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Legal news from Saturday, February 17, 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates of the ruling Socialist party said Saturday that the Portuguese Parliament could pass legislation to loosen its strict abortion law by the end of March. Low voter turnout undermined last week's referendum on easing the abortion law, but the …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The Committee to Protect Journalists urged the Philippines government Friday to drop sedition charges against Daily Tribune publisher Ninez Cacho-Olivarez and columnists Ramon Seneres and Herman Tiu-Laurel. The journalists were charged with incitement to sedition earlier this week for having "continuously maligned and undermined the present administration." The journalists wrote …

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by Michael Sung

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 for the attack. On Thursday, Pakistani police announced the arrest …

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by Michael Sung

New Jersey Attorney General Stuart Rabner issued an opinion Friday concluding that same-sex marriages and civil unions from out-of-state jurisdictions will be afforded "all of the rights and benefits of marriage" under New Jersey's civil unions law that will come into effect on Monday, February 19. Same-sex civil …

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by Michael Sung

US District Judge Marcia Cooke ruled Friday that US military lawyer, prison doctors and staff must testify at a hearing next week concerning the treatment of Jose Padilla while under military custody. Cooke determined that because the US Bureau of Prisons evaluation that concluded Padilla was fit to stand trial …

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