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Legal news from Wednesday, July 4, 2012
by Jennie Ryan

The Transitional Federal Government of Somalia on Wednesday signed an action plan to be implemented with the goal of ending the recruitment of child soldiers in the region. Somali Deputy Prime Minister Hussein Arab Isse signed the action plan, which is backed by the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), at a …

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by Jennie Ryan

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday vetoed several measures in a series of new legislation that included amendments to the state's election laws. Two of the vetoed bills would have required voters to produce photo identification for absentee voting and to confirm their citizenship before voting and a third would have required …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Myanmar president Thein Sein on Tuesday granted amnesty to 37 male prisoners and nine female prisoners on humanitarian grounds. Among those released are at least 25 political prisoners, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners - Burma (AAPP-B). Upon hearing of the amnesty, Noble Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Egypt's Criminal Court in Cairo issued a decision on Monday voiding a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) that has been in place since 1954. In considering a case alleging that MB leader Osama Suleiman joined a group founded in contravention of the law, the court ruled that at …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

The North Carolina General Assembly on Monday voted to override the veto of Governor Beverly Perdue regarding legislation that will essentially nullify the state's Racial Justice Act (RJA). Signed into law by Perdue in 2009, the RJA allows an individual sentenced to death to present evidence to prove that racial bias …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

The US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces on Monday decided to hear the appeal of a former US Marine convicted of the 2006 murder of an Iraqi policeman. The court approved a review in the case of Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III on a petition claiming that Hutchins' constitutional rights were violated when he was held …

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