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Legal news from Saturday, May 4, 2013
by Addison Morris

The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Friday that the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) must list both spouses of a same-sex couple on their children's birth certificates. Melissa and Heather Gartner sued the IDPH after officials refused to include the name of their child's non-biological parent on the child's birth certificate …

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by Addison Morris

China's Nanjing Intermediate People's Court issued a life sentence on Saturday to Huang Sheng, the former provincial deputy governor of Shandong Province, for accepting almost $2 million in bribes from 21 organizations and numerous individuals between 1998 and 2011. In addition to life imprisonment, Sheng was also stripped of political rights for life and ordered …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Florida House and Senate both passed a bill (HB 7013) on Friday to extend the state's early voting period. The bill revises election law to allow elections supervisors to hold 14 days of early voting instead of the current maximum amount of eight days. The bill also increases the sites where early …

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by Cynthia Miley

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns urged Mexico's Government on Friday to increase protections for human rights, particularly reducing the need to use force and reducing the military's involvement in policing. Heyns stated that establishing a strong law enforcement system consistent with international law is the solution to violence problems …

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