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Legal news from Tuesday, August 13, 2013
by Theresa Donovan

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on Monday signed a voter ID bill into law that will require voters to present government-issued photo identification at the polls. The law will effectively roll back the early voting period and repeal one-stop registration during early voting. The North Carolina General Assembly …

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by Endia Vereen

Lawyers for the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Governor Tom Corbett argued In a legal filing on Monday that a Montgomery County Register of Wills decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is a separation-of-powers violation that "risks causing serious and limitless harm" in Pennsylvania. Montgomery County court clerk D. Bruce Hanes issued 116 …

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by Endia Vereen

Russia's Constitutional Court on Tuesday received the first official complaint against the country's new law which requires political non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents." Kostroma Center was fined 300,000 rubles (USD $9,000) for organizing a roundtable with US diplomats, which investigators said counted as "political activity." The Center filed …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should avoid charging low-level, nonviolent drug offenders with no ties to gangs or drug cartels with crimes carrying mandatory minimum sentences. Holder outlined additional reforms as part of his new "Smart on Crime" plan during his speech …

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