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Judge Rules U.S. Must Allow ACLU Access To American Held In Iraq

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Good news, the government can’t deny legal counsel to an American citizen who’s being imprisoned indefinitely on no charges.

A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. must allow the American Civil Liberties Union access to an American citizen being held in U.S. military custody in Iraq, according to the AP.

An unidentified American suspected of fighting for the so-called Islamic State has been in U.S. custody for three months. But authorities have never charged the detainee and have denied the individual access to legal counsel. The military admitted back in November that the man did request a lawyer.

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White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting of unarmed black man

Ex-cop Slager gets 20 years in shooting of unarmed black manA white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Attorneys for ex-North Charleston Officer Michael Slager said he shot 50-year-old Walter Scott in self-defense after the two fought and Scott grabbed Slager’s stun gun. They said race didn’t play a role in the shooting and Slager never had any “racial animus” toward minorities.

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U.S. withdraws from U.N. migrant pact

US withdraws from UN migrant plan The U.S. officials told the United Nations it would withdraw from a global agreement on the treatment of migrants because it is "inconsistent" with U.S. immigration policies.

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations made the notification Saturday, two days before the start of a global conference on migration in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The United States signed the non-binding New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants in 2016 under President Barack Obama. Member states signing the pact pledged to uphold the rights of refugees, assist in resettlement, and provide access to education and jobs.

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Rabbis petition against Israel in support of Rohingya

Rabbis petition against Israel arms to Mayanmar

Amid a brutal campaign against Muslim-majority Rohingya in Myanmar, Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins did something he had never done before, signing a petition against the Israeli government to end arms supplies to the Myanmar military.

"Rabbis have a moral obligation to make their voice heard in such moral situations," Elkins, who holds Israeli and American citizenship, told Al Jazeera from Jerusalem.

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NY prosecutor indicted in 2012 police brutality cover-up

NY prosecutor indictedA district attorney in New York has been indicted on charges that he obstructed a federal civil rights investigation into the beating of a handcuffed prisoner by a police chief.

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (SPOH'-tuh) is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on the charge. The chief of the district attorney's anti-corruption bureau was also indicted.

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Federal court says undocumented teen can get abortion

Judge Patricia Millett clears way for undocumented teem to get abortionA federal appeals court reversed itself Tuesday and ruled that the Trump administration cannot prevent an undocumented teenage girl from getting an abortion.

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 6-3 that the 17-year-old girl, identified as J.D. and represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, does not need to secure a sponsor or leave the country in order to end her pregnancy.

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ACLU to Pentagon: Turn Over Suspected American ISIS Fighter to Civilian Court

Amrican ISIS prisoner should be tried in civilian prison: ASLUThe detention of an unnamed U.S. citizen held by the military as an enemy combatant is increasingly a legal and human-rights emergency, national security lawyers and civil libertarian activists say—and a bellwether case for the unsettled question of what terrorism captures in Donald Trump’s administration will look like.

The executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, Anthony Romero, wrote on Friday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to urge the U.S. citizen’s  transfer to civilian custody, calling his military detention “unlawful as a matter of domestic law.”

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