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Legal news from Saturday, January 28, 2012
by Michael Haggerson

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled on Friday that the Stolen Valor Act (SVA), which criminalizes the act of falsely claiming to have received a medal from the US military, is constitutional and not a violation of the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The SVA imposes a …

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by Michael Haggerson

The UN told Maldives on Saturday that Judge Abdulla Mohamed must either be charged or released from indefinite detention. Mohamed was arrested for corruption in an unprecedented move by the military, following a ruling to release a government critic. Mohamed is also accused of obstructing police investigations and having ties to organized crime. The …

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by Jamie Davis

A UN expert on violence against women urged Italy on Friday that it must do more to end violence against women, primarily by focusing at underlying causes of gender discrimination in Italian society. UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo made her recommendation after a 12-day visit to Italy during which …

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by Jamie Davis

The Cabinet of the Netherlands announced on Friday that a ban on burqas in the Netherlands will go forward later this year. The ban, proposed in September and heavily supported by Geert Wilders' anti-Islam Freedom Party, is aimed at prohibiting burqas and other face coverings. Deputy Prime Minister Maxime …

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