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Legal news from Thursday, February 24, 2011
by Julia Zebley

The Kansas House of Representatives on Thursday approved several new restrictions on abortion. Bills 2035 and 2281 passed overwhelmingly, in voice votes of 96 to 25 and 91 to 30, respectively. If the bills are approved by the Senate, Kansas residents will not be able to …

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by Daniel Makosky

The trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday declined a request from lawyers for accused Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo to stay the proceedings against him. The trial chamber, in a confidential ruling, rejected contentions of prosecutorial misconduct levied by Lubanga's defense team, including …

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by Daniel Richey

A group of law professors asked Congress Wednesday to extend the Code of Conduct for United States Judges to apply to the Supreme Court. In a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Comittees, more than 100 law professors representing 67 schools urged Congress to advance legislation to apply the Code …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The number of hate groups in the US rose to more than 1,000 during 2010, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC reports this is the first time that these types of groups have exceeded 1,000 since the it started its monitoring in the 1980s. According …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) signed the same-sex civil unions bill into law on Wednesday, legalizing same-sex civil unions in the state. The legislation will go into effect on January 1, 2012, and extends the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to …

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by Ann Riley

The Indiana Senate on Tuesday approved a bill by a vote of 31-18, proposing a strict illegal immigration policy comparable to the controversial Arizona law. The bill would require individuals suspected of being illegal to provide proof of their legal status and calls for all public …

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by Ann Riley

Former Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Abel-Jalil on Wednesday alleged that Muammar Gaddafi ordered the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen. During the 40-minute interview, Abel-Jalil, who resigned earlier this week in opposition of the country's violent response to protesters, …

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