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Legal news from Saturday, April 20, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Judge Jazmin Barrios, the Guatemala judge presiding over the trial of former president Efrain Rios Montt in Guatemala City, began the trial despite a prior ruling annulling the case. Judge Patricia Flores, who was recently reinstated to the case after being recused from it since February 2012, ruled to suspend Montt's trial on Thursday, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A Pakistani judge ruled Saturday that former president Pervez Musharraf would be held in custody for two weeks until his next hearing on May 4. Pakistan's chief commissioner later declared Musharraf's estate on the edge of Islamabad a temporary jail, allowing Musharraf to remain under house arrest until his trial. The ruling …

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by Max Slater

A judge for the Dane County Circuit Court on Friday allowed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining law to proceed, despite objections from the state's Department of Justice (DOJ). The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA), a public sector union, filed the lawsuit in November, …

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by Max Slater

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Friday signed the strict anti-abortion legislation into law. The legislation prohibits abortions based on the baby's sex, prevents abortion providers from receiving certain tax breaks and proclaims that life begins at fertilization. The provision dealing with tax breaks is designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions in any …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The genocide trial for former Guatemala president Efrain Rios Montt came to a halt Thursday, potentially discarding nearly a year-and-a-half of court proceedings. According to Judge Patricia Flores, all actions taken on Rios Montt's case since she was recused in November 2011 are invalid. However, Guatemala attorney general Claudia Paz y Paz says Flores' …

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