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Legal news from Tuesday, May 1, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday convicted naturalized American citizen Adis Medunjanin for his role in a conspiracy to bomb the New York City subway system in September 2009. Medunjanin, a Bosnian immigrant, was convicted on all nine counts, including conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, …

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by Michael Haggerson

The Libyan government on Tuesday formally challenged the right of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to try Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libya argues that under Article 17 of the Rome Statute, the ICC does not have jurisdiction …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma on Monday ruled that granting "personhood" rights to human embryos is unconstitutional, thus derailing a proposed ballot initiative to amend the state's constitution by defining a fertilized egg as a person. Finding the initiative "void on its face," Oklahoma's highest court unanimously declared that it must follow the US …

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by Michael Haggerson

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Bahrain to immediately release the leaders of last year's anti-government protests, including Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja. HRW states that the 14 individuals have been jailed for more than a year with no evidence of any wrongdoing produced against them. The 14 protesters were convicted in …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Mexican Chamber of Deputies on Monday approved a bill that will recognize, protect and provide aid to victims of crimes stemming from the gang-related drug wars that have engulfed the country for nearly the last six years. Known as the General Victims Act, the law was passed …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A coalition of civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging Pennsylvania's new voter ID law. The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and the Advancement Project filed suit along with the Washington, DC law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP …

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