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Legal news from Friday, March 30, 2012
by Jerry Votava

Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Thursday issued a ruling striking down the Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation law, which labels persons who are convicted of certain types of solictation as sex offenders. The new law effectively required those convicted of prostitution-like …

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by Matthew Pomy

An administrative judge for the Department of Education overturned a $55,000 fine issued against Virginia Tech for its response to the shootings in 2007. Judge Ernest Canellos ruled that the university's warning system did not violate the Clery Act, which sets regulations on how and when schools are required to warn students …

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by Jerry Votava

The New Hampshire House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit abortion procedures to be performed after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill, formerly titled "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," finds substantial medical evidence that unborn fetuses can experience pain after their 20th week, and …

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by Matthew Pomy

Six Oklahoma voters, along with women's healthcare providers and religious groups, filed a lawsuit Thursday against an Oklahoma ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to redefine "personhood." The amendment would confer "personhood" rights to embryos at the "beginning of biological development." If the initiative passes, it would effectively outlaw all abortions, many forms …

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by Sung Un Kim

Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged the Bahraini government to release Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment last year by a military court, so that he does not die as a result of his 50 day hunger strike. Al-Khawaja, a Danish citizen, former protection coordinator with Front …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Egyptian court on Thursday found former housing minister Mohamed Ibrahim Soliman guilty of corruption and sentenced him to a total of eight years in prison. He was charged with violating laws regulating tenders and auctions including profiteering, illegal seizure of state land and squandering public funds. During his term from 1993 to 2005, Soliman was involved in corrupt …

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by Brandon Gatto

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on the Afghan government to release women and girls imprisoned in Afghanistan for "moral crimes", many of which involve flight from unlawful forced marriage or domestic violence and "zina," which is sex outside of marriage due to rape or forced prostitution. In particular, HRW called for the release …

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by Jamie Reese

The Kansas House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that prohibits a governing body from passing a law that would infringe on an individual's right to religion, which some suggest is a guise to discriminate against same-sex couples. The bill is commonly known as Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act and passed the house …

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by Brandon Gatto

A federal judge on Wednesday awarded $44.6 million from Iran to two US marines and their families as a result of injuries sustained in the 1983 suicide-truck bombing on American barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Relying on the findings of fact from Peterson v. Islamic Republic of Iran (Peterson II), Judge Royce Lamberth, Chief …

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by Matthew Shames

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP. Our spring fund drive ends tomorrow! Our annual goal is $30,000, and as of this posting we have just about hit the 25% mark. Your response has been phenomenal, but another $1,500 means we'll be 30% funded for the coming year. . .another $2,500 and we'll be 33% funded. . .and with another …

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