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Legal news from Tuesday, March 27, 2012
by Matthew Shames

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Our spring fund drive ends on March 31 - that's only four days! Our annual goal is $30,000, so if we can raise another $1,500 during this drive, we'll be 25% funded. . .another $4,000 and we'll be 33% funded. Help make it happen! As previously mentioned, due to general economic circumstances completely outside …

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by Hillary Stemple

Acting head of the EU delegation in Mali, Bertrand Soret, on Tuesday met with the leader of last week's military coup urging a quick return to constitutional order in the country. President Amadou Toumani Toure was removed from office after Malian soldiers took control of the government, announcing the suspension of the constitution and …

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by Brandon Gatto

An organization composed of atheists and agnostics on Monday filed suit against Pennsylvania representatives over a state House resolution that declares 2012 as "The Year of the Bible," asserting that the law violates the principle of separation of church and state. Specifically, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based "association of free …

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by Max Slater

The Georgia State Senate approved legislation on Monday that eases the restrictions on abortion imposed by a bill passed by the Georgia House of Representatives earlier in March. The House bill banned women from obtaining an abortion five months into pregnancy. The amended Senate bill loosened the House bill's …

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by Sung Un Kim

The referral chamber of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday transferred the case of Charles Sikubwabo to the High Court of Rwanda. The decision was based on ICTR prosecutors' request in November for the referral pursuant to Rule 11 bis of the Procedure and …

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by Keith Herting

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday asked EU member states to reconsider their involvement in the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) extraordinary rendition program of forced transfer and secret detention. During a hearing before the European Parliament (EP), the group suggested that the EU member nations must work …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The number of worldwide executions increased from 2010 to 2011, while the number of recorded death sentences decreased, according to an annual death penalty report published Tuesday by Amnesty International (AI). There were 676 executions globally in 2011, with 18,750 people currently sentenced to death. Although three fewer countries used capital …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The Tokyo District Court has ordered Google Inc. to remove certain search terms that a Japanese man has claimed violate his privacy. The plaintiff, whose name has not been released, petitioned the Tokyo court to order Google to remove his name from its auto-complete search function, which prompts users with suggested …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court denied certiorari Monday in Fields v. Smith, allowing a lower court decision that transgender hormone therapy is a medically necessary procedure to stand. The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found the Inmate Sex-Change Prevention Act (Act 105), a 2005 Wisconsin law, was …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday in MBZ v. Clinton that a citizen's ability to list Israel as a place of birth on a passport is not a political question, but remanded the case for a ruling specifically on the issue. The US State Department argued that this question …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Credit Suisse Securities LLC v. Simmonds that normal statute of limitations tolling applies to insider trading cases. The Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [§ 16(b)] states that the statute of limitations begins "more than two years after the date such was …

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by Dan Taglioli

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in United States Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida on whether the suit brought by challengers of the minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is barred by the Anti-Injunction Act of 1867 …

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