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Legal news from Saturday, August 4, 2012

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] a portion of an Ohio law [Ohio Rev Code § 3599.45] that prohibited doctors who treat Medicaid patients from contributing to the political campaigns of candidates for state attorney general or county … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN rights expert on Saturday urged an independent investigation into sectarian violence taking place in the Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] state of Rakhine. After spending a week in Myanmar, the UN's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, warned [AP … [read more]

[JURIST] A Kansas judge on Friday refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state's new abortion clinic regulations after state officials asked that they be upheld without a trial. The state argued [AP report] that they have a rational reason for enacting the new regulations in that they were put … [read more]

[JURIST] A military commissions judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] announced [order, PDF] Thursday that he will hear oral arguments [press release] regarding allegations [motion, PDF] by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] that the government censored discussions about torture during the trial of the 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] … [read more]

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