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Supreme Court dismisses company’s cruel and unusual punishment claim

In January 2020, the Supreme Court of Canada heard a case that made headlines because it raised a provocative question: Can corporations be subject to cruel and unusual punishment?




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While the question might strike the ordinary person as amusing, by the time the Attorney General of Québec vs. 9147-0732 Québec Inc. case arrived at Canada’s top court, the stakes were high. That’s because some established elements of corporate and criminal law were thrown into doubt when the case was decided by a 2-1 majority) of the Québec Court of Appeal in favour of a Québec contracting company.

The company had challenged what it thought was an unreasonably high mandatory minimum fine that it claimed could push it into bankruptcy. It argued the fine, upwards of $30,000, was an over-the-top consequence for doing renovation work without a

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UK Supreme Court To Hear Case Over ‘IS Bride’ Return

Britain’s Supreme Court will on Monday hear the case of a woman stripped of her UK citizenship after joining the Islamic State in Syria, who wants to return to appeal the ruling.

The government in July won its bid to have the country’s highest court consider whether Shamima Begum, 20, should be allowed to return to the UK to pursue an appeal over her revoked citizenship.

Earlier in July, three senior Court of Appeal judges ruled Begum should be allowed to come to Britain for the legal challenge.

But one judge said the Supreme court should consider the government’s appeal because it raised “points of law of general public importance”.

Begum was 15 when she and two other schoolgirls from Bethnal Green in east London left home to join the jihadist group on February 17, 2015.

She claims she married a Dutch convert soon after arriving in IS-held territory. She

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The Trump campaign’s lawyers said they are ‘thankful’ to the judge who dismissed their election case in Pennsylvania so they can get it to the Supreme Court more quickly



Rudy Giuliani wearing a suit and tie: Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference held by Donald Trump in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images


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Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference held by Donald Trump in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

  • The Trump campaign’s lawyers said in a statement that they are “thankful” to the judge who dismissed their Pennsylvania campaign lawsuit in a scathing opinion on Saturday.
  • Judge Matthew Brann threw out the lawsuit and said it was attempting to disenfranchise 7 million people without providing any good reason to do so.
  • Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis said the decision “turns out to help us in our strategy to get expeditiously to the US Supreme Court.”
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The Trump campaign said in a statement that they are “thankful” to the judge who dismissed their Pennsylvania campaign lawsuit in a scathing opinion on Saturday.

The lawsuit sought to block Pennsylvania from certifying the vote

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Trump campaign loses in Pennsylvania Supreme Court as Giuliani seeks to salvage federal election case

President Trump made a rare post-election public appearance in the White House Rose Garden on Friday.


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The Trump campaign faced further setbacks Tuesday in its attempt to overturn the election result in Pennsylvania, casting further doubt on the president’s longshot attempt to win a second term in the courts.

In a 5-2 ruling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s decision that ordered election observers in Philadelphia to be allowed within 6 feet of tables where ballots were being counted.

The court concluded that the Philadelphia Board of Elections rules “did not deprive [Trump campaign] poll watchers of the ability to actually observe the process in any meaningful way.”

In a separate federal lawsuit, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani stepped in at the last minute to present arguments in a case that was supposed to address complaints that some Pennsylvania counties, but not others, allowed political

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Racine school closure order challenged in Wisconsin Supreme Court | Latest News

RACINE — A group of local private schools, parents and advocacy groups represented by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty are challenging the City of Racine Health Department’s school closure order in Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The order, issued by Racine’s Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox, would close all school buildings within its jurisdiction from Nov. 27 to Jan. 15 in an effort to keep COVID-19 from spreading in schools during the holiday season. The City Health Department covers Racine, Elmwood Park and Wind Point.

