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Legal news from Thursday, February 16, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

La Procura di Roma, the public prosecutors of Rome, has asked the Tribunale Ordinario di Roma to put former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his son on trial for tax evasion, judicial sources said on Thursday. La Procura is calling for a tribunal of Berlusconi and 11 others [La …

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by Jamie Reese

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called for the reduction of overcrowding to improve poor prison conditions in Latin America following a prison fire in Honduras. The fire occurred this past Tuesday and killed more than 300 inmates while injuring dozens more. According to HRW, Honduras prisoners suffer overcrowding which leads to poor prison conditions …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday voted to pass a bill that defines life as beginning at the moment of conception. The bill passed 34-8 and will advance to the State House for consideration. If passed, the bill would effectively ban abortions in the state. Oklahoma Senator Brian Bingman (R) [official …

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by Katherine Getty

Judge Ahmed Refaat will set the date to announce his verdict in a court session next Wednesday in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the judge told the court Thursday. Mubarak's lawyers will have their opportunity to make their final remarks at the Wednesday court session, in which they …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 5-2 to approve a proposed civil union bill [SB12-002 text, PDF], referring it to the Colorado Senate for a full vote. The bill gives same-sex couples the "all legal benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses" joined in marriage. On Wednesday, the Judiciary Committee heard testimony [JURIST …

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by Katherine Getty

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Thursday called on Syria to end to violence against civilians and possible crimes against humanity. During a speech in Vienna, Austria, the Secretary General said he had urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to make necessary changes before the unrest spread, but …

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by Jamie Reese

Philippine President Benigno Aquino called for public support Thursday to encourage impeachment proceedings against Philippine Chief Justice Renato Corona. Aquino warned that the fight against corruption depended on the result of the impeachment. Aquino invoked the "people power" revolution, which gives Filipinos the power to ensure Corona is removed from office. Aquino recalled …

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by Jennie Ryan

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday delayed the trial of former Serbian general and alleged war criminal Ratko Mladic, setting a new start date of May 14. The previous start date for the trial was March 27. The delay was ordered after …

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by Jennie Ryan

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released a report accusing the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) in Libya of allowing the abuse and torture of supporters of former leader Muammar Gaddafi by unofficial militias. In the report, AI alleges that supporters of Gaddafi are being unlawfully detained, tortured and even …

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