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Legal news from Thursday, April 28, 2011
by Jennie Ryan

The Indiana House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday banning abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy, citing the possibility that after that point the fetus may be able to feel pain. Under HB 1210, a physician must "etermine in accordance with accepted medical standards the postfertilization age of the fetus and which trimester the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A court in Bahrain on Thursday sentenced four protesters to death for their roles in the killing of two police officers. Three others were sentenced to life in prison. The killings were committed last month during mass anti-government protests. Rights activists have expressed concern that the verdict could lead to intensified protests and violence. Amnesty …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved HB 1446, a bill creating a criminal penalty for undocumented workers who hold jobs and criminalizing the transportation of those workers into the state. The bill, written by Representative George Faught (R) and Senator Ron Justice (R), makes it a misdemeanor for undocumented immigrants to hold jobs or …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Costa Rican court on Wednesday found the country's former president Miguel Angel Rodriguez guilty of corruption charges and sentenced him to five years imprisonment. Rodriguez, who also served as Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), accepted more than $800,000 in bribes from global telecommunications company Alcatel-Lucent [corporate …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to the federal health care reform law for lack of standing. The suit was brought by Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and six other citizens who alleged that the Patient Protection …

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