Law & Order

Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law

The US Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to abortion rights advocates, striking down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics… Source: Abortion rights advocates celebrate after US Supreme Court strikes down restrictive Texas law Read More »

‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad

Amy Remeikis Queensland’s abortion debate is heating up in the backrooms of Parliament, ahead of the review into whether the procedure should be decriminalised, with calls for “fact and reason” to over-ride “hysteria and emotion”. The state’s abortion law has remained relatively unchanged since 1899, with amendments focussing on attempts to protect medical professionals from criminal charges, rather than removing the procedure from the criminal code… Source: ‘Fact and reason’ needed in abortion debate: Trad Read More »

South African court refuses Zuma appeal request in arms case

A South African court has refused permission for President Jacob Zuma and prosecutors to appeal against its ruling that he should face corruption charges over a 1999 arms deal worth billions of dollars. There were “no merits” in the argument requesting an appeal, it ruled. In April, the court said a 2009 decision to drop the 783 charges against Mr Zuma was irrational. He has always denied taking bribes over the arms deal… Source: South African court refuses Zuma appeal ... Read More »

Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan, effectively ending what Mr. Obama had hoped would become one of his central legacies. The program would have shielded as many as five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to legally work in the United States… Source: Supreme Court Tie Blocks Obama Immigration Plan – The New York Times Read More »

‘When you talk, you heal’: Indigenous prison guards to help inmates rehabilitate

Ida Hanley knows she can help Canberra’s Indigenous inmates heal.. Her family, themselves ripped apart by the stolen generations, understand all too well the enduring pain and hurt that follow many Indigenous Australians into jail… Source: ‘When you talk, you heal’: Indigenous prison guards to help inmates rehabilitate Read More »

More gun stores than Starbucks coffee shops in US

After a gunman attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people, the gun control debate has come into the spotlight once again. The Huffington Post cited data visualization hub 1point21 in which figures show gun stores are much more common than McDonald’s or Starbucks. As of December 2015, there were more than 64,700 gun dealers in the U.S., it reported, while there were a total of 10,844 Starbucks branches… Source: More gun stores than Starbucks coffee shops in ... Read More »

‘Doe v. Lhamon’ and the Standard of Proof in Campus Rape Cases

A new lawsuit takes aim at the Department of Education’s push to force colleges to decide sexual misconduct charges based on “a preponderance of the evidence.”.. CONOR FRIEDERSDORF A college student is accused of rape or sexual harassment by a classmate and denies the allegation. A campus investigation follows. At the end of the process, the presiding administrator must judge whether the charges against the accused have… Source: ‘Doe v. Lhamon’ and the Standard of Proof in Campus Rape Cases ... Read More »

Donald Trump and NRA to discuss gun rights for terror suspects

Orlando nightclub shooting has has renewed debate over gun control regulations in US.. US presidential hopeful Donald Trump is to meet the National Rifle Association (NRA) to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists or no-fly lists from buying guns. The presumptive Republican nominee’s meeting with the gun lobbying group comes as his party scrambles to respond in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern US history… Source: Donald Trump and NRA to discuss gun rights ... Read More »

Non-Muslims Carried Out More than 90% of All Terrorist Attacks in America

Terrorism Is a Real Threat … But the Threat to the U.S. from Muslim Terrorists Has Been Exaggerated An FBI report shows that only a small percentage of terrorist attacks carried out on U.S. soil between 1980 and 2005 were perpetrated by Muslims. Princeton University’s Loon Watch compiled the following chart from the FBI’s… Source: Non-Muslims Carried Out More than 90% of All Terrorist Attacks in America | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization Read More »

Bangladesh arrests 85 Islamists in crackdown after wave of killings

Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested at least 85 militants as part of a broad crackdown on Islamists after a wave of brutal attacks on minorities and liberal activists, police said on June 12. A total of more than 5,000 suspected criminals have been arrested since law enforcement agencies began a week-long drive on June 10 to halt a series of targeted killings in the mainly Muslim nation. All arrests were made on specific charges, national police chief A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque ... Read More »

Beating Turkey in court

A week after the European Court of Human Rights ruled for Turkey to pay over €14 million to a Greek heir in an Istanbul inheritance case, Ankara’s property woes continued yesterday in Strasbourg.. That is where the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers examined Ankara’s refusal to pay awarded damages by the ECHR with regard to 33 property cases in Turkish-held northern Cyprus. And even though justice is a slow process, Nicosia-based lawyer Achilleas Demetriades, who won the Greek case ... Read More »

Israel suspends permits after deadly attack

The Israeli military revoked on June 9 permits for 83,000 Palestinians to visit Israel and said it would send hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank after a Palestinian gun attack that killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault by two gunmen on Wednesday in a trendy shopping and dining market near Israel’s Defense Ministry, but Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups were quick to praise it. The assailants came ... Read More »

Erdoğan lifts Turkish MPs’ immunity in bid to kick out pro-Kurdish parties

President signs bill that allows prosecution of lawmakers currently under investigation – most of whom are from pro-Kurdish or opposition parties.. The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has signed a bill lifting lawmakers’ immunity from prosecution – a constitutional change likely to remove a pro-Kurdish opposition party from parliament… Source: Erdoğan lifts Turkish MPs’ immunity in bid to kick out pro-Kurdish parties | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Rodrigo Duterte ‘legalises’ murder of drug dealers in Philippines

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EVEN before Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte told citizens he would give a medal to anyone who shot dead a drug dealer in a national address at the weekend, the bodies were starting to pile up.. But since that speech, at least five people allegedly connected to the drug trade as well as an indeterminate number of low level pushers have been exterminated by street assassins. Unlike the hundreds of petty criminals and drug pushers who have “involuntarily… Source: Rodrigo Duterte ... Read More »

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Beijing’s artificial islands bring South China Sea crisis to the boil

A tribunal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is ready to give its verdict on a complaint by the Philippines, which has challenged China’s territorial rights in the South China Sea. The verdict is set to address the simmering crisis in the South China Sea which will come to the boil later this month. Assertion China has rightfully asserted that the tribunal cannot adjudicate maritime boundaries; these can only be determined through bilateral negotiations between the parties ... Read More »

Should Lawyers Be Ethically Obligated to Protect the Environment?

Contrary to many corny jokes, lawyers do follow a code of ethics. But there’s a glaring omission in the professions’ ethical outline: the environment. The American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct is a suggested blueprint for state bars, laying out a boilerplate for client-lawyer relationships, public service, communication and other matters of the professions. “It talks about other legal obligations for third parties, but never talks about the environment,” said Tom Lininger, a professor at the University of ... Read More »