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Legal news from Saturday, December 1, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU) on Friday filed a suit to block the state's new abortion law from taking effect next month. The challenged law, HB 954, bans abortions after 20 weeks and contains a narrow exception for medical emergencies. The ACLU argues that, although abortions after 20 weeks are …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. [cert. petition PDF; JURIST report], which deals with the issue of whether human genes are patentable. Myriad Genetics patented two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, which are isolated genes—different from native genes because the process …

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by Max Slater

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nevada on Monday denied a challenge brought by eight same-sex couples who contended that the state's law restricting marriage to heterosexual couples violates the US Constitution's Equal Protection Clause. In their lawsuit, Sevcik v. Sandoval, the couples argued that …

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by Max Slater

A UN human rights expert declared on Friday that while Turkey has made progress in cracking down on extrajudicial killings, it still has a long way to go in remedying the problem. At the end of his official visit to Turkey, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns commented that Turkey …

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