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Legal news from Saturday, August 3, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos on Friday once again reiterated demands for an end to the Syrian conflict, noting the increasingly grave conditions for civilian populations and lack of access for humanitarian aid. UNICEF estimates that some 400,000 civilians have been displaced in the district of Al Waer in …

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by Samuel Franklin

A federal judge blocked part of a new Wisconsin law on Friday that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, extending a preliminary injunction as a case against the law proceeds to trial. Specifically, the law requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay an injunction that will allow for the early release of nearly 10,000 California inmates by the end of the year. The six-justice majority offered no explanation for their ruling. Three justices dissented, calling the injunction a "terrible injunction." State officials, however, have argued that releasing the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday that the US will begin processing same-sex visa applications the same way opposite-sex visa applications are processed. Speaking at the US embassy in London, Kerry stated, "As long as a marriage has been performed in the jurisdiction that recognizes it, then that marriage is valid under US immigration laws. Every married …

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