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Legal news from Friday, August 12, 2011
by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled 2-1 Friday that the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional. Although the decision in the US District Court for the Northern District of Florida rejected the entirety of the …

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by Julia Zebley

The Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday ended a two-year injunction on portions of a law that restricted abortion practices. The original injunction by the Maricopa County Superior Court held the following provisions as "undue burdens" on a woman's right to an abortion: prohibitions on anyone …

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by Julia Zebley

The District Court of Rotterdam sentenced five Somali men on Friday to prison terms ranging from four to seven years for acts of maritime piracy. All five of the sentenced pirates were discovered in a navy supply ship off the coast of Somalia earlier this year, and while all …

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by Julia Zebley

Relatives of former Tunisian president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali were sentenced on Friday, while one notable ally, his security chief Ali al-Seriati, was acquitted on charges of forgery. All were sentenced on varying charges related to aiding Ben Ali and his wife Leila's escape from the nation in January. …

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by Julia Zebley

The president of the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) made a public plea on Thursday for the four men wanted for killing former prime minister Rafik Hariri to turn themselves in. Judge Antonio Cassese guaranteed a fair trial and adequate representation and pressed Lebanese citizens to allow the STL …

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by Julia Zebley

The Kiev Appeals Court on Friday refused the appeal by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko of her detention for contempt charges. The judge stated Tymoshenko had no legal grounds to contest her recent arrest. Tymoshenko plans on appealing to both the Ukraine Supreme Court …

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by Julia Zebley

Convicted Nazi commander Josef Scheungraber, 93, will likely not serve his life sentence due to mental health issues. Scheungraber has consistently claimed innocence, and his lawyer, Gunter Widmaier, has been appealing his conviction since 2009. It was only recently that claims of mental inability to grasp the penal system surfaced, with the …

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by Dan Taglioli

A New York judge on Thursday dismissed a suit seeking to force an investigation of New York-licensed Guantanamo Bay psychologist Dr. John Leso for his development of interrogation techniques. The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) sued the New York State Department of Education …

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