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Legal news from Wednesday, April 14, 2010
by Michael Kraemer

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) to end prison segregation based on HIV status. The ACLU and HRW jointly produced a report, which concluded that the prisoners face fundamental discrimination which amounts to "cruel, inhuman and …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Argentine relatives of Spanish citizens killed during the Spanish Civil War asked an Argentine federal court on Wednesday to open a judicial investigation into human rights violations committed during the early years of the Francisco Franco regime. The complainants contend that their case, alleging the regime's responsibility for …

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by David Manes

The Arizona House approved a bill Tuesday that would establish one of the strictest illegal immigration policies in the nation. The bill would criminalize being in the US without proper documentation and would give law enforcement officers increased ability to require individuals suspected of being illegal immigrants to provide …

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by Haley Wojdowski

A Chinese Intermediate People's Court in Chongqing on Wednesday sentenced former deputy police chief and high-ranking judicial official Wen Qiang to death. Wen was convicted of accepting bribes, protecting criminal gangs, rape, and being unable to justify his large amount of personal assets. The court's verdict stated that from 1996 to 2009 Wen accepted 12 million yuan …

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by Jay Carmella

The Cabinet of India has approved the Prevention of Torture Bill in an effort to move closer to international human rights standards. The bill, which experienced long delays before being passed last week, will now be introduced to the Indian Parliament. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh strongly supports the …

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by Erin Bock

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced Tuesday that Georgia will join 18 other states in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care bill. The lawsuit was originally filed last month in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida. McCollum …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Nebraska Legislature voted 44-5 on Tuesday to approve the Abortion Pain Prevention Act prohibiting an abortion at or past 20 weeks. The law is based on medical evidence that allegedly indicates a fetus can feel pain following that point and goes beyond the previous state law that prohibited abortions …

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by Brian Jackson

Zimbabwe's government on Wednesday declared void a law mandating that indigenous people have majority ownership in all businesses valued at over $500,000. The law took effect last month, but the country's stock market has since fallen 10 percent, causing concern that the law would drive away potential investors. The majority of firms within Zimbabwe that …

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by Tara Tighe

Interim Kyrgyz leader Roza Otunbayeva said Wednesday that ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev should stand trial for the violent protests that erupted in Kyrgyzstan last week. The protests, prompted in part by a drastic increase in utility costs, led to at least 84 deaths and many more injuries. It is not yet …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on Tuesday ordered a southern Mississippi school district to end its practice of allowing students to transfer from their assigned schools and classroom groupings, resulting in a segregated school system. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) initially brought a …

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