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Legal news from Saturday, April 27, 2013

[JURIST] A Russian court on Friday denied a request for parole by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist rock band Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive], so that she could look after her young daughter. In August Tolokonnikova and two other members of the group were sentenced [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld [opinion, PDF] a Missouri law that bans protests within 300 feet of funerals but struck down a second broader law that would have increased the distance at which protesters to could congregate. The challenge to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Supreme Court [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Wednesday in a deed dispute over Marcellus shale gas rights that the gas is not considered a "mineral." The dispute dates back to an 1881 deed that conveyed partial mineral rights to the property holder. In the decision, the court … [read more]

[JURIST] Zivko Budimir, president of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, one of the governing entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [OHCHR profile], was arrested on Friday along with 17 other officials as part of a corruption investigation and crackdown. Budimir and others were detained and questioned [Balkan Insight report] while their offices … [read more]

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