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Legal news from Wednesday, July 24, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

The California Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the San Diego County clerk's request to halt same-sex marriages in the state, following the US Supreme Court June ruling in Hollingsworth v. Perry. The decision was issued without comment in a single sentence, stating, "The request for an immediate temporary stay or injunctive relief …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's decision to block components of South Carolina's immigration law. Relying on the Supremacy Clause, the court ruled that the plaintiffs have an implied right of action to seek injunctive relief from the act on federal preemption grounds. …

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by Sydney Normil

The Hague Court of Appeal on Tuesday blocked the extradition of a Dutch-Pakistani terror suspect to the US because of "uncertainty regarding the US involvement in the torture of K." Sabir K. was arrested in Pakistan In 2010 and tortured by Pakistani secret service before being expelled to the Netherlands in 2011. He is …

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by Sydney Normil

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy allowing the importation of a drug used in the execution of state prisoners was illegal. The court did not give deference to the federal agency's policy of neither approving or reviewing …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling that blocked enforcement of a 2003 law regulating the promotion of tobacco products. The 2003 law requires shops that sell tobacco to display health warnings and limit the size of advertisements. Health for Millions, a non-governmental organization, appealed the 2005 ruling …

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by Daniel Mullen

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Monday that the rebel group 23 March Movement (M23) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is receiving assistance from Rwanda despite continued human rights abuses by the M23, including rape, executions and forced recruitment of young boys. HRW based its report on …

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