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Supreme Court hears oral arguments in two Fifth Amendment cases

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two Fifth Amendment cases Tuesday: Currier v. Virginia and City of Hays v. Vogt . In the Currier case  Currier faced trial for breaking and entering and grand larceny. While was acquitted on these charges, he was further charged with possession of

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HRW urges probe into Afghanistan summary executions

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the Afghan government and US military to investigate alleged summary executions committed by special forces against Kandahar civilians. The alleged executions reportedly took place during military operations spanning from January 31 to February 1. In one instance, during a

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Nigeria court convicts 205 Boko Haram suspects

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Justice said Tuesday that 205 detainees suspected of involvement with the terrorist organization Boko Haram  have been convicted. To date, the Nigerian government has detained approximately 804 individuals suspected of involvement with Boko Haram. The detainees are held in a military detention center in Wawa

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US Supreme Court rules in attorney’s fees case

The US Supreme Court ruled  5-4 Wednesday in Murphy v. Smith  that federal law requires district courts to apply up to 25 percent of the judgment to attorney’s fees in prisoner civil rights suits. The case involved how much prisoners who win their cases must pay their lawyers and

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Pennsylvania legislators again ask US Supreme Court to block redistricting order

Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai  on Wednesday asked the US Supreme Courtto stay an earlier decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court  setting aside the state’s congressional map as unconstitutional Scarnati and Turzai claim that the state Supreme Court “conspicuously seized the redistricting process and prevented any

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Lawyers to cease work at Kolkata High Court

Nearly 10,000 lawyers of three lawyers’ association at the Calcutta High Court will go on a five-day-long cease work from Monday in protest against the severe shortage of judges at the court. Instead of its strength of 72 judges, the Calcutta High Court currently has