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Legal news from Sunday, December 11, 2016
by Justin Cosgrove

The US Congress on Saturday passed legislation that would continue reviews of racially motivated killings in the civil rights era. The bill indefinitely extends a 2007 law, which expires next year, that calls for a full and complete accounting of racial killings, many of which have been closed cases for decades. More than …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Defenders of condemned inmate Ronald Bert Smith Jr. are calling his execution an "avoidable disaster." The death row inmate was seen coughing, and his upper body heaved repeatedly for 13 minutes as he was being sedated. Furthermore, during the first consciousness test, Smith moved his arm. Smith's attorneys stated that the movements show that he …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The Irish High Court will hear a new challenge to Brexit after tens of thousands of pounds were raised, according to reports Sunday. The challenge contends that Article 50 is revocable once it is activated. Under EU law, a member state has two years after Article 50 is triggered to leave the union. The …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said Saturday that he will challenge the election results before his country's Supreme Court. Jammeh had unexpectedly conceded defeat after the elections commission announced the victory of opposition candidate Adama Barrow. However, Jammeh has now decried "serious and unacceptable abnormalities" and called for fresh polls. Jammeh's party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation …

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