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Legal news from Friday, March 2, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday called on all nations to ensure that people with disabilities are given equal "enjoyment of all civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights." Pillay's statements came at the Human Rights Council's annual discussion on rights of people with disabilities. Pillay noted that, although the 2006 Convention on …

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by Jerry Votava

Leaders from 25 European Union (EU) countries on Friday signed the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance which is directed at improving fiscal discipline and promoting greater financial information disclosure between member states. The central tenet of the treaty is a balanced budget requirement. Of the 27 EU member states, only the …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Florida House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would ban the use of religious or foreign law in legal decisions and contracts. The bill, which passed 92-24, would effectively ban the use of Sharia, as well as any other religious law, when dealing with issues such as divorce. This has led some to …

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by Jerry Votava

The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Thursday that would require a woman seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound before the procedure. The bill was passed by the Virginia Senate, and is a scaled-back version of a similar bill that was voted on …

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by Matthew Pomy

Guatemalan Judge Miguel Angel Galvez denied former dictator Efrain Rois Montt's amnesty claim Thursday. Rios Montt is being charged for crimes committed throughout the country's 36-year civil war, which officially ended in 1996. The case involves at least 1,771 deaths and 1,400 human rights violations. The ruling means the trial against Rios Montt will …

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by Keith Herting

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday heard arguments in a challenge to illegal immigration legislation recently passed in Alabama and Georgia, but the three-judge panel chose to defer its ruling until after the US Supreme Court rules on a pending challenge to the controversial Arizona immigration law. …

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by Sung Un Kim

Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on Thursday for Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein. He is charged with 41 counts of crimes committed in Darfur, including 20 counts of crimes against humanity (including persecution, murder, forcible transfer, rape, inhumane acts, imprisonment …

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by Michael Haggerson

A German court on Friday dismissed suits by Apple and Samsung against each other over smartphone technology. Samsung alleged that Apple violated its patents for 3G technology while Apple argued that Samsung violated its patents on slide-to-unlock technology. Samsung officials stated that they were pleased with the ruling and that their …

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by Kevin Green

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that a warrantless search of a suspect's cell phone to collect its phone number does not constitute a violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. A three-judge panel unanimously rejected the defendant's challenge to the prosecution's use of …

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by Michael Haggerson

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled on Wednesday that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is immune from suit under the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA) while he is in office. Rajapaksa is accused of human rights violations in connection with the …

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by Sung Un Kim

Maryland joined the seven states that allow same-sex marriage when Governor Martin O'Malley (D) signed the Civil Marriage Protection Act on Thursday. With signing the bill the governor released the following statement:For a free and diverse people, ... for a people of many faiths, ... for a people committed to …

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