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Legal news from Thursday, February 2, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The Virginia Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that would require a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound before the procedure. The new requirements include the audio provision of fetal heartbeat and a determination of the gestational age of the fetus. Additionally, a written record must be created to indicate that …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ruled that it will not release video recordings from Perry v. Schwarzenegger, California's 2010 trial which declared Proposition 8, the state's same-sex marriage ban, to be unconstitutional. In reversing the opinion of the US District Court for the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Four accused assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri will be tried in absentia, a UN tribunal said Wednesday. The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said Wednesday that after considering the efforts taken by the prosecution and the authorities to apprehend the suspects, they would move forward with the trial. The four alleged Hezbollah members are accused of …

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by Jennie Ryan

Lawyers for a suspect in the USS Cole bombing being held at Guantanamo Bay filed a motion Tuesday with the military commission overseeing detainee cases seeking to subpoena the president of Yemen for questioning. Lawyers for alleged al Qaeda senior leader Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri filed the motions seeking to question Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh while he is in the …

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by Jamie Reese

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Thursday about excessive force used by Senegalese authorities in response to protests that ensued after the announcement of presidential candidates. Reports of shooting at protestors have caused the death of at least one police officer and four other people this week. The reports were "disturbing" …

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by Jennie Ryan

An Iraq war veteran filed suit Wednesday in the US District Court for the Central District of California against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after it refused to pay her full disability benefits because she is in a same-sex marriage. Tracy Cooper-Harris, who served in the US Army for over …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to appear in court on February 13 for a formal indictment on contempt charges. Gilani has failed to comply with the court's order to reopen a corruption case against President Asif Ali Zardari, but Gilani maintains …

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by Julia Zebley

The Washington state Senate approved Senate Bill 6239 to legalize same-sex marriage by a vote of 28–21 late Wednesday evening. Washington currently grants expanded domestic partnership rights rather than full marriage or civil union rights to same-sex couples. Several amendments affording protection of religious objection to same-sex marriage were added to …

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