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Legal news from Wednesday, December 26, 2012

[JURIST] Bahraini defense lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi [twitter account, in Arabic] 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 [BBC report] when they allegedly killed two policemen. … [read more]

[JURIST] Russia's upper house of parliament the Council of Federation [official website] 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 [Telegraph report] was named for Dima Yakovlev, a US adopted Russian … [read more]

[JURIST] President Mohammed Morsi [BBC backgrounder] signed Egypt's new constitution [text, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Superior Court of Fulton County [official website] granted a temporary injunction [PDF] 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 [texts] with the changes … [read more]

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