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Legal news from Friday, September 13, 2013
by Addison Morris

The office of interim Egyptian President Adly Mansour announced Thursday that the government is formally extending Egypt's state of emergency for two months due to security concerns. The interim government has sent military troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers into the city streets, claiming that extraordinary measures are needed to fight the war on …

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by Addison Morris

The Kentucky Equality Federation has filed a lawsuit to overturn Kentucky's amendment banning same-sex marriage. The constitutional amendment, passed in 2004 with approval of 75 percent of voters, allows only a marriage between man and woman to be valid or recognized. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, argues that this amendment …

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by Theresa Donovan

The Syrian government and pro-government forces were responsible for executing at least 248 people in the coastal towns of al-Bayda and Baniyas in early May of this year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in a report released on Friday. The report is based on interviews with residents from al-Bayda and Baniyas, including witnesses who saw or …

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by Theresa Donovan

The California State Assembly on Thursday approved a bill that will allow some undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children to obtain driver's licenses. The bill, which the California Senate passed hours earlier, directs California's Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driver's licenses to people without a social security number …

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by Lauren Laing

California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law a bill that prevents the early release of inmates and allows the state to comply with a federal court order. The order requires the department to achieve a population of 137.5 percent of design capacity no later than December 31, 2013. The bill appropriates $315 …

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by Lauren Laing

A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday ordered a Philadelphia court clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The Montgomery County Register of Wills court clerk Bruce Hanes issued 116 marriage licenses to same-sex couples after the state's Attorney General Kathleen Kane said the Pennsylvania Marriage Law was unconstitutional under the US …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Amnesty International (AI) on Friday warned that the forced evictions of people from makeshift camps in Mogadishu has led to human rights abuses. For the past two years, Mogadishu has been undergoing reconstruction, while tented camps continue being cleared for development. Some residents have been forced to move to the outskirts of the city, where …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday passed amendments to Spain's freedom of information law that aim to combat political corruption. The amendments, which increase accountability for the use of public funds, include political parties, the royal family, lobbies, unions and employers' associations. The new law will require all levels of government to provide clear public records concerning which companies …

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