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Legal news from Wednesday, August 31, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

An Idaho woman has filed suit seeking to prevent prosecution of other women under the state's standing abortion laws. Mother of three Jennie Linn McCormack was prosecuted earlier this year under a 1972 state law that makes it a felony to end one's own pregnancy, and is now challenging both that law and Idaho's …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday filed a civil antitrust lawsuit to block the proposed $39 billion acquisition of cellular carrier T-Mobile USA by telecom giant AT&T. The agency filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia and seeks to prevent AT&T from acquiring T-Mobile …

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by Ashley Hileman

At least 88 individuals have been killed while in custody as a result of their participation in the ongoing protests in Syria, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. All of the victims were detained because of actual or suspected involvement in the protests for reform, most of which have been nonviolent, that began …

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by Ashley Hileman

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas on Tuesday blocked several provisions of a new Texas law that restricts abortion practices and requires a doctor to perform a sonogram prior to the procedure. The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a challenge to the …

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by Julia Zebley

The Bolivian Supreme Court of Justice on Tuesday convicted seven officials—five military officers and two former cabinet ministers—of committing genocide. The military officials received sentences of 10–15 years while the former cabinet ministers received three-year sentences for complicity in the murders. The convicted leaders are not permitted an appeal. One …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Monday that an Iowa girl born two years after her father's death was not entitled to his Social Security benefits. After the death of her husband, Patti Beeler used in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive the child, known as BEB, with …

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