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Legal news from Saturday, April 21, 2012

[JURIST] Two former cadets from the US Military Academy and the US Naval Academy [official websites] brought a suit [text] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] alleging that the service academies failed to prevent rapes. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the service … [read more]

[JURIST] The Mexican legislature passed a sweeping climate change bill on Thursday 128-10 in the Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] and unanimously in the Senate [official website, in Spanish]. The bill requires the country to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2020, requires 35% of its energy … [read more]

[JURIST] A North Carolina judge on Friday commuted [order text, PDF] a man's death sentence to a sentence of life in prison without parole after he determined that racial bias was a major influence behind the original sentence 18 years ago. Judge Gregory Weeks vacated Marcus Reymond Robinson's death sentence … [read more]

[JURIST] The 47 member states composing the Council of Europe [official website] on Friday agreed to a declaration [text] that will bring new changes to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] in order to make it more efficient. The declaration, which comes as an attempt to better … [read more]

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