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Legal news from Wednesday, December 26, 2012
by Blake Lynch

Bahraini defense lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi announced that the High Criminal Court of Appeals on Wednesday commuted death sentences for two male protesters to life imprisonment. The men were sentenced for their role in Bahrain's 2011's political uprisings when they allegedly killed two policemen. Two other in the killing had their sentences reduced to …

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by Blake Lynch

Russia's upper house of parliament the Council of Federation by a vote of 143 to 0 backed a bill on Wednesday prohibiting the adoption of Russian children by American parents. The bill called the Yakovlev initiative was named for Dima Yakovlev, a US adopted Russian toddler who died in 2008 in Virginia. The White House …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

President Mohammed Morsi signed Egypt's new constitution into law late Tuesday, which was supported by over 63 percent of those who voted in the referendum. However, only 32.9% of Egypt's total of 52 million voters actually participated in the referendum, leading many to debate its results. Egyptian press and commentators are divided over the approval …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A judge for the Superior Court of Fulton County granted a temporary injunction on a law banning doctors from providing abortions for women pregnant beyond 20 weeks. The law in question was Georgia House Bill 954, which would have modified OCGA 16-12-141 with the changes to become effective January 1, 2013. The enjoined provisions include …

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