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Legal news from Saturday, April 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder

A Russian court on Friday denied a request for parole by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist rock band Pussy Riot, so that she could look after her young daughter. In August Tolokonnikova and two other members of the group were sentenced to two years in prison for "hooliganism," characterized by …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday upheld 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 the laws came from members of the Westboro Baptist Church …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 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 reaffirmed Pennsylvania's "Dunham rule," derived from Dunham v. Kirkpatrick [text, …

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by Matthew Pomy

Zivko Budimir, president of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, one of the governing entities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), was arrested on Friday along with 17 other officials as part of a corruption investigation and crackdown. Budimir and others were detained and questioned while their offices were being raided and then they were arrested. The group …

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