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Legal news from Wednesday, August 31, 2011

[JURIST] An Idaho woman has filed suit seeking to prevent prosecution of other women under the state's standing abortion [JURIST news archive] laws. Mother of three Jennie Linn McCormack was prosecuted earlier this year [Reuters report] under a 1972 state law that makes it a felony to end one's own … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] 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 [corporate websites]. The agency filed suit [press release] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia … [read more]

[JURIST] 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) [advocacy website] report [PDF] released Wednesday. All of the victims were detained because of actual or suspected involvement in the protests … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Texas [official website] on Tuesday blocked [decision, PDF] several provisions of a new Texas law that restricts abortion [JURIST news archive] practices and requires a doctor to perform a sonogram prior to the procedure. The Center for … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bolivian Supreme Court of Justice [official website, in Spanish] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that an Iowa girl born two years after her father's death was not entitled to his Social Security [official website] benefits. After the death of her husband, Patti Beeler used in vitro fertilization (IVF) … [read more]

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