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Legal news from Thursday, March 8, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require voters to show photo ID at the polls. Supporters of the proposed legislation say that it will combat voter fraud, but opponents fear that it will disenfranchise poor, elderly and minority voters who may find it difficult to obtain a photo ID. The …

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by Michael Haggerson

The European Union said Wednesday that Hungary must change two controversial laws that went into effect with the country's new constitution on January 1 in order to comply with EU law before aid will be provided to the country. Hungary requested financial aid from the EU and the International Monetary Fund last …

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by Michael Haggerson

The North Cairo Criminal Court on Thursday acquitted a police officer, Mohamed Abdel Moneim, charged with killing 20 protesters and injuring another 15 protesters. Moneim's defense lawyers argued that he was just attempting to protect himself and the police station. He had no intent to kill the protesters, and, due to the chaos of the situation, it was impossible …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday demanded a 28-year prison sentence for former Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj. Delivering closing arguments, Prosecutor Mathias Marcussen claimed that Seselj was responsible for tens of thousands of rapes, murders and unlawful detentions …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday urged member states to put an end to sexual orientation-based violence and discrimination. In a video address, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged that sexual orientation and gender identity are sensitive subjects, but said action needs to be taken because lives are at stake. He …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Virginia Govenor Bob McDonnell on Wednesday signed legislation that will require women to have an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion. The bill was approved by the House of Delegates and the Senate, and is a scaled-back version of a similar bill that was considered last month. The current …

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