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Legal news from Monday, January 7, 2013
by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court denied certiorari Monday in Sherley v. Sebelius [docket; cert. petition, PDF], which appealed a dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. The petition questioned President Barack Obama's executive order in 2009 that removed the previous …

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by Peter Snyder

A Scottish court on Monday granted a request to extradite an alleged member of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) to France. Benat Atorrasagasti Ordonez, who had relocated to Scotland in 2001, was sentenced in absentia by a French court in 2008 to five years imprisonment on charges of …

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by Dan Taglioli

The highest Bahraini appellate court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 prominent pro-democracy protestors convicted by military tribunal in 2011 on charges of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. Bahrain's Court of Cassation rejected the appeals of the 13 activists, all part of a group of 20 convicted by the military National …

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by Benjamin Minegar

China's Communist Party Politics and Law Committee head Meng Jianzhu on Monday notified Chinese media sources of the nation's plan to end its 56 year-old "re-education through labor" program, which authorizes government entities to legally detain citizens for as long as four years without trial. The proposed legislation is pending approval from …

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by Alison Sacriponte

North Carolina on Friday announced plans to appeal a ruling finding "Choose Life" license plates unconstitutional. Judge James Fox of the US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina ruled in December that "he State's offering a 'Choose Life' license plate in the absence of a pro-choice alternative constitutes viewpoint discrimination …

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by Dan Taglioli

Bank of America (BOA) on Monday reached a $10.3 billion settlement with Fannie Mae to settle claims that Countrywide Financial Corporation, now a BOA subsidiary, employed faulty lending practices on $1.4 trillion in mortgages that were sold to Fannie Mae as investment products from 2000 to 2008. BOA has agreed to pay Fannie …

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by Sarah Posner

The second International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) rejected a plea on Monday from Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla for a re-trial. Justice Obaidul Hassan of the ICTB rejected the petition for re-trial and ordered the defense to commence with arguments. The prosecution completed its arguments on December 27. …

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by Sarah Posner

The Court of Appeals of Sri Lanka on Monday ordered parliament to drop the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, quashing a guilty verdict against her. This decision further fuels the dispute between the legislature and the judiciary, and raises international concern over the independence of the country's judiciary. The decision quashed …

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