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malaysia parliament repeals ‘fake news’ law - jurist - news

ussr sentences us pilot to 10 years for espionageon august 19, 1960, us spy-plane pilot francis gary powers was sentenced to 10-years in prison by the soviet union after being convicted of espionage. powers was captured and tried by the ussr after his u-2 was shot down while flying a mi...




malaysia parliament repeals ‘fake news’ law - jurist - news

nineteenth amendment ratifiedon august 18, 1920, the nineteenth amendment to the us constitution, e...




veterans group files suit over mar-a-lago va meetings - jurist - news

a veterans advocacy group brought a federal lawsuit [complaint, pdf] in the us district court for the district of columbia [official website] thursday related to unofficial or undisclosed meetings held at president donald trump’s mar-a-lago resort by a group focused on crafting department of veterans affairs (va) policy.the complaint alleges that marvel entertainment ceo ike perlmutter, attorney marck sherman and dr. bruce moskowitz have held more than 20 meetings regarding work of the va, a violation of the federal advisory committee act [text], which requires that advisors to policymakers be disclosed.“president trump and his administration have made a practice of outsourcing decision-making on key issues of p...




federal judge orders environmental review before keystone xl can continue - jurist - news

a us district judge in montana ruled [order, pdf] wednesday that the us state department must conduct a more thorough environmental review of the keystone xl pipeline project, ordering the $8 billion project’s construction to come to an immediate halt.an environmental review was initially published for the pipeline’s original plans, which stretched from canada through nebraska. however, the nebraska portion of the line’s path has since been revised. nebraska regulators voted [jurist report] in november to approve the new route.us district judge brian morris said in a partial order that transcanada, the company constructing the pipeline, and the state department “have yet to analyze the mainline alternative route” despite “possess...




center for biological diversity files suit to protect whales - jurist - news

the center for biological diversity [official website] filed [complaint, pdf] a lawsuit on thursday against the national marine fisheries service that seeks to protect the waters where southern resident killer whales live.previously, the center for biological diversity has petitioned for the protection of these waters, and the fisheries service has agreed that this was necessary. however, the fisheries service also stated that it would not impose a critical habitat rule ...




poland president vetoes eu parliament bill over concerns of increased vote threshold - jurist - news

polish president andrzej duda on thursday vetoed a european parliament reform [materials] that would increase the mandatory threshold of the vote needed to become a party in the european parliament for the 2024 european parliament election. under the proposed reform countries with 26 representatives would require parties to win at least 5 percent of the national vote in order to have a representative.pol...




head of amnesty international in turkey released - jurist - news

amnesty international [advocacy website] said thursday that the honorary chair of amnesty international turkey, taner kilic, has been released [press release] after 14 months in prison. amnesty’s secretary general kumi naidoo said that kilic was released and has returned to his family. naidoo also called for the release of other human rights advocates whom naidoo alleges are being detained on baseless charges.kilic was previously released in february [local report], but turkish police detained him again just hours later. kilic was accused of being a part of the gulen movement, a group led by fethullah gulen, an imam currently residing in the us. gulen is currently being sought by the turkish government for his alleged involvement in the 2...




federal appeals court dismisses challenge to texas campus carry law - jurist - news

the us court of appeals for the fifth circuit [official website] on thursday upheld [order, pdf] a district court’s decision to dismiss a group of university of texas at austin professors’ challenge to a texas law permitting the concealed carry of handguns on campuses as well as a university-specific policy that prohibited professors from banning weapons in their classrooms.the district court originally dismissed [order, pdf] the professors’ claims that the law and school policy violated the first and second amendments, as well...




federal court allows ohio gerrymandering lawsuit to proceed - jurist - news

a federal court on wednesday ruled [text, pdf] that a lawsuit challenging ohio’s congressional map as unconstitutional can move forward. the lawsuit was filed [complaint, pdf] in may by the american civil liberties union (aclu) on behalf of five civic engagement groups and voters from each congressional district in the state.the plaintiffs allege that ohio’s congressional map violates the first amendment, the fourteenth amendment, and article i of the us constitution because state republicans manipulated it to give them an advantage in congressional elections for at least a decade.the new map allowed [aclu blog] republicans to consistently win 75 percent of ohio’s congressional seats even though they only earn...




malaysia parliament repeals ‘fake news’ law - jurist - news

malaysia’s parliament [official website] on thursday repealed a controversial law [jurist report] that set fines for “fake news.”the law was introduced in april by the administration of former prime minister datuk seri najib razak. the previous administration called snap elections in may [bbc report] shortly after passing the “fake news law” and was subseq...




un rights experts concerned for workers at fukushima nuclear plant in japan - jurist - news

un human rights experts expressed concern in a report [press release] thursday that workers decontaminating the fukushima daichi nuclear power station [jurist news archive] in japan are at grave risk of exploitation.tens of thousands of workers have been recruited over the past seven years since the disaster, including migrants, asylum seekers and homeless individuals.the report states:the people most at risk of exposure to toxic substances are those most vulnerable to exploitation: the poor, children and women, migrant workers, people with disabilities and older workers. they are often exposed to a myriad of human rights abuses, forced to make the abhorrent choice betwee...




