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Legal news from Wednesday, April 13, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

A judge for Ontario's Superior Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that the country's marijuana laws are unconstitutional. Justice David Taliano invalidated [Globe & Mail report] the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR), finding that the program's mechanisms for licensing patients to access medical marijuana are insufficient. These inadequate licensing procedures led Taliano to also …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The lawyer for alleged Nazi concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk requested Wednesday that Demjanjuk's trial for accomplice to murder be suspended in order to investigate an Associated Press report stating that a recently declassified FBI field report questions the authenticity of key evidence used in the prosecution. Ulrich Busch, Demjanjuk's …

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by Sarah Posner

Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco announced Wednesday that the National Court would not investigate six Bush administration officials pursuant to torture claims from Guantanamo Bay, in response to a letter from the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The letter assured Spain that the US is investigating the treatment of detainees and has already …

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by Dan Taglioli

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) on Tuesday announced the signing of two pieces of legislation restricting abortions in the state. The Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act requires unemancipated minors to obtain notarized parental signatures before an abortion may be performed, and the "fetal pain bill" restricts …

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by Matt Glenn

Uruguay's Senate voted 16-15 Tuesday to overturn a 1986 law granting amnesty to members of the military junta that ruled the country between 1973 and 1985. The decision to repeal Uruguay's Expiry Law means that courts will be able to prosecute military leaders whom many claim …

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by Julia Zebley

The UN announced on Tuesday the completion of a report on allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the report would not be released until President Mahinda Rajapaksa has time to review it. This has prompted criticism from Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI), which demanded the report …

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