Legal news from Thursday, April 28, 2011

[JURIST] The Indiana House of Representatives [official website] approved legislation [HB 1210, PDF] 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 "[d]etermine in accordance with accepted medical standards … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [BNA report]. The killings were committed last month during mass anti-government protests. Rights activists have expressed concern that the verdict … [read more]

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Senate [official website] on Wednesday approved HB 1446 [materials], 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) [official profiles], makes … [read more]

[JURIST] A Costa Rican court on Wednesday found the country's former president Miguel Angel Rodriguez [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] 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) [official website], accepted more than $800,000 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a challenge to the federal health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive] for lack of standing. The suit was brought by Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder [official website] … [read more]

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