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Legal news from Wednesday, May 8, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a same-sex marriage bill into law on Tuesday, making Delaware the eleventh US state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the second to do so in the past week. Markell signed the bill shortly after a 12-9 vote in the Delaware State Senate Tuesday afternoon. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Milan appeals court on Wednesday upheld the tax fraud conviction of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, affirming his four-year sentence. He was convicted in October on charges that his media empire Mediaset purchased television rights for US movies through offshore companies and falsely declared the costs …

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by Daniel Mullen

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the Egyptian government on Wednesday to ensure that a draft law on civil society organizations does not give authorities the ability to crack down on such groups. Pillay expressed concern that if the law places significant constraints on civil society organizations, it would undermine the cause …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Louisiana Supreme Court decided 6-1 on Tuesday to strike down a law which funds school tuition vouchers for private schools. The court held that the law's diversion of funds from the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) to non-public schools violated Article VIII, Section 13(B) of the Louisiana Constitution, which requires the state to allocate …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war crimes court on Tuesday acquitted former Bosnian Serb prime minister Gojko Klickovic of war crimes charges. Klickovic and another Bosnian Serb official, Mladen Drljaca, were on trial for a second time accused of ordering attack in which civilians were killed and unlawfully imprisoning other civilians during the …

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