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Legal news from Monday, July 30, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Monday declined to block enforcement of a new Arizona abortion regulation that will ban abortions after 20 weeks unless there is a medical emergency. The law is scheduled to go into effect on August 2. The Center for Reproductive …

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by Dan Taglioli

US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday renewed his temporary stay on a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that police could not collect DNA from individuals arrested for violent crimes and burglaries. The state court ruling effectively bars the collection of genetic material from criminal suspects without a warrant under Maryland's …

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by Dan Taglioli

An anti-abortion group appealed to the US Supreme Court on Monday in an attempt to reinstate an Oklahoma ballot initiative to establish legal rights for embryos. Personhood USA had originally tried to gather enough petition signatures to put the "personhood" issue on Oklahoma's November election ballot, but the effort was enjoined through an American Civil …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

An Egyptian court on Monday postponed the next stage in a hearing challenging the composition of Egypt's constitutional assembly, the council responsible for drafting the country's new constitution, until late September. The assembly faces its latest challenge from a group that opposes the body's Islamist majority. A hearing on the matter held earlier this month ended in open fighting …

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by Dan Taglioli

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced Monday that his state will appeal the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida ruling that struck down a Florida law that barred doctors from discussing the dangers of gun ownership with patients. Earlier this month Judge Marcia Cooke held that the Firearm Owners' Privacy Act (FOPA) …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Iranian court on Monday sentenced to death four individuals convicted on financial corruption charges, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The national news agency cited Prosecutor-General Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, who said that the four were among 39 suspects who received sentences ranging 25 years to life in prison. They were accused of …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced on Monday that its affiliates in 38 states had sent letters to local and state police departments asking them to clarify how they use information obtained from automatic license plate readers (ALPRs). ALPRs are cameras mounted near roads and highways that photograph and record license plate numbers. The …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Monday confirmed its jurisdiction over the trials of the assassins of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The defense counsel for the four accused, Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Oneissi and Assad Sabra, had challenged the court's jurisdiction and its …

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by Dan Taglioli

Slovakian authorities on Monday announced plans to seek the extradition of a 97-year-old Hungarian man arrested in Budapest earlier this month on allegations of abusing and helping deport thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Slovak Justice Minister Tomas Borec asked a court to seek the extradition of the man alleged to be Laszlo Csatary [AP …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A court in Namibia has ruled that the government sterilized three HIV-positive women without obtaining appropriate consent, a legal aid group said Monday. The Southern African Litigation Center (SALC) reported that the court ruled the sterilization of the women improper after finding that they were asked to sign the release forms "while they were in …

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by Dan Taglioli

An Indian court sentenced 21 individuals to life imprisonment on Monday after finding them guilty of attempted murder and rioting relating to several murders in the town of Visnagar in Gujarat state 10 years ago. The 21 Hindus were convicted and sentenced for the deaths of 11 members of a Muslim family in 2002. The killings occurred …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A court in the Maldives has refused to hear the case against former president Mohamed Nasheed, saying it does not have jurisdiction to rule in the case. Nasheed was formally charged earlier this month with illegally arresting a former chief justice of the nation's criminal court and thereby violating the nation's constitution. The constitution allows for the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Monday requested permission to be absent from her tax evasion trial proceedings, which are scheduled to resume on July 31. Tymoshenko reportedly asked to be excused from the proceedings [RFE/RL report] due to health concerns. A German doctor who examined her has said that she will …

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by Dan Taglioli

A rights group in South Korea on Monday announced its intent to appeal to the UN over the alleged torture of Seoul activist Kim Young-hwan during his time detained in China after helping North Korean refugees there. The Committee for the Release of Kim Young-hwan is considering filing an international complaint against China after …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Friday issued an injunction barring the federal government from enforcing its controversial employer insurance mandate against a Colorado business owned by a Catholic family. The mandate, issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), …

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by Dan Taglioli

Romanian President Traian Basescu survived a national referendum on Sunday when the vote was invalidated for failing to achieve the required threshold of 50 percent voter turnout. The controversial attempt to remove Basescu from office was largely orchestrated by Prime Minister Victor Ponta, whose Social Liberal Union (USL) party in May gained control …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a bill into the law that re-criminalizes slander and libel in the country. The law defines slander as "knowingly disseminating false information defaming the honour and dignity or undermining the reputation of another person." The legislation was approved by the Russian State Duma [official website, in …

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