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  • Supreme Court to decide if state can consider political affiliation in judicial appointments 8 December 2019
    The US Supreme Court issued an order on Friday granting certiorari to a new case for their current term. Carney v. Adams challenges the constitutionality of a Delaware law limiting the appointment of judges based on their political affiliation in order to achieve balance on the court. Within Delaware’s Constitution, the Article IV, Section 3 provision […]
  • Trump asks Supreme Court to block House subpoenas from banks 7 December 2019
    US President Donald Trump on Friday requested that the Supreme Court bar the House of Representatives’ request for his financial documents from two banks. Trump argues that the subpoena goes beyond legislative power, and he therefore has a right to keep the documents private. This is not Trump’s first request to bar subpoenas for financial […]
  • India Cabinet approves draft citizenship legislation 6 December 2019
    India’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019, to allow religious minorities persecuted in neighboring countries to seek citizenship. The draft legislation proposed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been criticized for being discriminatory and unconstitutional, as the term “religious minorities” excluded the Muslim community. Amending the Citizenship Act 1955, Section 2 […]
  • Federal appeals court lifts injunctions against Trump administration’s immigration restrictions 6 December 2019
    The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lifted preliminary injunctions against some of the Trump administration’s restrictions against immigrants in need of public benefits Thursday. The Trump administration implemented a “public charge” rule against immigrants in need of government assistance, such as Medicaid or food stamps. Judges Jay Byebee and Sandra Ikuta stated […]
  • UN rights chief concerned over ‘serious violations of human rights’ in Iran 6 December 2019
    Following a violent crackdown on protesters in Iran, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet issued a statement Friday calling Iran’s reaction “clear violations of international norms and standards on the use of force, and serious violations of human rights.” The protests were largely in response to a massive tax hike on gas prices […]
  • Trump asks Supreme Court to shield his financial records from Congress 6 December 2019
    US President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to block a subpoena requesting access to his financial documents. The subpoena was issued by the House of Representatives to Trump’s personal accounting firm, Mazars USA. The Supreme Court justices have put a temporary hold on the subpoena as they determine their next step in […]
  • Defense contractor agrees to $45 million settlement for illegal shipment of materials through Iran 6 December 2019
    Unitrans International, a Virginia defense contracting company, agreed Wednesday to pay $45 million to settle criminal obstruction charges and False Claims Act allegations brought by the Department of Justice for illegally shipping construction materials to Afghanistan through Iran. Unitrans provided logistical support to Anham, a Dubai Free Zone company incorporated under the laws of the […]
  • US authorities charge two Russian nationals over hacking attack 5 December 2019
    US authorities on Thursday filed charges and sanctions against two Russian nationals who allegedly run a cyber theft operation known as Evil Corp. The organization used malware to steal personal banking information from victims in more than 40 countries, netting them more than $100 million in stolen funds. The two nationals are named in an […]
  • Supreme Court hears arguments on statute of limitations, motions to alter judgment 5 December 2019
    The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in cases concerning the statute of limitations in § 1113(2) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Rule 59(e) of Civil Procedure for a motion to alter or amend a judgment. Intel Corp. Investment Policy Committee v. Sulyma asks the court to determine whether the […]
  • Texas judge blocks construction of part of border wall 5 December 2019
    A judge in Hidalgo County, Texas, granted a temporary restraining order Tuesday that prevents a group that has sought to build a portion of the border wall from working on the construction. The temporary restraining order seeks to “preserve the status quo” of the area until a hearing can take place. The order is set […]