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Legal news from Thursday, June 13, 2013
by G. Redd

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced Thursday that the death toll in the Syrian conflict has now reached at least 93,000. According to the UN's data specialists, this estimate represents only recorded deaths where the name, location and date of death were reported. For those casualties lacking one or more identifying values, …

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by G. Redd

Judge Edward Korman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday approved the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive available over-the-counter to women of all ages. In an effort to comply with the judge's April ruling, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday in United States v. Davila that judicial participation in plea negotiations does not automatically require vacatur of a defendant's guilty plea. Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 11(c)(1) provides that "he court must not participate in discussions." Rule 11(h) states: "A variance from the requirements of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann that the Red River Compact does not preempt Oklahoma water laws. The Red River Compact regulates water rights from the Red River among the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Tarrant Regional Water District, a Texas agency, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. Los Angeles that federal law preempts certain provisions of an agreement that trucking companies must sign before they can transport cargo at the Port of Los Angeles. In an opinion by Justice Elena Kagan, the court held, "that the Federal …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. that a naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of nature and not patent eligible merely because it has been isolated. The court also found that synthetically created DNA known as complementary DNA (cDNA) is patent eligible …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Jordan's Parliament approved a treaty with the UK Wednesday that will lead to the deportation and fair trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada. The new treaty passed with support from both houses of parliament, provides for mutual legal assistance between the two nations and can include any persons from each …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday struck down a law banning protests and demonstrations in the plaza of the US Supreme Court. Enacted in 1949, the law served to protect the grounds from vandalism but also prohibited processions, parades and the display of banners supporting a particular …

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by Peter Snyder

The government of the Canadian province of Quebec introduced a bill Wednesday that would permit doctors to provide patients with medical aid to die. Quebec Social Services Minister Veronique Hivon introduced the bill before the National Assembly. The proposed law provides special rules on the administration and consent requirements regarding …

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by Peter Snyder

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down a Colorado law that would have required businesses to place marijuana related magazines behind counters. Judge Richard Matsch of the US District Court for the District of Colorado ordered a permanent injunction against Amendment 64 which would have treated marijuana related magazines similarly to pornographic material. …

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by G. Redd

The Russian State Duma on Tuesday approveda bill that would criminalize the dissemination of materials supporting "non-traditional sexual relations" by a vote of 436-0, with one abstention. There are 450 seats in the lower parliamentary house, and critics believe this is a move towards reinforcing a heteronormative society led by the Russian Orthodox Church [official …

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