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Legal news from Wednesday, March 20, 2013
by Michael Haggerson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called Wednesday on Nepal to withdraw a decree creating a truth and reconciliation with the power to grant amnesties for human rights violations that occurred during Nepal's civil war. The conflict resulted in approximately 13,000 deaths with another 1,300 missing. The 2006 peace …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Maryland Senate on Tuesday voted 30-16 in favor of a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Sponsored by Democratic Senator Robert Zirkin and Republican Senator Allan Kittleman, Senate Bill 297 seeks to lower the penalty for possession of less than 10 grams of the drug to …

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by Matthew Pomy

India's lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, passed an anti-rape law on Wednesday in an attempt to redefine rape and increase the criminal penalties associated with it. The law is expected to be passed by the upper house in the current session. The lower house's changes would allow as much as a death sentence …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday voted 22-12 to approve a bill that would require voters to show photo identification prior to casting ballots. The bill had previously passed the Arkansas House. Supporters state that the bill will eliminate possible voter fraud, while opponents voice concern over the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged Tunisian authorities to repeal a law that criminalizes defamation. The call comes after two Tunisian citizens were charged with defamation for publicly exposing alleged wrongdoing of Tunisian officials. The men face up to two years in prison if convicted of the criminal charges. HRW stated that the Tunisian …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard arguments in Mutual Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. v. Bartlett Tuesday to consider whether design defect claims can be brought when a generic drug does not present all the warnings the brand-name version of the drug does, and thus causes injury. Attorneys for Mutual Pharmaceutical argued that …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. that the "first sale" doctrine [17 USC § 109(a)] applies to imported works. When Supap Kirtsaeng came to study at Cornell University, he realized that the same textbooks his peers used were sold at drastically lower prices in …

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