US Supreme Court adds controversial election case to October 2022 docket

The US Supreme Court announced Thursday that it will hear a controversial election case which deals with an emerging legal theory based on the elections clause of the US Constitution. The theory claims that under the elections clause, state legislatures have unchecked power to determine election policy and implementation, and that power cannot be checked […] The post US Supreme Court adds controversial election case to October 2022 docket appeared first on JURIST - News.

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ICC issues arrest warrants against three alleged Russo-Georgian War criminals

International Criminal Court’s Pre-Trial Chamber I (ICC) Thursday issued arrest warrants for three individuals for allegedly committing war crimes during the Russia-Georgia war in 2008. Russian nationals Mikhail Mayramovich Mindzaevand Gamlet Guchmazov, along with Georgian national David Georgiyevich Sanakoev are charged with various war crimes. The charges include illegal detention, torture and inhuman treatment, hostage-taking, […] The post ICC issues arrest warrants against three alleged Russo-Georgian War criminals appeared first on JURIST - News.

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US Supreme Court holds Biden can end ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 5-4 decision that US President Joe Biden can end former President Donald Trump’s Migration Protection Protocols (MPP) policy, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. This overturns a US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling that kept the MPP policy in place. The MPP, […] The post US Supreme Court holds Biden can end ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Indonesia Parliament passes law to create more provinces in Papua amidst fears of government repression

Indonesia’s People’s Representative Council Thursday passed legislation to establish three new provinces in thePapua region. The decision came during the 26th plenary session when all the members unanimously agreed to approve three bills that established the new provinces. Presently Indonesia’s easternmost region is divided into two regions, Papua and West Papua. However, now it will […] The post Indonesia Parliament passes law to create more provinces in Papua amidst fears of government repression appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Trump-affiliated businessman sentenced to 20 months in prison for political donation offenses

The Department of Justice said Wednesday that Lev Parnas, a businessman involved in the Trump-Ukraine affair, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on multiple charges relating to soliciting donations from a foreign national. Parnas was convicted on charges of “conspiring to make political contributions by a foreign national along with solicitation and aiding and […] The post Trump-affiliated businessman sentenced to 20 months in prison for political donation offenses appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Two more charged over deaths of 53 migrants in Texas

US authorities on Wednesday charged two additional suspects over the deaths of several dozen migrants whose bodies were discovered in a semi-truck in San Antonio, Texas on Monday. These latest charges come on the heels of charges filed Tuesday against two men suspected of involvement in the incident. The San Antonio police department discovered a […] The post Two more charged over deaths of 53 migrants in Texas appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Supreme Court rules proposed EPA regulations unconstitutional

The US Supreme Court Thursday ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the authority under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to enforce proposed power plant emission limitations in West Virginia v. EPA. The majority relied on the Major Questions Doctrine, a doctrine that has never been used in a Supreme […] The post Supreme Court rules proposed EPA regulations unconstitutional appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes first Black woman to serve on US Supreme Court

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday became the first Black woman to serve on the US Supreme Court Justice. Justice Jackson took two oaths of office: the constitutional oath and the judicial oath. The constitutional oath was delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts and the judicial oath was delivered by former Justice Stephen Breyer, who […] The post Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson becomes first Black woman to serve on US Supreme Court appeared first on JURIST - News.

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European Court of Human Rights urges Russia to keep British Ukrainian soldiers alive after DPR death sentence

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday urged Russia to keep two British members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (UAF) who were sentenced to death in the largely unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) alive and to ensure that their conditions of detention are “appropriate.” The court granted urgent measures in the case after […] The post European Court of Human Rights urges Russia to keep British Ukrainian soldiers alive after DPR death sentence appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Colombia Truth Commission releases final report on six decades of conflict

Colombia’s Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition (Truth Commission) Wednesday presented its final report on the prolonged Colombia conflict, reporting that approximately 450,664 people were killed over a period of nearly six decades. The Truth Commission was constituted by a peace agreement (2016) between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces […] The post Colombia Truth Commission releases final report on six decades of conflict appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Environmental groups challenge Biden administration oil and gas reserve auctions

A coalition of ten environmental groups Wednesday sued the US Department of the Interior (DOI) and its Bureau of Land Management for resuming auctions to lease public lands with oil and gas reserves in eight western states. The environmental groups claim the auctions violate two laws and are incompatible with President Joe Biden’s climate-related promises. […] The post Environmental groups challenge Biden administration oil and gas reserve auctions appeared first on JURIST - News.

