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Legal news from Tuesday, July 9, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday urged Egyptian authorities to address escalating violence arising after the military's ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last week. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned recent reports of violence and murder at a mass …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the National Security Agency (NSA) illegally surveilled "millions of ordinary Americans" in the wake of 9/11. In 2008 the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a …

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by Theresa Donovan

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Monday issued a temporary restraining order on a Wisconsin law that would place certain restrictions on abortion providers in the state. Section 1 of 2013 Wisconsin Act 37 requires that physicians who provide abortion services have admitting privileges at …

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by Theresa Donovan

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Harrisburg on behalf of 21 Pennsylvania residents who wish to marry their same-sex partner or who are seeking recognition by the state of Pennsylvania of their out-of-state same-sex marriage. The complaint alleges that Pennsylvania's Defense of Marriage Act [23 PaCS …

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by G. Redd

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard oral arguments Monday by BP alleging that the claims administrator was awarding damages to plaintiffs based on biased revenue data. US District Judge Carl Barbier approved a settlement last year that allows plaintiffs to claim damages to …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Defense lawyers for detainee Ibrahim Idris have argued that he is too mentally and physically ill to remain at Guantanamo Bay in a habeas corpus petition filed at the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Rather than contend his innocence, Idris' court-appointed defense lawyer Jennifer Cowan is arguing that his mental …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Czech prosecutors on Monday asked the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of parliament, to strip former prime minister Petr Necas of his immunity so that they may investigate his part in a widespread corruption scandal. Necas resigned last month following the arrest of his closest aide Jana Nagyova, …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Germany's Hagen State Court will require 92-year-old Siert Bruins, a former member of the Nazi Waffen SS to go on trial in September. Last November, Bruins was charged for the murder of resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in 1944. Bruins and his suspected accomplice August Neuhaeuser, who has since died, are …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Warren Hill, a Georgia death row inmate with an undisputed IQ of 70, filed motions on Monday for a stay of execution with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the US Supreme Court. In February, the Eleventh Circuit and the Court of Appeals of Georgia issued a …

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