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Legal news from Saturday, June 23, 2012
by Max Slater

The Supreme Court of Arkansas ruled on Friday that a state law passed in 2009 that gives the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) authority to administer lethal injection drugs of its choice during executions unconstitutionally violates the separation of powers in the Arkansas constitution. In the ruling, the court declared that the …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Amnesty International (AI) said Friday that a recent Taliban hotel attack that killed 15 civilians should serve as a reminder that the Afghan government should work with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring justice to those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The attack occurred on Thursday night at the …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday upheld a money judgment against Pharmacia Corporation for inflating drug prices to Wisconsin Medicaid in violation of Wisconsin Statutes 100.18, the Wisconsin's Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) and 49.49(4m)(a)2, the Medicaid Fraud Statute. In 2009, a jury awarded the state $2 million for the DTPA violation and $7 million for …

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by Jamie Davis

Kosovo's parliament approved a penal code with new laws on Friday that require journalists to reveal their sources and make defamation a crime. In response to the new laws, Kosovo's deputy prime minister, Hajredin Kuci, resigned from office because he feels they undermine media freedom. Kosovo's parliament originally approved the new law in April, but president Atifete …

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by Jamie Davis

Paraguay's Congress on Friday removed president Fernando Lugo from office after it found him guilty of mishandling armed clashes that took place last week during which 17 police and farmers were killed. The lower house of Congress voted 76-1 on Thursday to impeach Lugo, while the Senate made the decision to remove him from office …

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