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Legal news from Wednesday, June 29, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa announced on Wednesday that an independent commission will investigate human rights violations related to the country's pro-democracy protests. During a televised speech, Khalifa indicated that he had ordered a committee under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Prime Minister to look into abuses that took place in Bahrain …

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by Julia Zebley

Oman's Misdemeanour Court of First Instance in Muscat sentenced 13 protesters on Wednesday, handing five-year sentences to seven of the activists. Those seven were charged with shutting down a government organization. Six others were given fines and between three and four-month sentences for blocking roads and assaulting government employees. An additional 55 were …

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by Zach Zagger

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller filed a notice of appeal Tuesday challenging a preliminary injunction blocking parts of a state law denying that medicaid funds go to Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN). The state is challenging a decision in the US District Court for the Southern District …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday transferred the case of former Rwandan pastor Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi to the Republic of Rwanda to be tried in the Rwandan national court system under Rule 11 bis, which authorizes the transfer of cases to appropriate national jurisdictions. Though …

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by Julia Zebley

Gay rights groups Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to force the state of New Jersey to recognize and legalize same-sex marriage as opposed to its current Civil Unions Law. The suit was filed in the Mercer County Superior Court of New Jersey on behalf …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Ohio House of Representatives voted 54-43 on Tuesday to approve legislation that would prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable, which could occur as early as six weeks into the pregnancy. The "heartbeat bill" provides no exceptions for rape, incest or the life or health of the mother. The law effectively …

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by Julia Zebley

Ivory Coast Justice Minister Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, allowing an investigation into political violence to proceed and pledging cooperation with the ICC. As the Ivory Coast is not a member state of the ICC because it is not a signatory of the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging licensing and regulation laws for doctors who provide abortions in Kansas. The suit, filed on behalf of two doctors, alleges that regulations issued by the Kansas Department of Health were intended to shut down the …

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by Zach Zagger

Bank of America (BOA) announced Wednesday that it has agreed to pay $8.5 billion to settle claims that it sold bad securities contributing to the housing market collapse. The securities, called first-lien residential mortgage-backed securitization, were issued by the BOA unit Countrywide Financial Corporation, which it purchased for $4 billion in 2008. The …

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