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UN Fact Finding Mission reports gross human rights violations in Libya

The UN’s Independent Fact-Finding Mission (IFFM) on Libya Wednesday reported that Libyan authorities have committed crimes against humanity, war crimes, and gross human rights violations under international law. The FFM was constituted in June 2020 to document human rights violations in Libya and to ensure those responsible are held accountable. FFM conducted 103 interviews with […] The post UN Fact Finding Mission reports gross human rights violations in Libya appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Germany court sentences 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to 5 years imprisonment

Germany’s Neuruppin Regional Court in Brandenburg Tuesday convicted a 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. Former SS guard Josef Schuetzwas charged for his participation in the “execution by firing squad of Soviet prisoners of war in 1942” and operating the gas […] The post Germany court sentences 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to 5 years imprisonment appeared first on JURIST - News.

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UK sanctions Russia elites in response to continued war in Ukraine

The UK government Wednesday unveiled new sanctions onmembers of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle in response to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Among those sanctioned are Russia’s second richest man, Vladimir Potanin, and the president of a prominent Russian Coal mining company, Anna Tsivileva. Vladimir Potanin owns the conglomerate Interros, which operates in industries […] The post UK sanctions Russia elites in response to continued war in Ukraine appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Iowa governor seeks to reinstate six-week abortion ban

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Tuesday announced her administration would seek to reinstate a 2018 state law prohibiting abortion after six weeks, when embryonic cardiac activity is detected. The law was blocked by a state judge back in 2019 for violating the Iowa Constitution, but Reynolds’ administration is hoping that the recent Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s […] The post Iowa governor seeks to reinstate six-week abortion ban appeared first on JURIST - News.

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US judge says former Uber security chief must face wire fraud charges over hacking coverup

A US federal judge ruled Tuesday that former Uber security chief Joseph Sullivan must face wire fraud charges over his alleged involvement in trying to cover up a 2016 hack that exposed the personal information of 57 million passengers and drivers. US District Judge William Orrick rejected Sullivan’s claim that prosecutors failed to adequately argue […] The post US judge says former Uber security chief must face wire fraud charges over hacking coverup appeared first on JURIST - News.

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New York sues 10 national gun distributors for fueling gun violence through ghost guns

New York state and New York City Wednesday sued 10 distributors of gun components to stop the sale of illegal “ghost guns.” New York Attorney General Letitia James filed the lawsuit in New York Supreme Court’s Commercial Division. The lawsuit states that gun violence is causing a “public health and safety crisis” in New York. […] The post New York sues 10 national gun distributors for fueling gun violence through ghost guns appeared first on JURIST - News.

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US Supreme Court allows Army reservist to sue Texas for improper treatment

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an Army reservist can sue Texas for improper treatment under the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). The court held that Congress may exercise its power under Article I of the US Constitution to authorize private damages suits against non-consenting states. This case concerns […] The post US Supreme Court allows Army reservist to sue Texas for improper treatment appeared first on JURIST - News.

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European Court of Human Rights finds Spain violated judges’ privacy rights

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday found Spain violated European privacy rights by publishing the names and photos of judges who supported Catalan independence. The ECHR found Spain guilty under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 8 protects individual privacy. According to the judgment, Spain violated Article 8 […] The post European Court of Human Rights finds Spain violated judges’ privacy rights appeared first on JURIST - News.

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France court convicts 19 suspects of terrorism over 2015 Paris Attacks

France’s Special Court of Assizes Wednesday found 19 men guilty on various terrorism-related charges for their involvement in the November 2015 Paris Attacks, when members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) attacked various locations in Paris, including the Stade de France concert hall, killing 130 civilians and seven attackers. The attacks […] The post France court convicts 19 suspects of terrorism over 2015 Paris Attacks appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Two Mexican nationals charged in connection with deadliest human trafficking incident in US history

Juan Francisco D’Luna Bilbaoand Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez were charged by US authorities Tuesday after 51 migrants were found dead in a semi-truck in San Antonio, Texas, in what is believed to have been the deadliest human trafficking incident in U.S. history. The San Antonio police department discovered a semi-truck transporting some 100 migrants across the […] The post Two Mexican nationals charged in connection with deadliest human trafficking incident in US history appeared first on JURIST - News.

