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Legal news from Wednesday, April 10, 2013
by Michael Haggerson

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a suit by victims of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme against the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Madoff victims had argued that the SEC was liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FCTA) …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Monday that a New Mexico school district acted constitutionally when it prohibited five students from distributing two-inch rubber fetus dolls with pro-life cards attached. Writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, the Honorable Scott Matheson, Jr. opined that the school's restrictions on handing out the dolls …

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by Matthew Pomy

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called upon Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Wednesday to do more to address violence between religious groups. Nadim Houry, deputy director for Middle East and North Africa at HRW, released the statement in response to violence between Muslims and Coptic Christians in the town of Khosus that …

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by Keith Herting

An appeals court in Guatemala City announced Tuesday that it has upheld a lower court decision which acquitted former President Alfonso Portillo of criminal charges that he had stolen over USD $15 million during his time as president. In 2011 the criminal charges of embezzlement against Portillo were thrown out by the lower court, which found that …

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by Cynthia Miley

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday signed the Women's Health and Safety Act, which imposes increases safety requirements on abortion clinics and practitioners within the state. The Act requires clinics that provide abortions to meet the same standards as ambulatory care centers, requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at local …

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by Blake Lynch

Judge Lew Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York announced on Tuesday that the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden, is scheduled for January 7, 2014. Kaplan said the start date would be delayed because of the US budget sequester …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Amnesty International (AI) announced Wednesday that the use of the death penalty declined worldwide in 2012 despite some setbacks. In its annual review of death sentences and executions, AI concluded that at least 682 individuals were executed in 2012. Twenty-one countries carried out the death penalty in 2012, down from 28 in 2003. …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Libya's national assembly passed laws on Tuesday which criminalize torture and kidnapping. Those found guilty of violating the laws could face up to ten years of imprisonment. The law treats anyone who stands by and allows these acts to occur as complicit in the crime. Less than two years after the uprising that …

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