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Legal news from Tuesday, August 20, 2013
by Endia Vereen

Egyptian authorities on Tuesday arrested Mohammed Badie, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian authorities ordered the arrest of Badie after escalating violence last month resulted in over 50 deaths. Badie was taken to Torah prision in Cairo, where other members of the Brotherhood and former president Mohamed Morsi [official BBC …

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by Endia Vereen

A Pakistani court on Tuesday officially charged former president Pervez Musharraf with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and facilitation of murder in the 2007 death of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto, who was the first prime minister of any Islamic nation, was killed at a rally …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Iraq Ministry of Justice on Monday reported the execution of 15 men and two women convicted of terrorism. The individuals were convicted under Article 4 of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which requires a sentence of death for any who are found to have committed a terrorist act as defined …

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by G. Redd

An Oklahoma County District Court judge on Monday granted an injunction of Oklahoma House Bill 2226, a state law that requires minors to obtain a prescription for emergency contraception. HB 2226 was challenged by the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, amongst others, on the grounds that it violates recent controversial FDA regulations …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A judge for Michigan's Barry County Circuit Court on Monday dismissed a fracking lawsuit by Michigan Land Air Water Defense (MLAWD) against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). MLAWD sought a declaratory ruling nullifying the MDNR auctions of mineral rights within Barry and Allegan State Game Areas and the Yankee …

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by G. Redd

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed Assembly Bill 3371 into law on Monday, banning licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation conversion services to minors. New Jersey is now the second state to ban such practices following a similar ban in California last September. Christie publicly addressed the controversial issue, deferring to …

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