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Legal news from Tuesday, December 4, 2012
by Alison Sacriponte

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California on Monday temporarily blocked California from enforcing a new law that prohibits mental health providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE) with minors. Senate Bill 1172, the first of its kind, deems that any SOCE attempted on minors shall …

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by Addison Morris

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday upheld the life sentence Milan Lukic, a Bosnian Serb commander who was sentenced to life in prison for crimes that include burning more than 100 people alive during the 1992 Bosnian War. Lukic was arrested in August 2005 and prosecuted as the …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday identified a series of gross human rights abuses committed by al Qaeda affiliates and Yemen's government forces during the 2011–2012 conflict over control of the country's southern region of Abyan. In its detailed report "Conflict in Yemen: Abyan's Darkest Hour", AI explained that the violence initiated by al …

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by Peter Snyder

More than 300 of Sri Lanka's judges met in the capital Colombo on Monday to demand an impartial inquiry into charges against the nation's Supreme Court chief justice. The judges issued a statement in which they rejected an 11-member committee appointed by Parliament Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, the elder brother of the President Mahendra Rajapaksa [Time …

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by Samuel Franklin

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francois Crepeau on Monday urged Greece and the EU to increase their efforts to ensure that the rights of all migrants are fully respected as they travel through Greece to other EU destinations. Crepeau said that a large number of migrants are stuck in Greece with …

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by Michael Haggerson

The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a nuisance suit by Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania to compel the US Army Corp of Engineers and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to construct barriers between Chicago-area waterways and the Great Lakes to prevent the spread of Asian carp [EPA …

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by Michael Haggerson

Swedish telecom company Ericsson filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission on Friday against Samsung seeking an import ban on Samsung's Galaxy line of products. This came just three days after Ericsson filed suit against Samsung in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas [official …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases Monday. The first case, Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk, concerned whether an issue at the center of a lawsuit is moot if an offer is made to settle with the potential plaintiff. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (FRCP) 68 encourages …

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