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US Supreme Court: Oklahoma can prosecute crimes committed against Native Americans on tribal territory

The US Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that the state of Oklahoma can prosecute non-Native Americans who commit crimes against Native Americans on tribal territory. This decision clarifies the 2020 McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling, which held that part of eastern Oklahoma was still a Creek reservation and that the state could not prosecute crimes committed by […] The post US Supreme Court: Oklahoma can prosecute crimes committed against Native Americans on tribal territory appeared first on JURIST - News.

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South Africa Constitutional Court recognizes marriages under Sharia law

The Constitutional Court of South Africa Tuesday unanimouslyruled that the Marriage Act 25 of 1961 and the Divorce Act 70 of 1979 were unconstitutional for their exclusion of marriages under Sharia law. Women’s Legal Centre Trust v. The President and Othersconcerned a challenge to the constitutionality of the two acts, alleging inconsistency with sections 9 […] The post South Africa Constitutional Court recognizes marriages under Sharia law appeared first on JURIST - News.

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India dispatch: Military launches controversial new recruitment program

India’s Air Force began ushering in new members last week under a controversial recruitment program that aims to reduce the average age of the country’s military forces, while also limiting career and pension prospects for new recruits. The so-called Agnipath program, introduced by the Indian Government on June 14, 2022, aims to usher junior recruits […] The post India dispatch: Military launches controversial new recruitment program appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Ukraine dispatch: The myriad merits of Ukraine’s EU candidacy — for the country and for Europe at large

It’s been more than four months since the Russian Federation began its unprovoked and unjustified invasion of the sovereign and independent Ukraine. Since then, the European Union (EU) has taken active action by imposing a restrictive sanctions package against the Russian government and sending not only financial aid but also armaments to Ukraine. On June […] The post Ukraine dispatch: The myriad merits of Ukraine’s EU candidacy — for the country and for Europe at large appeared first on JURIST - News.

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India court keeps journalist in police custody over tweet

Delhi’s Metropolitan Magistrate Court Tuesday ordered journalist and Co-Founder of Alt News Mohammed Zubair to remain in police custody for four days. Zubair was arrested on Monday for the crimes of hurting religious sentiments and inciting enmity under Sections 153 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code. In 2018, Zubair posted a tweet which depicted […] The post India court keeps journalist in police custody over tweet appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Texas attorney general investigating Walmart opioid sales

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Tuesday saidthat he had launched an investigation into whether Walmart improperly filled prescriptions for controlled substances and whether it failed to report suspicious orders, as required under the law. Paxton said he had issued a Civil Investigative Demand (CID) to Walmart for its potential violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade […] The post Texas attorney general investigating Walmart opioid sales appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Ghislaine Maxwell receives 20 years in prison for role in Epstein sex trafficking scheme

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Tuesday announced Ghislaine Maxwell received a 20-year prison sentence “for her role in a scheme to sexually exploit and abuse multiple minor girls with Jeffrey Epstein over the course of a decade.” Maxwell must also pay a $750,000 fine and will be supervised for five years upon release. Maxwell […] The post Ghislaine Maxwell receives 20 years in prison for role in Epstein sex trafficking scheme appeared first on JURIST - News.

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Michigan Supreme Court rules Flint water crisis charges are invalid without preliminary examination

The Michigan Supreme Court Tuesday ruled that defendants charged in connection with the Flint water crisis are entitled to preliminary examinations. Three state employees, Nancy Peeler, Richard L. Baird and Nicolas Lyon, were charged for their roles in the Flint water crisis under Michigan’s “one-man grand jury statute.” The law allows a single judge to […] The post Michigan Supreme Court rules Flint water crisis charges are invalid without preliminary examination appeared first on JURIST - News.

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UK MP Stella Creasy proposes right to abortion amendment to British Bill of Rights

UK Labour MP Stella Creasy Tuesdayexpressed her intention to propose an amendment to include the right to abortion in the British Bill of Rights. Creasy spoke in front of the UK government ministers and asked cabinet member Amanda Milling if she would support a bid to amend the bill of rights to include the right […] The post UK MP Stella Creasy proposes right to abortion amendment to British Bill of Rights appeared first on JURIST - News.

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