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Legal news from Wednesday, September 5, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday allowed a New Hampshire law requiring the use of photo identification in order to cast a regular ballot during elections. The new law is schedule to take effect on September 13. Voters who are unable to present a government issued will be permitted to cast a …

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by Sung Un Kim

Greek judges and court employees on Wednesday assembled in front of the country's Supreme Court in Athens to protest proposed pay cuts under the austerity measures for 2013-2014 which will eliminate public sector jobs and lower wages and pension plans. Around 200 judges, public prosecutors and court workers announced that they will cut the operating hours of …

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by Sung Un Kim

A German state official clarified Wednesday that circumcision for religious reasons is legal in Berlin. State justice minister Thomas Heilmann stated that circumcision would be legal if (1) parents consent to such procedure in writing after they were informed of the associated risks; (2) parents are able to …

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by Matthew Pomy

Attorneys for Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Public Utility Commission (PUC) filed a brief with the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Tuesday arguing that the appellate court erred in overturning portions of Pennsylvania's Act 13. The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled in July that the act violated the state's …

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by Keith Herting

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that American Airlines and United Continental Holdings must stand trial to defend against a claim by World Trade Center Properties (WTCP), the owners of the World Trade Center towers, who claim that the negligence of the airlines allowed the hijackers aboard the planes which eventually destroyed the towers on 9/11. Judge Alvin …

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by Keith Herting

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon told a General Assembly meeting on Wednesday that both Syrian and rebel forces are responsible for perpetrating widespread rights abuses across the nation. In a statement accompanying his remarks, Ban noted that the situation in Syria is "grave and deteriorating" and urged both rebels and the Syrian government to "abandon military activities, …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Planned Parenthood on Wednesday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reconsider its ruling which allows Texas to impose a funding ban on clinics affiliated with abortion providers under the state's Women's Health Program. The court lifted an injunction in August that blocked the …

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by Matthew Pomy

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday revealed violent human rights violations committed in the Maldives against opposition groups and called for an immediate independent investigation into the actions of security forces. The Maldives have experienced unrest since former president Mohamed Nasheed ordered the arrest of the country's chief justice and then resigned …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Mauritanian authorities extradited former Libyan chief of intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya on Wednesday according to Mauritania state news agencies. Al-Senussi was arrested in Mauritania in March, and Libya is now seeking to try al-Senussi for crimes he purportedly committed while serving under former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libya's National …

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by Julia Zebley

The chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled Tuesday that an inmate serving life without parole must be granted gender reassignment surgery as it is the only possible treatment for her gender identity disorder. Judge Mark Wolf contended that to do otherwise would constitute a violation of …

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