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Legal news from Thursday, March 29, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday denied the government leave to appeal a decision requiring them to turn over redacted documents providing information about Afghan prisoner treatment. The complaint was filed by University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran, whose previous research uncovered a pattern of suspicious injuries on …

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by Katherine Getty

The New Hampshire Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize medical marijuana. The proposed law would allow the state to issue cards to patients with illnesses such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, MS and others. A prospective recipient of a card would be required to get consent from a doctor …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

John Harris, former chief of staff to Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 10 days in prison this week in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for his part in trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat. Harris pleaded guilty to a single count of …

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by Keith Herting

Amnesty International (AI) published a report Wednesday accusing the US Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of discriminating and committing rights abuses along the border between Mexico and the US. AI claims that discriminatory practices and harsh policies responding to immigration by US officials results in the deaths of hundreds each …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Russian lower house of Parliament, the State Duma, will consider a controversial bill introduced by lawmakers on Thursday that bans the spread of "homosexual propaganda" to minors. The bill calls for fines of up to 500,000 rubles (USD $16,500) for promoting the homosexual lifestyle and appears to be aimed at media outlets which lawmakers blame …

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by Jennie Ryan

Mali leaders announced on Thursday that they have drafted a new constitution following last week's military coup. In a statement read on Mali state television, it was announced that the new constitution will allow citizens to demonstrate or go on strike and that it will provide immunity to the leaders of the military coup. The announcement comes …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

An Oklahoma County judge struck down on Wednesday a state law requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound and describe a woman's fetus to her before she undergoes an abortion. The Court held that the 2010 Ultrasound Act is unconstitutional and unenforceable under the Oklahoma Constitution. The court ultimately amended a …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard the final day of arguments on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in the case of United States Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida. In the morning the court heard arguments on the issue of whether the …

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