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Legal news from Friday, May 27, 2011
by Julia Zebley

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a health care reform law on Friday that promises to make a state single-payer system. The law, designed to reform Vermont's entire health care system, will regulate health insurance premiums and health care provider payments, putting providers on a budget and rewarding them for efficiency, rather …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a South Dakota law requiring women to seek counseling at a pregnancy center and wait three days before obtaining an abortion. The law, signed by Governor Dennis Daugaard in March, is …

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by Julia Zebley

A South Korean court sentenced a Somali pirate to life in prison, and three others to varying long-term sentences on Friday, for hijacking a South Korean ship. A fifth pirate pleaded guilty and was tried separately. The five men were charged with hijacking, maritime robbery and six other crimes, and they went on trial earlier this week. …

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by Julia Zebley

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that a Polish woman who had been denied genetic testing and an abortion was subjected to "inhuman treatment." The court found violations to Articles 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and 8 (right to respect for private and family …

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by Julia Zebley

US President Obama signed a four-year extension of the Patriot Act late Thursday night, minutes before it was set to expire. The bill passed the US Senate 72-23, and shortly after passed the US House of Representatives by a vote of 250-153. Although …

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by Julia Zebley

A Serbian judge on Friday found Ratko Mladic fit for extradition, despite concerns about his age and health. Serbian authorities captured Ratko Mladic on Thursday, ending a 16-year manhunt for the former general colonel and commander of the army of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mladic's lawyer stated his …

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by Dan Taglioli

An Egyptian court on Thursday convicted a former housing minister of corruption and sentenced him to five years in prison. Ahmed al-Maghrabi was found guilty of illegal acquisition of state land for his part in the sale of the 18 acres of land to a prominent businessman, who was convicted in the same case and given a …

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by Dan Taglioli

A military tribunal in Rome has convicted three former German soldiers of multiple murders committed during World War II. The three men were tried in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment for their parts in the massacre of 184 civilians in the village of Padule di Fucecchio in Tuscany on August 23, 1944. The killings of 94 …

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