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Legal news from Saturday, April 21, 2012
by Michael Haggerson

Two former cadets from the US Military Academy and the US Naval Academy brought a suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that the service academies failed to prevent rapes. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the service academies promoted a culture of sexual assault, they failed to …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Mexican legislature passed a sweeping climate change bill on Thursday 128-10 in the Chamber of Deputies and unanimously in the Senate. The bill requires the country to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2020, requires 35% of its energy come form renewable sources by 2024, requires mandatory emissions reporting, …

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by Jamie Davis

A North Carolina judge on Friday commuted 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 after he determined that race was a significant factor in …

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by Jamie Davis

The 47 member states composing the Council of Europe on Friday agreed to a declaration that will bring new changes to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in order to make it more efficient. The declaration, which comes as an attempt to better facilitate operations at the overloaded ECHR, includes a provision that …

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