry and ethnicity, which made up 59.6 percent of the crimes in 2018. However, the total tally of hate crimes decreased by 55, totaling 7,120 for 2018. The report was created using agencies [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday that Tunisia’s newly-inaugurated parliament should focus on human rights issues. HRW stated that the new parliament “should strengthen rights protections by electing its allotted quota of Constitutional Court members.” The group also urged the new parliament to update laws “to eliminate gender discrimination in inheritance” as well as strike [...]

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a court of appeals decision on Tuesday that juveniles whom the court has determined should be tried as adults in one county should thereafter be tried as adults for any other offenses in any other counties. The court reached this determination based on their interpretation of a Wisconsin statute that [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled Tuesday that the increasing searches of electronic devices at border crossing points by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) violate the Fourth Amendment guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure because the searches are not based on reasonable suspicion. District Judge Denise Casper issued [...]

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