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Legal news from Friday, March 8, 2013

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[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] voted 11-7 on Thursday to approve gun-related legislation, establishing potential floor votes on the issue of gun violence for the first time in nearly a decade. The bill [S54, PDF], aimed at stopping illegal firearm trafficking, would make straw purchasing weapons—buying a … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Friday postponed [decision, PDF] commencement of the trial of Kenyan vice-presidential contender William Ruto [case materials] to ensure trial preparedness. In mid-February, defense counsel for Ruto asserted that the prosecution had failed to disclose a "significant volume" of materials relating to … [read more]

[JURIST] Independent experts within the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Friday urged [press release] governments around the world to take decisive steps to ensure and protect women's rights, and to "turn decades of empty promises into concrete changes." In a statement recognizing International … [read more]

[JURIST] A son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] to conspiracy to kill US citizens [indictment, PDF]. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appeared before Judge Lewis Kaplan, briefly answering questions … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] signed into law [remarks] an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] on Thursday. The VAWA, originally passed in 1994, provides legal assistance, counseling and other resources for victims of rape and domestic abuse. The law … [read more]

[JURIST] Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive], has been captured and will be appear in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday to face federal charges. He is accused of plotting to kill Americans … [read more]

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