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Legal news from Thursday, October 31, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

Four service women and the Service Women Action Network (SWAN) filed an amended complaint on Thursday in their lawsuit against the US Army and the Department of Defense in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The amended complaint asks the court to declare policies and practices of …

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by Amy Mathieu

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin challenging the constitutionality of revisions to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In July the US Department of Treasury (DOT) announced [JURIST …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Supreme Court of Virginia on Thursday overturned a jury award against Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) for two student deaths related resulting from the university shooting on April 16, 2007. Addressing the separate lawsuits brought by the estates of Erin …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Hawaii Senate on Wednesday approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The legislation, which has been sent on to the House after a 20-4 vote in favor of the bill, recognizes marriages between people of the same sex and grants to these couples the same rights, benefits and protections currently …

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by Stephen Adelgren

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Thursday for restraint and respect for the rule of law in the wake of violent protests in Bangladesh. The statement echoes a nearly identical one issued in May, after 30 people were killed in protests in the province of Dhaka. Violent protests in Bangladesh have been fueled by …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that juvenile murderers who were subject to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole will not be resentenced if their cases were final before June 2012. The US Supreme Court ruled last year in Miller v. Alabama that the Eighth Amendment, a bar …

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by Lauren Laing

Top UN and EU officials denounced the renewed plans for Israeli settlements announced Wednesday by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and Ministry of the Interior. The plans include building more than 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton in a statement …

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by Lauren Laing

Zimbabwe's highest court on Wednesday rebuked state prosecutors who have been pursuing actions against people for insulting President Robert Mugabe. The court said that this kind of prosecution only brought more disrespect to Mugabe, who has been Zimbabwe's president since the country's independence from Britain in 1980. The justice minister was ordered to appear …

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by Sung Un Kim

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced that it joined a lawsuit filed against United States Investigations Services LLC (USIS), the company charged with performing background investigations on potential employees of various federal agencies. The suit before the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama was brought …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the claim of a deceased state highway patrol trooper's same-sex partner that the state's survivor benefits statute violated his equal protection rights under the Missouri Constitution by denying him benefits based on his sexual orientation. The appellant, Kelly Glossip, appealed a circuit ruling to challenge the survivor …

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by Sung Un Kim

A Spanish court on Wednesday convicted six men of piracy and sentenced one of them to 12-and-a-half years and the other to five to eight years in prison. The men, Mohamed Abdullah Hassan, Mohamed Aden Mohamed, Issa Abdullah Issa, Abdillahi Mohamed Gouled, Mohamed Said Ahmed and Hamoud Elfaf Mahou, were captured while attempting to take over a Spanish warship …

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