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Legal news from Wednesday, May 29, 2013
by Endia Vereen

A Russian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot against their sentence for a protest against Vladimir Putin. Last year the group was convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and sentenced to two years in prison. Moscow City Court chair Olga …

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by Endia Vereen

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) convicted six Bosnian Croat political and military leaders Wednesday for persecuting, expelling and murdering Muslims during the Bosnian Civil War. The sentences, ranging from 10 to 25 years, were handed down by a three-judge panel for crimes including murder, rape, …

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by Lauren Laing

Kenyan police engaged in a 10-week rampage in Nairobi beginning in late 2012, torturing and abusing more than 1,000 refugees, asylum seekers and Somali Kenyans, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. HRW claims that the Kenyan police used grenades and other attacks to relocate refugees to camps "as an excuse to rape, beat, extort money …

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by Lauren Laing

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday signed a new set of laws regulating the use and sale of recreational marijuana. One law expands [HB13-1317, PDF] the medical marijuana enforcement division to encompass retail marijuana. The law also prohibits retail marijuana stores from selling more than one-fourth of an ounce of marijuana to nonresidents. Another law, …

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by G. Redd

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francois Crepeau urged the EU on Tuesday to focus on human rights in its migration policies. Crepeau visited both sides of the border in Turkey, Greece, Tunisia and Italy to investigate the experience of migrants. He found that those irregular migrants related to …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an appeal by the state of Indiana challenging a lower court decision that blocked patient reimbursement through Medicaid if the health providers performed abortions as a part of overall medical care. Planned Parenthood is one of the largest providers that can now continue to receive …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The UN special rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights Magdalena Sepulveda on Tuesday presented her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. Sepulveda urged world governments to enable participation amongst persons living in poverty in decisions that affect their lives. She also recommended that states set up a legal and institutional framework …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Former Michigan Supreme Court justice Diane Hathaway was sentenced on Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for bank fraud. Hathaway concealed assets while dealing with a bank to arrange a short sale on her home, which allowed her to sell her home for less than she owed and to avoid foreclosure. She claimed financial hardship in …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo pleaded not guilty to money laundering charges in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday. He is charged with having laundered more than $70 million through US banks during his four years as president. Portillo was extradited to the US after …

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