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  • Federal judge blocks Trump’s border wall funding plans 11 October 2019
    A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction Friday against President Donald Trump’s proposed plan for funding the border wall for exceeding executive branch authority under the Appropriations Act. Trump issued a proclamation in February declaring a national emergency on the southern border of the US […]
  • European Commission refers Poland to Court of Justice over judicial independence 11 October 2019
    The European Commission referred Poland to the European Court of Justice Thursday for violating judicial independence. In an April 3 letter, the Commission outlined in detail Poland’s failure to provide an effective right to remedy before an independent and impartial court under Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU. Poland has also […]
  • Bangladesh police promise action following protests over student’s murder 11 October 2019
    A senior police official in Bangladesh said Thursday that the murder of a 21-year old engineering student in Dhaka will be investigated with the “highest level of professionalism and sincerity.” Monirul Islam, an additional commissioner in the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, vowed to put all accused on trial regardless of their political affiliation. Activists of the […]
  • Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Giuliani associates subpoenaed in impeachment investigation 11 October 2019
    US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was issued a subpoena on Thursday by three House of Representatives committees investigating the Trump administration for attempting to induce the government of Ukraine to interfere with the upcoming 2020 US presidential election. The subpoena demands that Perry provide relevant documents and appear before the committees to testify before […]
  • US Ambassador Gordon Sondland agrees to testify before Congress 11 October 2019
    Attorneys representing US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland released a statement to Politico reporter Kyle Cheney on Friday indicating his intention to testify before Congress, defying an order by the Trump Administration not to appear before the committees investigating the president as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry. The statement says that […]
  • Giuliani associates charged with violating campaign finance laws 10 October 2019
    Two associates of US President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani were arrested Thursday for violating campaign finance laws. The indictment charges that Ignor Fruman and Lev Parnas and two others “conspired to circumvent the federal laws against foreign influence by engaging in a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and state office […]
  • New York City sues e-cigarette companies for selling to minors 10 October 2019
    New York City sued 22 e-cigarette companies Tuesday for violating the Administrative Code of the City of New York by selling e-cigarettes to residents under the age of 21. The city accuses the companies of creating a public nuisance and is seeking injunctive relief to prevent further underage sales of e-cigarettes. The city also seeks […]
  • European Court of Human Rights rules Italy’s tough treatment of mobsters and terrorists violates human rights 10 October 2019
    The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected Italy’s request for referral in Marcello Viola v. Italy, making the judgement in the case final. The court, in June, held that Italy violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights by imposing an irreducible sentence of life imprisonment on Marcello Viola for Mafia-type […]
  • Johnson & Johnson obtains defense verdict from Los Angeles court in latest mesothelioma trial 10 October 2019
    A California jury on Wednesday cleared Johnson & Johnson of charges that the company’s talcum powder gave a woman mesothelioma. The verdict was granted in a retrial of claims over which a mistrial was declared in September of 2018. 60-year-old Carolyn Weirick and her wife Elvira Escudero claimed that Weirick’s mesothelioma was caused by the […]
  • California enacts bill to prevent police use of biometric surveillance 10 October 2019
    California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill on Tuesday that prohibits law enforcement officers from using facial recognition and other biometric surveillance technologies in police-worn cameras. The bill outlines concerns related to the guaranteed right to privacy under the California Constitution. The bill equates facial recognition technologies as functionally equivalent to “requiring every person to […]