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Legal news from Wednesday, October 2, 2013
by Matthew Pomy

The Singapore Supreme Court on Wednesday again rejected a challenge to an anti-gay law criminalizing sexual conduct between men. This section outlaws any kind of sexual conduct between men, both in public and private. Those found guilty under the law can be up to two years imprisonment. Enacted in 1938, the law …

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by Sung Un Kim

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected constitutional challenges against a new Maryland firearm law that went into effect the same day. The Firearm Safety Act of 2013 limits certain assault weapons and removable magazines and requires safety training and fingerprint for potential buyers. While the recent ruling rejected the challenges, plaintiffs are still allowed to continue …

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by Sung Un Kim

A military judge on Tuesday refused to suspend the pretrial hearings in a case against five Guantanamo Bay prisoners related to the 9/11 terrorist attack. Army Col. James Pohl reasoned that the measures taken to respond to the defendants' concerns were adequate to continue the hearings. The defense team …

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by Matthew Pomy

Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes on Tuesday appealed a lower court order to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Hanes, who began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples following Attorney General Kathleen Kane's statement that United States v. Windsor ruling left …

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by Max Slater

A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced prominent dissident Le Quoc Quan to 30 months in prison for tax evasion. Quan's imprisonment sparked outrage from hundreds of protesters who believe the verdict was politically motivated and part of a widespread government crackdown on dissent. Quan, a lawyer and blogger, has been a vocal critic of Vietnam's …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A court in Ecuador on Tuesday began the country's first trial for crimes against humanity. Attorney General Galo Chiriboga charged nine army officers and a police general with the torture, sexual violence and forced disappearance of three opponents of the government in 1985. The prosecution, led by the Truth Commission, denounced the …

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by Max Slater

The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a man accused of tampering with prosecution witnesses in a case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto. The ICC issued the warrant against Walter Barasa, whom the ICC accuses of attempting to bribe prosecution …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A group of independent UN human rights experts expressed concern Tuesday over the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged the transitional authorities to take urgent measures to protect the population from atrocity crimes and restore public order. There have been continued reports of gross human rights violations in …

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