China executes 8 for separatist violence and related crimes

[JURIST] Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang [official website, in Chinese] executed eight individuals charged with terrorism- and separatism-related crimes on Saturday. According to a press release by China’s state-run news agency, the execution was conducted with approval [Xinhua report] by the Supreme People’s Court [official website, in Chinese]. Three of the executed individuals were sentenced during a mass trial [JURIST report] in May, in which 55 people were sentenced for terrorism-related charges before a crowd of more…

Source: http://jurist.org/paperchase/2014/08/china-executes-8-for-separatist-violence-and-related-crimes.php

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In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform ‘Voluntary Departures’

The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country.

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Source: http://www.npr.org/2014/08/27/343758290/in-settlement-homeland-security-agrees-to-reform-voluntary-departures?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=law

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UN rights chief cites potential war crimes in Iraq

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] reported [press release] on Monday that Islamic State (IS) fighters killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other crimes in Iraq that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. Pillay stated that IS has systematically targeted men, women and children based on their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliation. Pillay urged donors to send humanitarian aid to areas affected by the fighting. She also reminded both…

Source: http://jurist.org/paperchase/2014/08/un-rights-chief-cites-potential-war-crimes-in-iraq.php

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HRW: Mexico government should investigate military shootout

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called on [HRW report] the Mexican government to fully investigate the killing of 22 civilians by soldiers on June 30, following an alleged confrontation inside an empty warehouse in the municipality of Tlatlaya. All civilians involved in the incident were killed, while one soldier was injured. Credible witness reports have cast doubt on the news release and other official accounts of the incident [BBC report], suggesting that the soldiers may have…

Source: http://jurist.org/paperchase/2014/08/hrw-mexico-government-should-investigate-military-shootout.php

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General Motors Litigation Update

Recalls. Congressional Investigations. Litigation. General Motors (GM) has taken center stage over its ignition switch problem, which has been linked to drivers’ catastrophic injuries and in some cases, death. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes Attorney Jere Beasley, the senior member of the Beasley Allen Law Firm, to give an update on litigation involving the GM ignition switch problem and talk about the current investigation into General Motors.

Source: http://ringlerradio.com/?p=13812

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Indonesia high court upholds presidential election results

[JURIST] Indonesia’s highest court, the Indonesian Constitutional Court, ruled on Thursday that results from last month’s democratic presidential election naming Joko Widodo as the country’s president elect will stand. The court ruled unanimously to uphold Widodo’s victory by a 6 percent margin over Prabowo Subianto, who claimed widespread cheating and voter irregularities occurred in the election. Wikodo, age 53, currently serves as the governor of Jakarta, and it is believed his victory marks the beginning of a shift toward a…

Source: http://jurist.org/paperchase/2014/08/indonesia-high-court-rules-in-favor-of-last-months-presidential-election.php

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Obama Orders Review Of Military Equipment Sales To Police

In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.

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Source: http://www.npr.org/2014/08/24/342873621/obama-orders-review-of-military-equipment-sales-to-police?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=law

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Heidi Alexander Interviews Lawducate Founder Kelli Proia at Mass LOMAP Conference

Heidi Alexander, co-host of The Legal Toolkit, interviews Kelli Proia, founder of the legal business training organization Lawducate, during Mass LOMAP’s 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference. She explains how a law firm is like any business, and recommends lawyers put effort into marketing and outsource necessary areas like creating a website. Lawducate, one of the co-sponsoring organizations at Mass LOMAP, teaches fundamental business marketing and sales techniques to lawyers.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/special-reports/2014/07/heidi-alexander-interviews-lawducate-founder-kelli-proia-mass-lomap-conference

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The Federal Laws that Affect Workers Compensation Claims

When a workers’ compensation claim is made, there are many elements of federal law that get triggered. Among those elements are the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act. As an employer, navigating these intersecting laws can be a challenging task while running a business. On this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce interviews Melissa Fleischer from the HR Learning Center LLC. Together they discuss multiple federal components affecting workers’ compensation claim rights and duties. In addition they talk about when workers can be terminated, healthcare commitments under COBRA, and unpaid leave. Tune in to learn more about different paperwork requirements under the different federal laws plus much much more.
Melissa Fleischer, Esq. is the President and Founder of HR Learning Center LLC with 20 years of law practice experience specializing in employment discrimination litigation. Her HR consulting firm specializes in providing workplace solutions and training to employers on a wide range of legal and human resource management issues. She was previously associated with Epstein Becker and Green in NYC and served as a chapter editor for the Family and Medical Leave Act Treatise, published by the Bureau of National Affairs. Ms. Fleischer is also an adjunct faculty member with the Professional Development Center at SUNY/Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
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Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/workers-comp-matters/2014/06/federal-laws-affect-workers-compensation-claims

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Stanford Law?s Jeff Fisher Joins Okla. Same-Sex Marriage Team

Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher is the latest veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocate to become involved in the same-sex marriage issue as it reaches the doorstep of the high court.

Source: http://www.law.com/jsp/law/sign_me_in.jsp?article=http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202668094748&rss=newswire

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