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Legal news from Saturday, May 25, 2013
by Blake Lynch

The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina ordered Friday that Zivko Budimir, president of the Bosniak-Croat Federation, be released from jail immediately. Budmir was arrested in April along with 19 other officials as part of a corruption investigation and crackdown. Budmir, who has been charged with accepting bribes to …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Puerto Rico's House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation in places of employment. According to media sources, the bill originally included protections for commercial transactions, housing, governmental services, and public accommodations, but the Senate voted to narrow to bill's scope to employment last week. The …

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by Blake Lynch

A group of UN independent experts on Friday urged South Asian countries to strengthen legislation to prevent caste-based discrimination. In South Asia, those members of society who are of low caste are referred to as "Dalits" or "untouchables." The UN experts noted that Dalits endure "marginalization, social and economic exclusion, segregation in housing, limited access to …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Friday upheld the conviction and 28-year sentence for former Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. In February 2011 Ciavarella was convicted by a jury in the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania …

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