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Legal news from Wednesday, November 6, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Town of Greece v. Galloway the court heard arguments on whether legislative prayer violates the First Amendment, specifically the Establishment Clause. On appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the matter …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, urged the Bangladesh government on Wednesday not to carry out the death sentences of 152 paramilitary soldiers under reports of due process violations leading up to the trial. Pillay claims the soldiers, members of the Border Guard Bangladesh on trial …

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by Samuel Franklin

Cross-examination of the Pakistani-based businessman responsible for selling the boat engine used by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in the 2008 Mumbai attacks was held on Wednesday before Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Court. The merchant, Mohammed Ali, sold the boat engine to the 10 LeT terrorists, which then allowed the clandestine group to reach the …

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by Matthew Pomy

The city of Detroit on Tuesday asked Judge Steven Rhodes to approve a plan where the city will borrow $350 million in order to pay down interest rates and improve city services. The loan was approved by Barclays PLC but requires judicial approval under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code [11 USC § 9 text]. …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Wednesday upheld its September ruling to ban the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and confiscate all assets of the Islamist group. Earlier this week the Egyptian authorities formed a committee composed of judicial, security and intelligence officials to collect inventory …

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by Matthew Pomy

Colorado voters on Tuesday approved Proposition AA, which levies a tax on all sales of recreational marijuana in the state. The tax will consist of a 15 percent excise tax that will go to fund public school construction projects and a 10 percent state sales tax, a portion of which will be directed back to the localities. …

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by Max Slater

The genocide trial for former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt will continue in January 2015, according to a Guatemalan court official. In May Rios Montt was found guilty of the genocide, torture and rape of 1,771 indigenous Ixil Mayans during his 1982-83 rule and was sentenced by a three-judge panel headed by Judge Jasmine …

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by Max Slater

The Illinois House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill, known as the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act Illinois, passed the state senate in February. Although the bill allows same-sex couples to marry, it allows religious organizations to refuse to celebrate or solemnize …

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