Legal news from Saturday, August 17, 2013
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[JURIST] A group of independent UN rights experts on Friday urged all parties involved in the Egyptian civil unrest to end the recent violence. The Coordination Committee [official website], composed of six experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council [official website] to oversee human rights concerns, violations and procedures, [read more]

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[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] on Friday sent back [press release] legislation [Bill S2842] that would have made medical marijuana more accessible to patients and increased the ease with which minors could qualify for the program. Christie agreed to sign the bill [Reuters report] if further revisions [read more]

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[JURIST] A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] judge issued an order [text, PDF] on Friday blocking enforcement of the state's voter identification law for the upcoming November elections. The ruling by Judge Bernard McGinley marks the third consecutive election [AP report] in which the law, passed in March 2012, will [read more]

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[JURIST] Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] on Friday dropped [press release] a legal challenge against the recent presidential election results, claiming that they would not receive a fair hearing. President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] who has governed Zimbabwe since it gained its independence in 1980, and his [read more]

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