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Legal news from Monday, March 18, 2013

[JURIST] Counsel for Kenyan politician Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] to drop the charges against his client for lack of evidence. The request [AP report] came amid the withdrawal [decision, PDF] of charges against Francis Muthaura … [read more]

[JURIST] Vermont's House of Representatives [official website] on Friday approved a bill [H315, PDF] that would require out-of-state employers to provide the same health care coverage to same-sex couples as employees with an opposite-sex spouse. The bill was approved [VPR report] almost unanimously in a 139-5 vote. Under the new … [read more]

[JURIST] Israel must cease all settlement activity and immediately withdraw settlers from the Palestinian territories, according to a UN expert speaking before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Monday. Christine Chanet [official profile] presented a report [text, PDF] published in January [JURIST report] that had been commissioned … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday struck down a Missouri health insurance law [SB 749 materials] that required insurers to issue policies without contraception coverage if individuals or employers objected for religious or moral reasons. Judge Audrey Fleissig for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official … [read more]

[JURIST] The Omani Appeal Court on Sunday granted bail to eight out of 11 political protestors charged with "illegal gathering with the intention of provoking a riot" and "blocking the flow of traffic" under Oman's penal code. Omani authorities detained the men in June for participating in peaceful sit-ins [HRW … [read more]

[JURIST] Police in Zimbabwe [BBC backgrounder] arrested a prominent human rights lawyer on Sunday, along with four other officials from the prime minister's political party. The arrests came just a day after the country voted in a constitutional referendum [AP report] calling for increased protections from human rights violations. Human … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] has approved [press release] a bill to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Passed Thursday on a party line vote of 10-8, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 [S 150 materials] would … [read more]

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