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Four criminal defendants in Oregon Monday filed a lawsuit against the state for violating their rights to counsel and a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendment. The plaintiff’s allege that an underfunded and failing public defender system has left them without counsel for months. Jason D. Williamson, the executive director of the Center on Race, [...]

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The National Assembly of People’s Power, Cuba’s Parliament, Sunday approved a new penal code as part of judicial reforms initiated after the approval of a new constitution in April, 2019. President Miguel Diaz-Canel and former President Raul Castro, who governed from 2008 to 2018, attended the session.  The new penal code reinforces sanctions for acts [...]

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The Orange County (OC) Sheriff’s Department Monday released a statement regarding a shooting at a Laguna Woods church last Saturday. Investigators announced the arrest of 68-year-old David Chou, of Las Vegas, Nevada, on suspicion of murder and attempted murder after he allegedly entered Geneva Presbyterian Church “and fired multiple rounds, striking six victims.” Members of [...]

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Peloton Interactive, Inc. (Peloton) and NordicTrack maker iFIT, Inc. (iFIT) Monday released a joint statement regarding “the settlement of all pending litigation” between the two companies. As a resolution, “iFIT has agreed to remove certain on-demand leaderboard technology from its products, and Peloton has agreed to license certain iFIT patents relating to remote control technology.” This series [...]

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Liz Throssell, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Tuesday called on Iranian authorities to halt the execution of Ahmedreza Djalali and revoke his death sentence. Djalali, a Swedish-Iranian doctor and academic, is scheduled to be executed by May 21, 2022. Though they are still considering Djalali’s request to postpone the execution, Iranian [...]

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Chile’s Constitutional Convention Monday finalized the draft of a new constitution, following 10 months of negotiations. Chilean citizens overwhelmingly voted in October 2020 to draft the new constitution replacing the guiding principles put in place in 1980 under General Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship.  The draft has been heralded for its progressive nature, with it requiring free higher [...]

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Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova Monday announced the seizure of Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman’s assets worth 12.4 billion hryvnia (approximately 420 million USD). The Prosecutor General’s investigation found that “hese were in the accounts of bank… which is one of the ten largest financial institutions and included in the systemically important banks of Ukraine. Its [...]

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A lawsuit filed Monday in the New York Supreme Court seeks the immediate invalidation of New York State Assembly voting district lines. The petitioners in the complaint are New York gubernatorial candidate Paul Nichols, former New York State Senate Candidate Gary Greenberg, and the President of New York Young Republican Club Gavin Wax. On April [...]

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Guinea-Bissau’s president, Umaro Sissoco Embalo, Monday dissolved the country’s parliament, the National Popular Assembly. In a video Embalo released after the decision, he accused the Assembly of covering up members’ corruption as well as embezzling government funds. He also cited “persistent and insurmountable differences” between the executive branch and parliament, stymying progress in the country. [...]

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US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf Monday announced the agency will investigate the delay in dispatching investigators to the Abbott Nutrition infant formula plant in Michigan. This as Abbott Monday announced a plan to restart the Michigan plant in two weeks, in accordance with an FDA consent decree. The FDA and the [...]

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