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Legal news from Wednesday, August 29, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

The California State Assembly voted 51-21 on Tuesday to ban reparative therapy intended to change sexual orientation in minors. The bill, authored by state Senator Ted Lieu, seeks to provide protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth from allegedly deceptive, harmful therapies, while also making adults aware of potential harms associated with such reparative …

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by Saheli Chakrabarty

A Missouri law allowing police to track individuals' cell phones in emergencies was challenged in a federal lawsuit Monday claiming that the state law conflicts with federal law. The complaint, filed on behalf of a Bolivar resident, asserts that the Missouri law should be struck down under the supremacy clause of the US Constitution …

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by Sung Un Kim

An Indian court in Ahmedabad, Gujarat's main city, on Wednesday convicted 32 individuals for their roles in the deaths of 95 people during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Among the convicted was Maya Kodnani, the minister of education and child welfare in the Gujarat government, who was arrested in 2009 on charges of …

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by Sung Un Kim

Ukraine's highest court on Wednesday upheld the abuse of office conviction against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The country's Supreme Court reasoned that there would be no basis to rule in favor of Tymoshenko and that the prison sentence is appropriate considering the charges against her. …

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by Matthew Pomy

A panel of three federal judges ruled Tuesday that the proposed Texas voting map discriminates against black and Latino voters. Texas' population grew by 4.3 million, which gave it four more seats in the US House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled state legislature redrew the congressional districts in a way that challengers claim would make it more likely …

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by Matthew Pomy

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday awarded $21 million to seven Somalis in a lawsuit against former Somali prime minister Mohamed Ali Samantar. The lawsuit, which started in 2004 and made it all the way to the US Supreme Court, alleges …

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by Keith Herting

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that Italy's ban on embryonic screening is a violation of human rights. According to a press release issued by the court, the ban is a violation of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which allows for the "right to respect for his …

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by Keith Herting

The Russian Presidential Council on Human Rights, an independent advisory body, on Tuesday questioned the legitimacy of the recent guilty verdict and sentence for three members of the Russian feminist activist group Pussy Riot. The rights council, whose members are appointed by the president, worries …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that by not allowing Indiana citizens to appeal erroneous entries on the state Sex and Violent Offender Registry the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) violated Due Process rights. An Indiana citizen who committed lesser sex offenses found …

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by Julia Zebley

The Tribunal de grande instance de Nanterr announced Tuesday that a three-judge panel will investigate the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The investigation was prompted in August by Arafat's widow and daughter after an Al Jazeera investigation discovered traces of polonium-210 …

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