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Legal news from Thursday, October 4, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) due to the plaintiffs' lack of standing. Although Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder and six other citizens alleged that the PPACA violates provisions of …

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by Brandon Gatto

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged Serbia to protect universal freedoms and allow a banned pride parade for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The pride parade, which was scheduled to be held this Saturday in Belgrade, was canceled by the Serbian Ministry of Interior …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The war crimes court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Wednesday acquitted two Serbian defendants of involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Dragan Neskovic and Zoran Ilic were charged with crimes against humanity for their role in the massacre at Srebrenica and other war crimes. In a press release, the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

An anti-graft court in the Philippines on Thursday ordered the arrest of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a corruption case alleging the misuse of state lottery funds. This is the third corruption case pending against Arroyo, who made bail in July after eight months of detention in an army hospital. This most …

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by Max Slater

An Iraqi court on Wednesday sentenced an American citizen to life in prison for funding terrorist activities in Iraq and aiding al Qaeda. Iraq's central criminal court convicted Omar Rashad Khalil following a confession he made in which he admitted to receiving money from a Syrian man in the UAE to finance terrorist attacks. The Iraqi Ministry …

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by Max Slater

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Montana on Wednesday ruled that a state law [MCA § 13-37-216] that limits campaign contributions violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Montana's campaign finance law limits the individual contributions to gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates to $500 and …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Johnson v. Williams the court heard arguments on whether a state court can "adjudicate on the merits" a case when it has denied a habeas corpus claim but not expressly mentioned a federal law …

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