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Legal news from Tuesday, February 14, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

The New Jersey Senate on Monday voted 24-16 to approve the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act, a bill which, if enacted, would legalize same-sex marriage in the state. Under the bill, marriage would be defined as the "legally recognized union of two consenting persons in a committed relationship." The legislation would not …

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by Brandon Gatto

A Tunisian court on Tuesday dropped charges against former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi for illegally entering the country, but the former figurehead under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi remains in jail until a final decision on his extradition to Libya. The court dismissed the charges after …

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by Sung Un Kim

A local Chinese court in Xiamen on Monday indicted Lai Changxing on charges of bribing Chinese government officials and running a Xiamen-based network that smuggled large quantities of goods during the 1990s. As chairman of the Yuanhua Group in Xiamen, Lai allegedly smuggled billions of dollars worth of various goods including cigarettes and cars, as …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday heard oral arguments from minority student advocates who urged the court to reconsider California's voter-approved ban on affirmative action based on race or gender preferences in education and state hiring. The ban, Proposition 209, has been upheld by California courts as a race-neutral measure. Though …

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by Max Slater

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday, called for the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Pillay urged an investigation of Syrian government and military officials for possible crimes against humanity. …

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by Max Slater

The US Department of State (DOS) on Monday dispatched a team of international law experts to Haiti to assess how to reinforce the Haitian judiciary's power and independence, according to Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille. Conille said that one of the experts' goals would be to investigate a ruling involving former …

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by Jamie Davis

Apple requested that the US District Court for the Northern District of California grant a preliminary injunction against Samsung on Wednesday, to block the company from selling its new phone, the Galaxy Nexus. The smartphone uses Google's newest version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich, …

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