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Legal news from Wednesday, May 1, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the government has been failing to meet EU air quality standards and reached out to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for guidance. This is the first time that the court has addressed the problem with air pollution in the UK, which is the worst in …

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by Addison Morris

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Wednesday introduced the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013, which would establish new rules determining when abortions may be performed to save the life of the mother. The proposed law would not significantly change the country's strict laws on abortion, but rather would provide doctors with …

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by Addison Morris

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld a law prohibiting federally licensed gun dealers from selling handguns to anyone under the age of 21. The National Rifle Association (NRA) brought the case against the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Attorney General Eric …

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by Sydney Normil

The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers urged Argentina Tuesday to ensure the Judicial Council's independence by reconsidering two draft bills that were approved last week. The two bills reform the Judicial Council and regulate precautionary measures. One bill alters the council candidacy requirements and reduces the majority number requirements for decisions. Elections …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday renewed his pledge to make an effort to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. At a news conference Tuesday, Obama was asked about the ongoing hunger strike, now involving 100 of the 166 detainees. He responded, "Well, it is not a …

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