Journalist banned from Twitter says it’s important that users not self-censor
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by Lauren Ban | U. Pittsburgh School of Law, US
8h ago
In an exclusive interview with JURIST Friday, VOA Chief National Correspondent and JURIST Journalist in Residence Steve Herman, banned from Twitter in mid-December, said it is important that people not self-censor amid the turmoil surrounding Elon Musk’s newly-acquired social media platform. Herman remains suspended from Twitter for posts pertaining to Musk, but recognized that Twitter is among the most influential social media platforms available. Prior to his December 15, 2022 suspension, Herman said he used the platform every day. “I spent the better part of 15 years on Twitter. I mean lite ..read more
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Türkiye warns citizens of possible Islamophobic attacks following Quran burnings
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by Conor Courtney | Law Society of Ireland, IE
1d ago
In a press release Saturday, following an “Attack Targeting Holy Quran in Denmark,” Türkiye warned its citizens about possible “racist, xenophobic and anti-Islam attacks” in the US and Europe. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned in strongest terms the “hate crime” carried out in Sweden against their holy book, the Quran. They noted that a similar act had been carried out in Copenhagen, Denmark. Speaking on these events across Europe, the Ministry said: The fact that this despicable act, which was carried out in Denmark after Sweden and the Netherlands, was not prevented despite all ..read more
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Philippines Department of Justice: ICC lacks jurisdiction to investigate death of civilians during war on drugs
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by Sophia Richards | Newcastle Law School, AU
1d ago
Secretary Jesus Remulla of the Philippines Department of Justice held a press conference Saturday regarding the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to authorize an investigation into the deaths of civilians during the government’s “war on drugs.”  Remulla stated he did not understand why the ICC “insist on entering the Philippines’ considering they have a ‘fully functioning judicial system”  and the country is no longer a member of the ICC. In response to being asked what the next actions were, Remulla stated they did not welcome the ICC’s decision, labelling the move ..read more
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Memphis police release body camera footage, disband elite unit following killing of Tyre Nichols
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by Luke Watkins | U. Pittsburgh School of Law, US
2d ago
The Memphis Police Department Saturday issued a statement immediately deactivating the SCORPION (Street Crimes Operations to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods) unit. All five officers involved in Tyre Nichols death are former members of the SCORPION unit. On Friday, the department released four separate videos of body cam and pole footage depicting Nichols’ death. All five officers involved have been terminated from their positions and charged with murder. The release of the videos has drawn national attention, with President Joe Biden echoing the wishes of Nichols’ family to keep protes ..read more
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US charges three men in Iran-backed assassination attempt of prominent critic
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by Sean Beeghly | U. Pittsburgh School of Law, US
2d ago
In a sealed indictment, the US Attorney General Friday charged three men in connection with an alleged assassination attempt of a well-known critic of Iran’s government on US soil. Rafat Amirov, Polad Omarov and Khalid Mehdiyev face three federal charges: murder for hire, conspiracy to commit murder for hire and money laundering conspiracy. The charges carry a maximum combined sentence of 40 years imprisonment. Mehdiyev faces an additional five years for an unlawful possession of a defaced firearm charge. Court documents do not name the intended victim. Amirov and Omarov allegedly recruited Me ..read more
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Colorado court denies appeal of baker who refused to bake cake for transgender woman
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by Sharon Basch | U. Pittsburgh School of Law, US
2d ago
The Colorado Court of Appeals Thursday denied a baker’s appeal over his refusal to bake a transgender birthday cake. Masterpiece Cakeshop, run by Jack Phillips, was denied an appeal following the trial court’s ruling that the shop discriminated against Autumn Scardina when they refused to bake and sell her a blue and pink birthday cake. When ordering the cake, Phillips agreed to provide the custom cake until Scardina shared the symbolism of her color choice—that it represented her transgender identity. After determining that the colors of the cake, along with no symbols or writing, did not vio ..read more
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Leaked database shows mass human rights violations in El Salvador, says Human Rights Watch
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by Aimee Woodmass | Newcastle Law School, GB
2d ago
Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Friday that a leaked database provided evidence of mass human rights abuses in El Salvador, including due process violations, extreme prison overcrowding, and deaths in custody. The database, likely obtained from the Ministry of Public Safety, is said to contain the names, ages, and genders of those prosecuted during the state of emergency, between March 2022 until August 2022. In March 2022, when the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly passed a state of emergency in response to a peak in gang violence, certain constitutional freedoms and fundamental rights becam ..read more
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Japan court orders compensation in forced sterilization case
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by Brandon W. MacDonald | U. Ottawa Faculty of Law, CA
3d ago
The Kumamoto District Court in Japan has ordered compensation to two people who were forcibly sterilized 40 years ago due to disability under the then-existing Eugenic Protection Law. The Kumamoto court Monday found the eugenics legislation to be unconstitutional and awarded ¥22 million ($170,000) in damages. Of the two, one was forced to undergo sterilization at the age of 10 years old. The second, while pregnant with her second child, was forced to have an abortion and sterilized because her first child had a disability. Enacted in 1948 post-war Japan, the Eugenic Protection Law’s objective ..read more
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Canada Supreme Court hands down varied rulings on firearm-related mandatory minimums
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by William Hibbitts | JURIST Staff
3d ago
The Supreme Court of Canada Friday published two opinions which respectively struck down the mandatory minimum sentence for discharging a firearm into a house and upheld the two mandatory minimums for armed robbery with a firearm. The court handed down both decisions simultaneously. In R v. Hills the court considered whether the four-year mandatory minimum sentence for discharging a firearm into a house unjustifiably contravenes Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 12 of the Charter guarantees the right to be free from “cruel and unusual treatment or punishment ..read more
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California State Bar seeks to disbar John Eastman in his involvement
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by Madeline Bruce | U. Pittsburgh School of Law, US
3d ago
The State Bar of California Thursday filed a notice of disciplinary charges against attorney John Eastman for his involvement with former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. In the notice, Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona stated that Eastman violated his obligation under section 6068 of the state bar’s Business and Profession Code, which outlines that attorneys must uphold the US Constitution and laws by engaging in appropriate conduct as outlined in the code. State bar officials contend that, by assisting Trump in his strategy to overturn the results of the 2020 ..read more
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