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Legal news from Friday, September 9, 2011
by Michael Haggerson

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Friday over increased ethnic violence in Nigeria's "Middle Belt" region between Christians and Muslims. The report states that up to 70 people have been killed since August, and, in order to stop cycles of violence, local authorities must work to …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Supreme Court of Mississippi on Thursday ruled that an initiative seeking to redefine personhood can be placed on the November 2011 general election ballot. The initiative, Measure 26, would amend the Mississippi Constitution to define the word "person" or "persons" to include "every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the …

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by Sarah Posner

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday dismissed two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In Virginia v. Sebelius, the court held that Virginia lacked standing to sue and vacated the judgment of the district court, …

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by Sarah Posner

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Thursday that France's ban on the cultivation of a genetically modified (GM) maize was illegal. Although France has the right to impose a ban on GM maize, the court stated that France acted illegally by not following proper EU protocol. In order to …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UK Department of Health (DH) announced Thursday that it will lift the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with other men. Britain introduced the lifetime ban in the 1980s in an effort to quell the proliferation of HIV and AIDS. Men who have not had sex with …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O'Connor, on Thursday announced the formation of a joint task force between the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio State Bar Association that will review the procedures surrounding Ohio's death penalty law. O'Connor indicated that the task force was being created …

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by Hillary Stemple

The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) on Thursday filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Eastern District of North Carolina challenging a North Carolina state law authorizing the use of pro-life license plates as a violation of the First Amendment. In June, the North Carolina General …

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