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Legal news from Saturday, January 19, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri on Friday ended their challenge to a 2011 Kansas law that restricts private health insurance companies from offering coverage for abortions in their general plans. The withdrawal follows a ruling by the US District …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been charged with murder for her role in the contract-style killing of Yevhen Shcherban and two others in 1996, Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka said Friday. Pshonka alleges that Tymoshenko and former prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko ordered …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court on Friday granted what may be the final four cases it will hear this term. After being considered in conference eight times, the court granted Bond v. United States [cert. petition, PDF; docket] and will determine whether Carol Anne Bond can be tried under the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act …

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by Cynthia Miley

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated on Friday that the continued violence in Syria is harming civilian human rights and humanitarian attempts at aiding those in need. Amos expressed particular concern for the vicious nature of …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday upheld Wisconsin's controversial Budget Repair Bill which significantly limits the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. Act 10 was signed into law by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in March 2011. Wisconsin's largest teachers' union, public sector union and …

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