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Polish Constitutional Court Strikes Down New Rules on Court

  • Associated Press

Andrzej Rzeplinski, right, head of Poland's Constitutional Court and a judge attend a session at the Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw, Poland, March 8, 2016.

Andrzej Rzeplinski, right, head of Poland's Constitutional Court and a judge attend a session at the Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw, Poland, March 8, 2016.

Poland's Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that a raft of new laws regulating the court are unconstitutional.

With its ruling Wednesday, the county's top legislative court weighed in on a legal crisis that has upended politics in the country and brought sharp condemnation from European and U.S. authorities.

The court ruled that many of the laws passed late last year that fundamentally change how the court functions breach Poland's constitution.

Critics say that the changes have paralyzed the court, effectively preventing it from acting as a check on the power of the ruling, conservative Law and Justice party.

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