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The Honduras Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday declared [text, PDF, in Spanish] incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández the winner of last month's disputed presidential election. The tribunal found that Hernández won by 50,446 votes, receiving 42.95 percent of the vote. Opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla received 41.42 percent. The election has been marred with accusations of fraud and other irregularities, and the Organization of American States [official website] called Sunday for new elections [statement]:Deliberate human intrusions...
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: The legal world is a busy place. [more] United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer [official website] on Wednesday called on the US to end impunity [press release] for those officials who have committed acts of torture. [more] A committee in Ireland's Houses of Oireachtas [official website] on Wednesday voted [video] to recommend that the full parliament repeal the country's Eighth Amendment [materials], which dictates that an unborn child and...
Here's the domestic legal news we covered this week: The legal world is a busy place. [more] In the midst of a growing and devastating opioid epidemic, officials in Lorain County, Ohio, filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas [official website] Friday against 25 large drug companies and distributors of opioids for deceptive and misleading marketing practices. Loraine County joins a growing list of municipalities filing suit against drug companies for the opioid crisis,...
In the midst of a growing and devastating opioid epidemic, officials in Lorain County, Ohio, filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas [official website] Friday against 25 large drug companies and distributors of opioids for deceptive and misleading marketing practices. Loraine County joins a growing list of municipalities filing suit against drug companies for the opioid crisis, including the city of Lorain, Ohio's Lake County and Cuyahoga County, as well as Ohio Attorney General...
The legal world is a busy place. Here are a few stories we didn't get to this week that we thought you might be interested in. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Monday there are "strong indications of election fraud in Honduras," calling for a full investigation [press release]. Also Monday, HRW sent a letter [text, PDF] to the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar urging them to rethink an agreement to begin returning Rohingya refugees by January 23, arguing...
States reacted swiftly Thursday to challenge the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) decision to undo [JURIST report] the set of internet regulations known as net neutrality. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman took the lead Thursday afternoon announcing a lawsuit [press release] to stop the action. That suit was quickly joined by attorneys general from Washington, Massachusetts, Illinois [press releases] and Oregon [Portland Tribune]. All of these states were also signatories to a letter [text, PDF] sent to the FCC Wednesday...
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] on Thursday voted 3-2 to repeal [press release, PDF] Obama-era net neutrality regulations in favor of returning to what it calls "longstanding, bipartisan light-touch regulatory framework that has fostered rapid Internet growth, openness, and freedom for nearly 20 years." Calling it an act to "restore internet freedom" and increase "Transparency to Protect Consumers, Spur Investment, Innovation, and Competition," the FCC stated that it undertook detailed legal and economic analysis and extensively examined comments...
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer [official website] on Wednesday called on the US to end impunity [press release] for those officials who have committed acts of torture. Melzer urged US authorities to take action on the findings in the 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee Report [JURIST report], which found that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] deliberately misled Congress and the White House about information obtained using enhanced interrogation techniques between 2002 and 2007, and that those...
A committee in Ireland's Houses of Oireachtas [official website] on Wednesday voted [video] to recommend that the full parliament repeal the country's Eighth Amendment [materials], which dictates that an unborn child and mother have an equal right to life. The Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution [official website] considered numerous proposals [text, PDF] for inclusion in an eventual report to be delivered to the wider parliament suggesting changes to the country's strict abortion laws. Among those approved...
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Wednesday vacated [opinion, PDF] a lower federal court injunction that imposed county-based signature-gathering requirements that minor political parties in Pennsylvania must fulfill to get their candidates on the ballot. This is the latest development in a case that has been in litigation since 2012 when the Constitution, Green and Libertarian [party websites] parties of Pennsylvania, collectively referred to as the "Aspiring Parties," filed a § 1983 [text, PDF]...
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported [press release] Monday that sanctions against the People's Democratic Republic on North Korea have a negative effect on aid efforts. High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official website] told the UN Security Council that 13 million of the 17 million North Koreans facing food shortages rely on aid provided by the UN. Sanctions on imports and money transfers have disrupted delivery of food aid. Zeid said the heightened state of military tensions...
Amnesty International on Monday accused [report, PDF] EU member states of being complicit in the abuse and torture of refugees and migrants that have journeyed across Africa and are now being detained in Libya. The Libyan coastguard, detention authorities and smugglers are allegedly colluding with each other to keep hundreds of thousands of migrants trapped in the country for financial gain. Amnesty claims support from the EU is a part of their plan to "curb the scale of a political...
The US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] on Monday blocked [order, PDF] President Donald Trump's transgender military ban. US District Judge Marsha Pechman partially granted the preliminary injunction, finding the ban likely violates the plaintiffs' constitutional rights to equal protection, substantive due process, and First Amendment protections. Additionally, Pechman partially granted the government's motion to dismiss, finding the ban does not violate the plaintiffs' rights to procedural due process. Pechman considered four factors in deciding...
The Trump administration on Monday appealed the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] order that denied [text, PDF] a request to delay the preliminary injunction blocking President Donald Trump's transgender military ban, originally set to take effect January 1. The appeal [text, PDF] follows US District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly's Monday ruling [JURIST report], which rejected [order, PDF] the government's claims finding it had not met its burden in seeking a stay of the preliminary injunction....
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday added [docket] a Maryland redistricting case, Benisek v. Lamone, to its merits docket on Friday, along with six other cases [JURIST report]. While the case [SCOTUSblog materials] was previously being considered on a jurisdictional question, SCOTUS decided to delay answering the jurisdictional question until the case was heard on its merits. The plaintiff claims that the redistricting in Maryland violates the First Amendment and was used as retaliation against Republican voters. The...
The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday denied [order, PDF] the government's request to delay implementation of a preliminary injunction [JURIST report] halting portions of President Donald Trump's [official profile] transgender military ban. In October, the court granted plaintiffs' request to prevent the Accession Directive (prohibiting transgender individuals from entering the military) and the Retention Directive (allowing for the discharge of transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines currently in uniform) from going into effect...
The U.S. Supreme Court [official website] on Monday declined to hear [orders list, PDF] an appeal from Jameka Evans, a Georgia security guard who claims that she was harassed and ultimately forced to quit her job because she is s a lesbian. Evans argued that sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [text]. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on a number of factors, including sex. The question presented in the...
The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official site] on Monday announced [press release] that it will refer the Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations Security Council [official site] over its failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir [official website]. The referral comes after the ICC decided issued two arrest warrants [text, PDF; second warrant, PDF] for Al-Bashir for the alleged genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity [JURIST report] committed in Darfur. However, because Sudan is not a part of...
The US Supreme Court [official website] on Friday granted certiorari [orders list, PDF] in seven cases. In Benisek v. Lamone [docket], the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to Maryland's 2011 electoral map. The petitioners allege [SCOTUSblog materials] that their district was re-drawn to favor Democrats as retaliation against them for their support of Republican candidates. A three-judge panel of the US District Court for Maryland [official website] had previously refused [opinion, PDF] the voters' preliminary injunction request, and...
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: The High Court of South Africa [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Friday that President Jacob Zuma's [BBC profile] appointment of a State Prosecutor who would decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against was invalid. [more] [JURIST] Argentinian Judge Carlos Bonadio [CIJ backgrounder, in Spanish] ordered [text, PDF, in Spanish] the arrest of current senator and former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday for her alleged involvement...

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