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Legal news from Saturday, March 16, 2013
by Peter Snyder

The Syrian regime is expanding its use of widely banned cluster bombs, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Saturday. According to the report, the Syrian military has used cluster munitions in 119 locations across Syria, dropping at least 156 bombs over the last six months and killings dozens of civilians. The use of …

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by Peter Snyder

The North Dakota legislature passed two bills Friday that would place strict limits on abortion, banning non-emergency abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected and barring terminations sought because of genetic abnormalities. HB 1305 and HB 1456 will go before Governor Jack Dalrymple this week. If signed, HB 1456 would make it a …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Maryland House of Delegates on Friday voted 82-56 to ban the death penalty in Maryland. Senate Bill 276 seeks to repeal "the death penalty and all provisions relating to it," and will prescribe sentences of life imprisonment for individuals convicted of first degree murder. Prior to Senate Bill 276, Maryland's capital punishment laws were …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Tribal Chairman Dexter McNamara of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, a northern Michigan Native American tribe, on Friday signed into law the Waganakising Odawak Statute 2013-003, a measure approving same-sex marriage. The law repeals Waganakising Odawak Statute 2007-001 which only permits marriage between one man and one woman. …

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