The Ohio House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday to eliminate a person’s duty to retreat before using force in self-defense. Currently, the Ohio Revised Code recognizes a duty to retreat unless a person is in his/her house or vehicle (an exception known as “the castle doctrine”). The new House bill would broaden this exception [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the repeated arrests of Russian lawyer and political activist Alexei Navalny were politically motivated and a violation of his rights. Navalny stated that he is happy with the outcome but expects Russia to ignore the ruling. Navalny is a political activist, anti-corruption advocate and blogger. The [...]

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Rosmah Mansour, wife of ousted Malaysian prime Minister Najib Razak, was formally charged Wednesday, along with three others, on two counts of corruption at the Kuala Lampur Sessions Court. Early last month Mansour pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of corruption and money laundering. Her husband was charged with similar crimes in July. These charges [...]

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The Supreme Court of Kentucky on Thursday upheld the state’s recently passed “right-to-work” law. The 2017 Kentucky Right to Work Act made it illegal for labor unions to require membership in the union as a condition to working at a job and prohibited unions from requiring dues payments from non-union employees. Similar right-to-work laws had [...]

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that a UK backup power scheme was illegal. The scheme involved “remunerating electricity capacity providers in exchange for their commitment to provide electricity or reduce or delay their electricity consumption during times of system stress.” In its ruling, the ECJ found that the power scheme constituted illegal [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday ruled against junior shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who challenged the Treasury Department’s right to all profits in perpetuity after bailing the institutions out during the 2008 financial crisis. The case dates back to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, which, [...]

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement on Thursday outlining a policy framework aimed at curbing sources of youth nicotine addiction. Planned policies include limiting the sale of flavored e-cigarettes to in-person, age-restricted locations such as tobacco shops. The FDA also intends to ban combustible menthol cigarettes, and to ban future introduction of [...]

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Amnesty International on Tuesday condemned the execution of two financial criminals in Iran, calling it an “unfair TV show trial.” “Use of the death penalty is appalling under any circumstances,” said Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther. “ut it is even more horrific given that these men were convicted [...]

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US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his support for the FIRST STEP Act, which aims at reforming the prison system to better rehabilitate individuals upon re-entering society. The Act “uses a targeted approach toward a specific population of Federal prisoners who will eventually be released,” and aims to “promote prisoner participation in vocational training, [...]

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The Supreme Court of New Jersey on Tuesday struck down the admissibility of breathalyzer tests used for nearly 20,667 drunk driving convictions due to a former officer’s misconduct in calibrating the devices. New Jersey State Police’s Alcohol Drug Testing Unit coordinator Marc Dennis was indicted in 2016 for failing to properly calibrate the Alcotest breathalyzers used to charge [...]

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