EPA releases new emissions standards rollback plans; 19 state AGs promise to sue

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) formally unveiled plans [text, PDF] Thursday to rollback fuel economy standards previously aimed at bringing cars and small trucks to 50 miles per gallon by 2025. The new plan will freeze 2020 mileage targets, which are about 30 miles per gallon, for

UN experts condemn Trump’s attacks on media

UN experts on freedom of expression on Thursday condemned [press release] US President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media, saying that the attacks are “strategic, designed to undermine confidence in reporting and raise doubts about verifiable facts.” The experts emphasized the importance of the free press, and urged Trump to end these attacks and condemn his

UK judge allows dissolution of religious marriage

A judge in the UK’s high court ruled [judgment] Wednesday that there were grounds for a dissolution of a religious marriage that was not recognized by British law. The wife filed for divorce against her husband in 2016, alleging there were grounds for her to claim some of the assets, all of which were in

Law enforcement the focus of latest Cabarrus Summit

Law enforcement officials from around Cabarrus County discussed the successes and challenges facing public safety during the second Cabarrus Summit of 2018, held recently at the Cabarrus Arena and Event Center. Cabarrus County Sheriff Brad Riley spoke at the event, along with Kannapolis Police Chief Woody Chavis and Concord Police Chief Gary Gacek.

US accuses Russia of ‘pervasive’ election meddling

(LawSiteBlog)  (Reported by BBC) US national security chiefs have lined up to warn American democracy is in the “crosshairs” of foreign adversaries for elections in 2018 and 2020. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said: “We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign by Russia to weaken and divide the US.” Mr Coats said the

Zimbabwe’s leader says observers ‘disappointed’

Zimbabwe’s president says international election observers have told him they are “disappointed with the events of yesterday” that left at least six people dead. President Emmerson Mnangagwa tells the state broadcaster the observers met with him and expressed their concerns about Wednesday’s chaos in the capital when the military dispersed opposition supporters with gunfire. The

International Religious Freedom Summit Fails to Mask Trump’s Scorn for Human Rights

(Lawsiteblog) The media came back to the US President Donald Trump. He declared the media spreading the wrong news as a public enemy. Last year's president, Enanha Trump, had declared misleading people as an enemy on which President Trump tweeted that if the media spread out the wrong news, he is also an enemy of the public. It is clear that relations between the US President and the journalists were endangered since days, some time ago, Donald Trump refused to answer a journalist's question during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Thessaleme.

(lawsiteblog) From degrading disabled people, women, LGBT individuals, and other minorities to the forsaking of the United Nation Human Rights Council, and from separating migrant families to the coddling of authoritarians and racists, this presidency consistently ridicules human rights. It follows that the State Department’s first international conference to Advance Religious Freedom might trigger a

Manafort trial begins

(Lawsiteblog) The trial [NYT report] of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort began on Tuesday. The indictment [indictment, PDF] alleges that Manafort and Richard Gates, a former deputy chair of the Trump campaign and liaison to the Republican National Committee who has already plead guilty to the charges, acted as unregistered agents of Ukraine and

UK Supreme Court rules patients can be taken off feeding tubes without court approval

(Lawsiteblog) The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that in cases where a patient is in a permanent vegetative state [NHS backgrounder], the patient may be taken off life support, including feeding tubes, without court approval if both the relatives and the doctors are in agreement. The UK Court of Protection will still issue a ruling in cases where

Supreme Court allows climate change lawsuit against US

The US Supreme Court [official website] rejected [order] a petition [text, PDF] from the US Solicitor General requesting an administrative stay of an environmental lawsuit regarding climate change. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court District of Oregon [official website] by a group of individuals between the ages of eight and 19, alleges that US policies over

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