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Legal news from Saturday, February 23, 2013
by Max Slater

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit refused on Friday to rehear a case decided in December that struck down Illinois' ban on carrying concealed weapons. Last month, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a petition for re-hearing en banc, which requests for all 10 …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

In a statement to the UN Security Council on Friday, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Roger Meece urged the council to deploy an additional military brigade to help the "overstretched" peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Meece, the head of United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Three briefs on the merits were filed with the US Supreme Court in the case US v. Windsor on Friday on the issues of the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and of whether the Court even has the authority to decide such a question. The Obama …

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by Max Slater

The Uruguay Supreme Court ruled on Friday that a 2011 law allowing for investigations into crimes committed during the country's 1973-1985 dictatorship is unconstitutional. Uruguay's legislature passed the law in 2011, allowing the government to investigate human rights violations that occurred during the 12-year dictatorship and not subjecting these violations to a statute of limitations. …

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