In its petition, WILL, a conservative nonprofit legal group based in Milwaukee, asks the Supreme Court to immediately put a halt to the order until a conclusion is reached in a similar case before the court regarding a public health order closing schools in Dane County. In September, the court put a temporary halt to Dane County’s health order until the case is concluded. That

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Supreme Court weighs public records law as Sierra Club challenges FOIA exemptions

The Supreme Court on Monday heard a case likely to have implications for whether federal agencies can withhold from the public documents showing the government’s internal deliberations.

The case was brought by the Sierra Club after it was denied documents associated with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) water intake regulation that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) initially determined would be harmful to endangered species.

The EPA took that draft opinion under advisement, ultimately drafting a rule the service found would not adversely affect protected species.

At stake in the case are the deliberations that took place at FWS and whether the government is obligated to turn over documents that can show heated debates over government policies.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows agencies to withhold documents that show internal deliberations. This is designed to encourage frank and open discussion on policies. It’s an exemption used frequently by all

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Supreme Court agrees to hear California grower’s challenge to state farm labor law

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Supreme Court justices will consider whether union organizers’ right to go on agricultural land violates landowners’ private property rights. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a property rights challenge to a 45-year-old California labor law that allows union organizers to go on farmland to speak with workers at the start of their day or during a lunch break.

Several growers backed by the California Farm Bureau contend the law should be struck down as unconstitutional because it amounts to the government taking private property.

Lawyers for the Pacific Legal Foundation, who filed the appeal, called it a “union trespass law.”

“The Constitution forbids government from requiring you to allow unwanted strangers onto your property. And union activists are no exception,” said Joshua Thompson, a senior attorney at Pacific Legal. “California’s regulation that allows them to do so violates property owners’ fundamental right to

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The Future Of Cybersecurity Law Hinges On The Supreme Court

Later this month, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear Van Buren v. United States, a case long-awaited by the cybersecurity community on the nation’s primary anti-hacking law, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The Court’s decision on Section 1030(a)(2) will determine whether companies can block researchers from analyzing systems to uncover vulnerabilities, pinpoint cybercrime sources and warn of potential bad actors and fraud schemes. Such findings help to protect us and improve the cybersecurity efforts of both public and private sector organizations. The Court’s ruling will either be a significant win for the security community, setting the legal parameters for legitimate security research or a detrimental roadblock, pushing security researchers into perilous situations and society into the digital Dark Ages. 

The CFAA currently prohibits intentionally accessing a computer without authorization or in excess of authorization, but fails to define what “without authorization” and “exceed

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‘I feel like I won my first Supreme Court case’

Exuding sheer intellect, piercing passion and tenacity, Norman Manley Law School student Chevant Hamilton is already impacting the nation, with hopes of changing the world.

As we engage this pandemic, for many of us, the last thing on our minds would be a competition. However, the ardent legal savant decided to compete in the Intellectual Property Caribbean Association’s (IPCA) essay competition – and he won!

“I decided to enter the essay competition because I was inherently interested in intellectual property [IP] law,” Hamilton told the Jamaica Observer. “I also wanted to enter a competition at the law school. Receiving the congratulations from well-wishers, family and friends made me feel as if I had won my first case in the Supreme Court. It was a very exhilarating feeling.”

The IPCA was established to create a platform where legal practitioners could develop greater communication and collaboration on intellectual property matters

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Kunal Kamra to Face Contempt of Court Case For Criticising Supreme Court, Attorney General KK Venugopal Gives Consent For Criminal Proceedings

New Delhi, November 12: Attorney General KK Venugopal has given consent to initiate criminal proceedings against stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra for contempt of court. Now, Kunal Kamra will face the contempt of court case for his tweets criticising the Supreme Court and Justice DY Chandrchud for ordering the release of Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on interim bail.

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Two Pune-based advocates and a law student sought the Attorney General’s consent to initiate contempt proceedings against Kamra who had criticised the Supreme Court for granting bail to Arnab Goswami. The apex court granted him bail following his arrest on November 4 in a case of abetment to suicide of Mumbai architect Anvay M. Naik and his mother Kumud Naik on May 5, 2018, in Alibaug.

Reacting to the top court’s order, Kamra

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