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Legal news from Wednesday, October 3, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court ruling that permitted an Ohio law [2919.123 text] limiting the use of the "abortion pill." The law requires that the use of the pill, RU-486, conform with federal guidelines, which currently do not allow the pill to be …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Special Representative for Haiti Mariano Fernandez Amunategui on Wednesday called on Haiti to strengthen its rule of law institutions such as police and electoral council. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in the report that the country is still subject to "setbacks linked to political instability, lack of respect for the rule of law …

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by Jerry Votava

Former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo on Wednesday appealed his conviction and sentence from the International Criminal Court. Lubanga was convicted in March for the war crimes of enlisting and conscripting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Turkish court on Monday sentenced two prison guards and a prison director to life in prison for the torture and death of anti-government activist Engin Ceber while in police custody. With the life sentence, the court also sentenced nine other officials to prison terms of varying length. The re-trial began in February when the Supreme Court of Appeals …

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by Keith Herting

Representatives for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced their concern Tuesday over Iran's recent crackdown on activists speaking out within the nation. The OHCHR is most notably concerned by the September arrest of human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah. According to a statement by the OHCHR, Dadkhah has been …

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by Matthew Pomy

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday extended a stay on a lower court order that barred enforcement of a law allowing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists. The Second Circuit's order allows certain provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), specifically Section 1021(b)(2), to remain in force …

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by Matthew Pomy

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday praised the rejection of a proposed law that would have established harsh penalties for reporters who spread libel. The bill, which passed on its first reading, would have established fines and other punishments, including prison and correctional labor sentences, for spreading false information about another …

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by Keith Herting

The Hamas criminal justice system is rife with human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. The report, entitled "Abusive System: Criminal Justice in Gaza," claims that under Hamas rule, people in the Gaza Strip are subject to numerous rights violations including warrantless arrests and torture. The report includes a …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Malaysian court on Tuesday awarded damages to a group of five opposition politicians and activists who were unlawfully detained pursuant to the country's controversial Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA), which permits indefinite detention without trial for terror suspects, dissidents and political opponents. Three politicians and two activists were detained without trial for two years after …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced Tuesday that the state's voter identification law will not take effect before the November 6 election. The new legislation, which would require voters to show photo ID to vote in any election in the state, must be approved by the US Department of Justice …

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by Julia Zebley

The Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, on Tuesday approved a draft law that would ban pro-gay "propaganda" in Ukraine. The bill, roughly translated as the "the law on the protection of children's rights to safe information space" would amend laws to create liability for promoting homosexuality, although it …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Tuesday. In US v. Bormes the court heard arguments to determine whether the federal government has sovereign immunity for damages arising from the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit …

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