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Legal news from Tuesday, September 13, 2011
by Sarah Posner

The North Carolina Legislature on Tuesday approved putting a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on a statewide ballot to be voted on in May. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 30-16 to place the proposed amendment on the ballot. The Senate voted on the measure after the House on Monday voted …

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by Sarah Posner

Three authors groups on Monday sued HathiTrust and five universities in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York over the digitizing of millions of copyright-protected books. The universities received permission from Google to scan approximately 7 million copyright-protected books and started a program allowing unlimited …

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by Jennie Ryan

Both the government of ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the newly formed National Transitional Council (NTC) have committed war crimes during the conflict in the country, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. The report alleges the Gaddafi regime has:committed serious violations of international humanitarian law (IHL), including war …

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by Jennie Ryan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday sent a report to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) accusing Sri Lankan troops of killing tens of thousands of civilians during clashes with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. The UN leader forwarded the report, compiled …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Egyptian protesters' recent attack on the Israeli Embassy has provoked the Egyptian government to reinstate emergency laws with expanded control over political demonstrations and media reporting. Emergency laws will also apply to blocking roads, publishing false information and possessing weapons. Special security courts, used by former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Tuesday filed an International Criminal Court (ICC) complaint against Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, for systematic sexual abuse and subsequent concealment of over 10,000 incidents. The group filed the complaint on behalf of clergy sex abuse survivors from the Survivors Network of those Abused …

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by Drew Singer

The US Court of Military Commission Review on Friday ruled that Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul, media secretary of Osama bin Laden, was properly convicted of being a propagandist and should spend the rest of this life in prison. The 7-0 vote rejects the 2009 appeal [brief, …

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by Drew Singer

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Monday heard arguments over whether state courts can consider international law—and in particular, Sharia law—in their decisions. State Question 755 allows state courts to look only to legal precedents of other states for guidance, provided that state does not use Islamic law. The amendment also …

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