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Legal news from Friday, August 9, 2013
by Endia Vereen

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday urged the Philippine government to act to bring the killers of three local journalists to justice and stop further violence. On July 30 unknown assailants shot and killed Richard Kho, 47, and Bonifacio Loreto Jr., 59, both columnists for the weekly tabloid Aksyon Ngayon, in Quezon City, Metro Manila. …

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by Endia Vereen

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday criticized Vietnam for resuming the death penalty. In July 2011 the country decided to stop using firing squads in favor of lethal injections, but was unable to procure the necessary drugs largely due to EU export restrictions. In May it amended the law to …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

JPMorgan Chase & Co. disclosed in its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday that it is being investigated by both the civil and criminal divisions of the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California (EDC) over sales of mortgage-backed securities to investors in the run-up to the …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) filed a lawsuit in the Oklahoma County District Court on Thursday to block enforcement of HB 2226, a state law limiting the availability of "morning-after" emergency contraceptives. Specifically, the law forbids pharmacists from dispensing emergency contraceptives to women younger than 17 unless they have a prescription. …

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by G. Redd

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday asked a judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin to stay a challenge to the state's new abortion law, pending an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The DOJ appealed the injunction …

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by G. Redd

US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr, filed an amicus curiae brief on Thursday urging the US Supreme Court to allow prayer at town meetings. The Obama administration is supporting the petitioner in the upcoming case of Town of Greece v. Galloway. The town of Greece has argued that using public, participatory …

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by Daniel Mullen

The Supreme Court of Venezuela on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by presidential candidate Henrique Capriles challenging the results of the March election. Capriles lost narrowly to Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela's presidential election, which took place following the death of Hugo Chavez. Maduro was the hand picked …

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by Daniel Mullen

Thailand's lower house of parliament preliminarily approved a bill on Thursday to grant amnesty to those charged with political offenses during the country's 2006 military coup. The measure was approved by a vote of 300-124 despite protests by members of the opposition party who fear that the bill will allow former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra …

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