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Legal news from Sunday, September 15, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acted within its authority to work with six states and Washington, DC, in promulgating the Final Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load for Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sediment (TMDL), an agency regulation designed to improve …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Bahrain security forces are detaining children without cause and "subject them to ill-treatment that may rise to the level of torture," according to a report released Sunday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Bahrain is specifically accused of violating the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Bahrain in 1992, by failing to …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday invalidated provisions of the state's "aggravated weapon use" law as facially violative of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. In 2008 Chicago police arrested a man for allegedly brandishing a firearm during an altercation with the police. A Cook County court found the …

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by Benjamin Minegar

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday praised the Syrian government's formal agreement to sign and abide by the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). CWC signatories must agree to "chemically disarm" by destroying chemical weapon stockpiles and creating enforcement mechanisms to ensure that chemical weapons will not be produced, acquired or transferred within their jurisdiction. …

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