israel military reports no wrongdoing during 2014 'black friday' episode in gaza strip - jurist - news

the israeli military on wednesday released its findings [text] of the investigation of the 2014 50-day war episode known as “black friday,” saying no wrongdoing occurred on behalf of the military in response to the attacks in rafah.“black friday” is known as one of the deadliest episodes in the gaza strip during the 50-day war. many criticized the israeli defense forces for the incident, saying it “operated in an indiscriminate and disproportionate manner during the fighting, and that significant harm was caused to life and property.” critics claim that the purpose of the attacks “was to avenge the kidnapping of lieutenant goldin and the killing of major sarel and staff sergeant gidoni.”the military advocate general (mag) ...




washington state judge dismisses youth climate change lawsuit - jurist - news

a judge for the king county superior court [official website] in washington on tuesday dismissed [text, pdf] a lawsuit alleging that the state’s failure to protect people from climate change is unconstitutional.the lawsuit, brought by a group of youth activists, focuses on the harmful effects of natural gas and diesel fuels on the planet’s climate. they alleged the state’s goal of reducing 50 percent of emissions by 2050 “is grossly inadequate” and the state should instead strive for 96 percent by 2030.the court rejected the activists’ argument, saying it is not the role of the judicial system to “second-guess the wisdom of the legislature.” judge michael scott wrote:the relief sought by plaintiffs would require the court ...




libya appeals court sentences 45 militiamen to death over 2011 massacre - jurist - news

a libyan appeals court on wednesday sentenced [text, in arabic] 45 soldiers to death by firing squad for their involvement in murders that occurred during the 2011 uprising.the defendants were accused of opening fire [telegraph report] on a crowd of demonstrators celebrating the end of muammar gaddafi’s regime in the abu salim district of tripoli...




malaysia parliament repeals ‘fake news’ law - jurist - news

first german spy convicted for world war i espionage in the uson august 16, 1918, lothar witzke was convicted of espionage by a military commission sitting at ft. sam houston, becoming the the first german spy convicted by the unit...




federal judge strikes down new hampshire absentee voter signature match law - jurist - news

a judge for the us district court for the district of new hampshire on tuesday ruled against [order, pdf] new hampshire’s “signature match” law [rs 659:50 text], which has prevented hundreds of absentee voters from voting because of handwriting discrepancies.rsa 659:50 requires that signatures on “affidavit[s] appear to be executed by the same person who signed the application.” if the signature does not appear to be the same, then the moderator is required to reject the ballot.in the opinion, judge landya mccafferty pointed out that there are several reasons why signatures may not be a proper indicator of identity.a person’s signat...




federal judge dismisses lawmakers' suit over trump hotel washington - jurist - news

a federal judge on wednesday dismissed [opinion, pdf] a lawsuit by a group of congresspeople against the general services administration (gsa) [official website] seeking the disclosure of documents related to the lease and operations of the trump hotel washington.the plaintiffs, 17 democratic members of the us house of representatives committee on oversight and government reform, filed the lawsuit [reuters report] in late 2017 after the gsa refused to release the requested documents. the house democrats see the disclosure as essential to ensuring transparency and avoid corruption, said representative elijah cummings of maryland “we have no transparency—no ability to check for ongoing conflicts of interest or unconstitutional foreign paym...




federal appeals court: police can be photographed while working in public - jurist - news

a panel for the us court of appeals for the ninth circuit [judicial website] on tuesday vacated [opinion, pdf] a lower court’s decision dismissing a suit against the department of homeland security [official website] for confiscating photos of law enforcement officials at the border.the photos were taken by activist christian ramirez in 2010 on a pedestrian bridge near the us-mexican border. ramirez observed a customs and border protection official patting down only women who were crossing the border and became concerned. he took “approximately ten photos” on his cellphone. several officers surrounded ramirez, took his phone, and deleted the photographs.the opinion stated, “the first amendment protected the right to photogra...




federal judge blocks trump administration request to shield transgender military ban information - jurist - news

a baltimore federal judge on tuesday declined [opinion, pdf] the trump administration’s request to shield information it employed when deciding to ban transgender people from the us military. the lawsuit [complaint, pdf], filed by the american civil liberties union (aclu) [advocacy website], is on behalf of more than one dozen transgender people serving or who want to serve in the military.the aclu contents that the ban initiated by president donald trump violates the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and substantive due process by singling out transgender individuals for unequal and discriminatory treatmen...




plaintiffs in travel ban case voluntarily dismiss action - jurist - news

the plaintiffs in the hawaii v. trump travel ban challenge voluntarily dismissed [notice, pdf] their action in federal district court monday. the third version of the controversial travel ban was upheld [jurist report] at the end of the last supreme court term.the travel ban was deemed to be wit...