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Legal news from Friday, July 12, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday unanimously reversed the acquittal of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for a genocide charge in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) during the Bosnian War. The decision reversed Karadzic's acquittal …

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by Theresa Donovan

A Moscow court on Thursday convicted deceased lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and former client, William Browder, of tax evasion. Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2009 under suspicious circumstances, was a lawyer for the Hermitage Capital Fund and was arrested in 2008 by Russian Interior Ministry officials on suspicion of tax …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Irish Parliament voted 127-31 Friday in favor of a bill that would allow a woman to undergo an abortion if her life is at risk. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was passed after contentious debate, particularly concerning a provision that allows a woman to undergo an abortion if she is …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday upheld Congress' authority to require larger employers to provide adequate health insurance for their employees or pay a fine. In a challenge by Liberty University, the Fourth Circuit found that the plaintiffs failed to state a claim on which relief could be granted. The …

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by G. Redd

The Maine Legislature on Wednesday voted 127-17 in favor of a new law requiring police to obtain a warrant to track a cell phone, overriding a veto by Governor Paul LePage. The bill was one of four privacy laws up for vote in the final hours of the legislative period. LD 1377 …

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by Peter Snyder

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced at a press conference Thursday that she will not defend Pennsylvania's statutory ban on same-sex marriage. Title 23, Chapter 11, section 1102 of the Pennsylvania consolidated statutes defines marriage as " A civil contract by which one man and one woman take each other for husband and wife." Kane's statements …

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by Peter Snyder

Two French human rights groups filed a lawsuit in Paris Thursday calling for an investigation into whether the US National Security Agency (NSA) PRISM program violated French privacy laws. The lawsuit, filed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Human Rights League (LDH), is based on articles …

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