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Legal news from Tuesday, August 20, 2013

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Tuesday arrested Mohammed Badie, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Egyptian authorities ordered the arrest [JURIST report] of Badie after escalating violence last month resulted in over 50 deaths. Badie was taken to Torah prision in Cairo, where other members … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Tuesday officially charged former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and facilitation of murder in the 2007 death of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Bhutto, who was the first prime minister of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iraq Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] on Monday reported the execution [press release, in Arabic] of 15 men and two women convicted of terrorism. The individuals were convicted under Article 4 [text, PDF] of Iraq's anti-terrorism law, which requires a sentence of death for any who … [read more]

[JURIST] An Oklahoma County District Court [official website] judge on Monday granted an injunction [docket] of Oklahoma House Bill 2226 [legislative history], a state law that requires minors to obtain a prescription for emergency contraception. HB 2226 was challenged by the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice [advocacy website], amongst others, … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for Michigan's Barry County Circuit Court [official website] on Monday dismissed a fracking lawsuit by Michigan Land Air Water Defense (MLAWD) [advocacy website] against the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) [official website]. MLAWD sought [press release] a declaratory ruling nullifying the MDNR auctions of mineral rights … [read more]

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Chris Christie [official website] signed Assembly Bill 3371 [legislative record] 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 [JURIST report] last September. … [read more]

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