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Legal news from Friday, August 29, 2008
by Joe Shaulis

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday ruled that a Minnesota school district must give a student group advocating gay rights the same access to school facilities as other groups. Two students belonging to Straights and Gays for Equality (SAGE) sued the Osseo Area School …

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by Joe Shaulis

Pakistani Law Minister Farooq H. Naek told reporters Thursday that ousted Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry cannot be reinstated because the current chief justice was legitimately appointed. Naek said that Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar should be recognized as holding the office and that …

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by Joe Shaulis

Two former generals were convicted Thursday of killing a senator during the so-called "dirty war" in Argentina and have been sentenced to life terms of house arrest. A court in Tucuman province found Antonio Bussi and Luciano Menendez guilty of kidnapping, torturing and murdering Guillermo …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Mexican Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a law permitting first-trimester abortions in Mexico City does not violate the Mexican Constitution. The federal attorney general and the National Human Rights Commission brought a lawsuit …

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by Devin Montgomery

Former Bosnian Serb leader and war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic again refused to enter a plea  on Friday to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in a hearing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The judge presiding over the hearing, Iain Bonomy entered a …

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by Joe Shaulis

A federal jury on Thursday acquitted former US Marine Sgt. Jose Luis Nazario Jr. of voluntary manslaughter and other charges in the first civilian trial for crimes allegedly committed by a member of the US military in Iraq. After six hours of deliberation, a jury in US District Court for the Central …

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by Devin Montgomery

Bolivian President Evo Morales announced Thursday that a national referendum on his proposed reforms to the country's constitution will be held on December 7. If approved, the reforms would distribute more of Bolivia's land and energy resource income to the country's indigenous population. Morales said that a national referendum which permitted him to retain his …

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