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Legal news from Thursday, December 22, 2016
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution Wednesday to establish an independent panel to investigation possible war crimes in Syria. The resolution, approved by a vote of 105 to 15 against, with 52 abstentions, will establish the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under …

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by Autumn Callan

Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed the "campus carry" bill into law . Senate Bill 199, one of 17 bills Kasich signed Monday, makes it legal to carry concealed weapons at daycare facilities and onto college campuses. College boards will have to vote to permit concealed weapons, but child care centers must post notification …

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by Autumn Callan

About 71 percent of human trafficking victims are female and one-third are children, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report released Wednesday. Though many are victims of sexual exploitation and forced labor, many are reportedly used as beggars, for sham marriages, benefit fraud and pornography. The report emphasizes the connection between the …

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by Mark Casper

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that "eneral and indiscriminate retention" of e-mails and other electronic communications by governments is illegal, in a decision that many believe could create an opportunity for challenges to the UK's Investigatory Powers Bill. The EU's highest court did, however, carve out an exception for targeted interception of …

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by Mark Casper

The use of capital punishment in the US is at a 20-year low, according to a eport by the Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) Wednesday. Specifically, the report found that while 31 states currently allow the death penalty, only five such states held executions in 2016. Of these 31 states, nearly 80 percent of all executions …

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