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Legal news from Thursday, October 6, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Three transgender students in the Pine-Richland school district in Western Pennsylvania filed suit Thursday against the school district for their decision to implement gender specific restrooms. After months of deliberation, the school district decided last month to return to the practice of maintaining gender specific restrooms. Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, attorney with Lambda Legal, stated that since …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The Zambian Police on Wednesday arrested two leaders of the United Party for National Development (UPND), the main opposition party. Hakainde Hichilema, president of UPND, and his deputy Geoffrey Mwamba were arrested for suspicions of sedition in part due to their claims that the election that re-elected President Edgar Lungu in August was fraudulent …

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by Ashley Hogan

The Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) criticized UN peacekeepers in South Sudan Wednesday for their failure to protect civilians during an outbreak of fighting in the country that took place in July. The report released by the human rights group describes how the parties to the conflict, "killed and injured civilians in displaced …

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by Ashley Hogan

The threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement on combatting climate change was achieved on Wednesday. The threshold of 55 parties making up more than 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions triggered the entry into force of the agreement in 30 days. The signatories to the agreement include both large and …

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by Emelina Perez

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington ruled Tuesday that four former high-ranking Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officials must testify in depositions in a lawsuit against two psychologists who designed the CIA torture program. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed the lawsuit last year against …

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by Emelina Perez

Germany's Federal Court of Justice ruled Thursday that relatives of the victims of a 2009 airstrike in Afghanistan are not entitled to compensation. The court held that international law does not award damages or compensation for violations of international humanitarian law. Additionally, there is no legal basis for damages under German law because the …

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by Brittany Felder

Following mass protests in Poland, legislators have reversed their positions and rejected a near-complete abortion ban. Members of the lower house of parliament voted 352-58 Thursday against the proposed legislation. Some are cautioning that this recent reversal is no cause for celebration. Dutch lawmaker, Sophia in't Veld said that the law as currently …

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by Brittany Felder

US government contractor Harold Thomas Martin III was arrested in August on charges that he stole government property, including classified documents, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday. The complaint alleges that Martin, who had a top national security clearance, removed hard copy as well as digital copies of top secret classified documents, many of which …

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by Matthew Santiago

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Salman v. United States. The court is faced with an insider trading crime and must determine whether the personal benefit element requires proof of "an exchange that is objective, consequential, and represents at least a potential gain" or may merely be satisfied by …

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