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Legal news from Thursday, May 2, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police need a warrant to search a defendant's cell phone at the time of arrest. The court ruled 5-2 that officers were permitted to confiscate the defendant's cell phone, but that they should have obtained a warrant before looking at pictures on the phone. Justice Lewis wrote for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley on Thursday signed into law a bill to repeal the death penalty. The legislation, which makes Maryland the eighteenth US state to repeal the death penalty, was approved by the state legislature in March. Prior to the bill, Maryland's capital punishment laws were among the most …

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by Peter Snyder

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana on Thursday welcomed recommendations by the Myanmar government's Rakhine Investigation Commission, but also voiced a strong need for the government to address impunity and ensure investigations into credible allegations of systematic human rights violations against Muslims in Rakhine state. The Rakhine Investigation …

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by Peter Snyder

The conditions of Greece's bailout plan, put in place by its international lenders, have severely undercut the ability of Greek citizens to obtain a standard of living in line with international human rights standards, according to a report released Thursday by UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, Cephas Lumina. According …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The son of Libya's deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi made a second court appearance in Zintan, Libya, Thursday, but the court postponed further proceedings until mid-September in order to allow for adequate trial preparation. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is accused of crimes against the state for transferring information related to Libya's …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday appealed an April decision ordering the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make emergency contraceptives including Plan B available without a prescription to women of all ages. In 2005 organizations and individuals concerned with women's health filed suit in the US …

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