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Legal news from Wednesday, November 14, 2012
by Jerry Votava

The Nigerian House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the second reading of a bill that makes same-sex marriage illegal and also places sanctions on individuals who aid in the marriage of same-sex couples. The measure was approved by the Nigerian Senate last year, and will undergo a clause-by-clause review …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday retracted a contempt of court charge filed against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf after approving notification of his compliance with a June directive that ordered the revival of corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari. Pakistan's Minister for Law and Justice, Farooq Naek, on November 9 submitted required …

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by Sung Un Kim

Sri Lanka should take appropriate measures to protect the country's judiciary from threats, intimidation and physical attacks, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers urged on Wednesday. In her statement, Gabriela Knaul noted that the situation of recent attacks on judges may escalate, seriously endangering the county's justice system. According to …

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by Peter Snyder

The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) released a report on Wednesday confirming the arbitrary executions of at least 264 civilians in Masisi Territory and North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The victims, including 83 children, were killed by armed groups in more than 75 attacks …

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by Keith Herting

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed amendments to the Russian Criminal Code which redefine treason and espionage, despite assurances he would reconsider the changes to ensure they did not make the definition overly broad. The amendments, called "On Amendments to the Criminal Code and …

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by Matthew Pomy

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to a $25.5 million settlement on Tuesday in a class action lawsuit arising out of issues with unintended vehicle acceleration recalls in 2010. The lawsuit was brought by shareholders who argued that they were harmed by the company's recalls. They argue that the company's failure to disclose vehicle …

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by Keith Herting

US military prosecutors on Tuesday urged the death penalty for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales who is accused of having murdered 16 Afghan civilians in a late-night rampage in March. After a week long investigatory hearing under Article 32, prosecutor Maj. Rob Stelle urged the presiding officer to subject Bales to a military court-martial …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the Dane County Circuit Court challenging the constitutionality of a controversial law limiting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. The WLEA is challenging the law, also known as the Budget Repair Bill, specifically as it pertains to law …

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by Matthew Pomy

The UN Population Fund (UNPF) annual report released Wednesday highlights family planning as an essential human right that has positive effects on economic development. The "State of World Population 2012" report details the reasoning for considering contraception a human right, the benefits of access to family planning and what this approach means for the international …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina on Tuesday heard arguments on part of South Carolina's controversial immigration law that permits law enforcement officials to detain motorists on the side of the road for a "reasonable amount of time" while the officer checks the driver's immigration status. Judge …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday released its first opinion of the term, ruling unanimously in US v. Bormes that the federal government does not automatically waive sovereign immunity through the Little Tucker Act in the present case. The court held that the Tucker Act and the Little Tucker Act's …

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