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Legal news from Wednesday, April 13, 2011

[JURIST] A judge for Ontario's Superior Court of Justice [official website] ruled Wednesday that the country's marijuana laws are unconstitutional. Justice David Taliano invalidated [Globe & Mail report] the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) [text], finding that the program's mechanisms for licensing patients to access medical marijuana [JURIST news archive] … [read more]

[JURIST] The lawyer for alleged Nazi concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile, JURIST news archive] requested Wednesday that Demjanjuk's trial for accomplice to murder be suspended in order to investigate an Associated Press report [text] stating that a recently declassified FBI field report [FBI report image] questions the authenticity … [read more]

[JURIST] Spanish Judge Eloy Velasco announced Wednesday that the National Court would not investigate six Bush administration officials pursuant to torture claims from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], in response to a letter [text, PDF] from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website]. The letter assured Spain that the … [read more]

[JURIST] Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) [official website] on Tuesday announced the signing of two pieces of legislation restricting abortions [JURIST news archive] in the state. The Abortion Reporting Accuracy and Parental Rights Act [HB 2035, PDF] requires unemancipated minors to obtain notarized parental signatures before an abortion may be … [read more]

[JURIST] Uruguay's Senate [official website, in Spanish] voted 16-15 Tuesday to overturn a 1986 law [press release, in Spanish] granting amnesty to members of the military junta that ruled the country between 1973 and 1985. The decision [AP report] to repeal Uruguay's Expiry Law [text, in Spanish] means that courts … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN announced on Tuesday the completion of a report on allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said the report would not be released until President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website] has time to review it. This has prompted criticism from Human Rights … [read more]

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