South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster Monday signed a bill banning transgender athletes from playing sports as the gender they identify as. South Carolina joins a number of other states which have signed similar laws into effect. The bill, entitled the Save Women’s Sports Act, requires transgender students to compete with the gender listed on their [...]

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A Russian soldier Wednesday pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed 62-year-old Ukrainian man. The plea came during proceedings in the Solomianskyi District Court of Kyiv. During the Battle of Sumy, in Ukraine’s east, Vadim Shishimarim shot and killed the man, who was riding a bicycle, “a few meters from home” in the town of Chupakhovka. [...]

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul Wednesday announced the New York State Division of Human Rights filed a discrimination complaint against Amazon. The complaint alleges Amazon discriminated against both “pregnant workers and workers with disabilities by denying them reasonable accommodations.” Additionally, the complaint “alleges that Amazon has policies that force pregnant workers and workers with disabilities to [...]

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison Wednesday announced former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for his role in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Attorney General Keith Ellison issued the following statement: Today my thoughts are once again with the victims, George Floyd and his family. Nothing will [...]

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Taliban authorities in Afghanistan announced Monday that the country’s Human Rights Commission will be dissolved, calling it “unnecessary.” The commission was backed by the US government and sought to ensure that human rights were protected in Afghanistan. Along with the Commission, four other departments were dissolved. The Taliban faces a $500 million budget deficit, and [...]

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Law students and young lawyers in Ukraine are filing for JURIST on developments and issues arising as the country defends itself against Russian invasion. This report is from JURIST Ukraine Chief Correspondent Anna Tymoshenko, a law student at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. The trial of the first Russian military serviceman accused of murdering a Ukrainian civilian resumed [...]

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California Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis Friday entered a verdict to enjoin California’s Senate Bill 826 (SB 826) after finding that the law violated Article I, Section 7 of the California Constitution. The law, enacted in October, 2018, requires publicly held corporations in California to have one or more female directors for boards with four or [...]

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The US Department of Justice Monday charged 55-year-old Venezuelan cardiologist Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez with attempted computer intrusions and conspiracy to commit computer intrusions. According to authorities, Zagala taught himself programming and designed ransomware tools. Ransomware is “malicious software that cybercriminals use to extort money from companies, nonprofits and other institutions, by encrypting those files and [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Monday held that the District Court for the Northern District of California’s COVID-19 protocols violated defendant James David Allen II’s Sixth Amendment right to a public trial. In 2020, the district court prohibited the public from attending Allen’s suppression hearing and trial “and rejected his request [...]

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The Ghent Court of Appeal Monday refused to extradite Spanish rapper José Miguel Arenas Beltrán to Spain. Arenas, known by his stage name Valtònyc, was due to serve a three-and-a-half year prison sentence for insulting the Spanish Royal Family and praising the Basque terrorist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), but he fled to Belgium before starting [...]

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