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Legal news from Saturday, December 24, 2011
by Sarah Posner

The Cuban government announced Friday that the country will grant amnesty to and free 2,900 prisoners including those convicted of political crimes. The announcement was motivated by humanitarian concerns, in an effort by President Raul Castro to establish good will in anticipation of a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba scheduled for next spring. Alan Gross, …

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by Sarah Posner

The European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Saturday criticized the outcome of the appeals case for former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, announced December 23. Ashton voiced concern over Tymoshenko's prior trial, alleging that the appeals process did not address the failures of the original trial …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday rejected a controversial South Carolina voter identification law. The DOJ has authority under the Voting Rights Act to screen new voter laws in states with a history of discriminatory voter practices. The South Carolina law, enacted to prevent voter fraud, would have …

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by Sung Un Kim

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Thursday signed into law a bill prohibiting public employers from providing medical or other fringe benefits to their employees' domestic partners. Snyder provided a signing statement noting that a new definition of public employer in the bill excludes university employees. He said this is necessary based on …

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