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Legal news from Monday, November 4, 2013
by Addison Morris

Doctors and psychologists working in US military detention centers helped to design methods of torture for terrorism suspects, according to an independent report supported by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Open Society Foundations released on Monday. The report, entitled "Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror," …

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by Addison Morris

Planned Parenthood and other abortion rights groups on Monday filed an emergency request with the US Supreme Court to reinstate a previous injunction blocking the implementation of a Texas law placing new restrictions on abortion. The disputed restriction requires that doctors performing abortions must have admitting privileges at a hospital …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in two cases. In Walden v. Fiore the court heard arguments on two questions of venue and jurisdiction. Gina Fiore and Keith Gipson were traveling to Nevada. They were searched in a layover in Atlanta, Georgia, where their money …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a case concerning an attempt by the Oklahoma state government to resurrect a state law that limited the uses of the abortion drug RU-486. The one-line dismissal of Cline, et al., v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice stated in its entirety that, "the …

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by Cynthia Miley

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was granted bail on Monday in a criminal case relating to the death of radical cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi during an operation ordered by Musharraf on Islamabad's Red Mosque, which left more than 100 dead. Musharraf was arrested on these charges on October 10. Musharraf's bail is …

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by Peter Snyder

The Irish Convention on the Constitution voted Sunday in favor of recommending that the offense of blasphemy in the Irish Constitution be altered and replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred. The Convention on the Constitution was established in 2012 by resolution of both Houses …

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by Cynthia Miley

The trial of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi for inciting the murder of several protesters began on Monday but was adjourned until January. According to Egyptian news sources, Morsi rejected the court's authority by refusing to dress in prison clothing and declaring the trial illegitimate, stating that he was still the lawful president of Egypt. …

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by Max Slater

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Sunday sentenced two men to death for crimes during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. The court found Chowdhury Mueen Uddin and Ashrafuzzaman Khan, both members of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) party, guilty of abducting and murdering 18 people in December 1971. …

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by Max Slater

A Kenyan court on Monday charged four people with aiding terrorism relating to a four-day siege at a Nairobi shopping mall last month. The Somali Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least 62 people died and 175 were injured. The four charged men, …

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