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Legal news from Thursday, July 4, 2013
by Max Slater

Pakistan's new government on Thursday lifted the country's moratorium on executions. The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), a center-right party, took power during elections in May, defeating the incumbent Pakistan People's Party (PPP). PML-N Interior Ministry spokesman Umer Hameed declared that the government will begin to impose the death penalty on a case-by-case basis. Amnesty International …

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by Max Slater

The North Carolina Senate passed 29-12 legislation on Wednesday that places severe restrictions on abortion. The bill will likely shut down most of the state's abortion clinics because it requires clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgery centers. The bill also bans gender-selective abortions, restricts insurance coverage of abortions under …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Younis Chekkouri, a Moroccan Guantanamo Bay detainee, recently disclosed in a letter to his lawyer that the US military personnel are punishing him and other hunger-strikers every time they leave or return to their cells. Chekkouri described being surrounded by eight guards and a watch commander in a room while two guards "put their …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Chairman of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, Adly Mansour, on Thursday took the oath to become the interim head of state after the Egyptian military deposed President Mohamed Morsi and suspended the nation's constitution on Wednesday. Morsi has been placed under house arrest, and arrest warrants …

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