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Legal news from Saturday, February 17, 2007

[JURIST] Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates [official profile] of the ruling Socialist party [party website, in Portuguese] said Saturday that the Portuguese Parliament [official website, in Portuguese] could pass legislation to loosen its strict abortion law [text, in Portuguese] by the end of March. Low voter turnout undermined [JURIST report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Committee to Protect Journalists [advocacy website] urged the Philippines government Friday to drop sedition charges [press release] against Daily Tribune [media website] publisher Ninez Cacho-Olivarez [profile] and columnists Ramon Seneres and Herman Tiu-Laurel. The journalists were charged with incitement to sedition [SEAPA report] earlier this week for having … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani judge, five lawyers, court officials and relatives of prisoners on trial were among 15 people killed when a suicide bomber attacked a district court while it was in session in Quetta, Pakistan on Saturday. Over 24 were wounded and authorities have not yet determined who was responsible … [read more]

[JURIST] New Jersey Attorney General Stuart Rabner [official profile] issued an opinion [PDF text; press release] Friday concluding that same-sex marriages and civil unions [JURIST news archives] from out-of-state jurisdictions will be afforded "all of the rights and benefits of marriage" under New Jersey's civil unions law [PDF text] that … [read more]

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke [official profile] ruled Friday that US military lawyer, prison doctors and staff must testify at a hearing next week concerning the treatment of Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] while under military custody. Cooke determined that because the US Bureau of Prisons [official … [read more]

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