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Legal news from Friday, April 13, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday struck down [text. PDF] parts of a federal statute that prohibit public broadcasters from transmitting public issue and political advertisements. The suit was brought by the Minority Television Project on behalf of its public television station KMTP against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Ben Emmerson on Thursday expressed regret over a US court decision denying Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by a member of the UK parliament and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition. Earlier this month the US District Court for …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Pakistani Parliament on Thursday approved recommendations for redefining the government's relationship with the US and NATO, including calling for an end to CIA drone strikes. The new plan comes in response to the incidental drone strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. The 14-point resolution covers everything from Pakistan's nuclear program to the …

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by Jerry Votava

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill on Friday that bans abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy unless there is a medical emergency. The bill imposes other restrictions such as requiring women seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound 24 hours before an abortion, as opposed to the …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Egyptian parliament on Thursday passed a bill preventing those who were high officials under former president Hosni Mubarak from running for president. The law bars candidacy for 10 years for anyone who held a rank of party leader or higher during Mubarak's tenure as president. The law must still be …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled Friday that the relatives of Bosnian men murdered by Serbian forces in 1995 cannot sue the UN for failing to protect them during the massacres. The ruling essentially held that the UN is immune from prosecution in Dutch courts. The group bringing the lawsuit, known as the …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Brazilian Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 8-2 to overturn the ban against abortion of brain-damaged (anencephalic fetuses). Currently, Brazil criminalizes abortion with the narrow exceptions of cases in which pregnancy threatens the mother's life and in cases of rape. The court, in deciding to allow abortion [WP …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Pechersky District Court in Kyiv on Thursday sentenced former acting defense minister Valeriy Ivaschenko to five years in prison and banned him from holding public office for three years after convicting him on abuse of power charges. Ivashenko served as acting defense minister under Yulia Tymoshenko in 2009-10. The verdict was announced [BBC …

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