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Legal news from Friday, June 14, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

Egypt's Court of Cassation, its highest court, on Thursday overturned the jail sentence of former prime minister Ahmed Nazif and ordered a retrial on charges of illicit gains. The court overturned his sentence pursuant to Article 166 of Egypt's 2012 Constitution, which states that charges can …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Thursday used a presidential decree to bypass parliament in order to make changes to electoral laws in compliance with the Constitutional Court's order to hold elections by July 31. The amended electoral laws ensure that all political parties have access to the state broadcaster and that the …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 20-12 in favor of legislation which would ban most abortions in the US after 20 weeks gestation. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based on the controversial premise that a fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks of gestation. As stated by …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on Cambodia's donors to oppose a land titling campaign created by Prime Minister Hun Sen, alleging that it lacks accountability and transparency and is prone to abuse. Hun Sen announced on Monday that the program will be suspended until after the country's national elections. HRW Asia Director Brad …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Supreme Court on Thursday issued a new regulation barring any demonstration within the Supreme Court building or grounds, excluding the surrounding sidewalks, if the activity is "reasonably likely to draw a crowd or onlookers." In order to "maintain suitable order and decorum within the Supreme Court building and grounds," the Court passed the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Activist attorney and former government prosecutor Larry Klayman filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the government's recently revealed phone data collection. Klayman, founder of the political advocacy group Freedom Watch, claims the surveillance practices violate citizens' reasonable expectation of privacy, their …

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