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Legal news from Thursday, November 21, 2013
by Peter Snyder

Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a letter Thursday to the Labor Minister of Morocco, Abdeslam Seddiki, imploring the Moroccan government to revise a draft law before the Moroccan parliament, regarding legal protections for domestic workers, to comply with international standards. The letter, while praising Morocco's reduction in the rates of child labor, expressed the view that …

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by Peter Snyder

A US jury awarded Apple, Inc. $290.45 million Thursday following a re-trial in the protracted legal struggle between the American technology giant and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.. The case held before the US District Court for the Northern District of California is the most recent iteration of a patent battle that has been …

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by Andrew Morgan

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by Kimberly Bennett

Spain's ruling People's party on Thursday introduced strict new laws against public protests, which would impose fines on activists who take part in unauthorized protests. The legislation also prohibits publishing images of police, interrupting public events, possessing illegal drugs, vandalizing public property and drinking alcohol in the street. Opponents argue that the law impedes democracy, though proponents …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Wednesday entitled "Additional Actions Could Strengthen DHS Efforts to Address Sexual Abuse." The GAO report was initiated in part by government documents that found there were hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse and assault in immigration detention over several years that were not properly …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court, challenging Kansas' two-tiered voter registration system. The US Supreme Court has ruled that laws requiring proof of citizenship for federal elections are unconstitutional, but it has preserved the states' rights to control who will vote …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne on Wednesday asked US Supreme Court to reconsider a controversial Arizona law that would strip Medicaid funding from doctors and clinics that perform abortions. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down the law in August. The law, which …

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by Amy Mathieu

The Scottish Parliament completed the first step towards the passage of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill on Wednesday by a 98-15 vote in favor of the bill. Same-sex couples currently have the right to enter a civil partnerships in Scotland, but this bill would introduce same-sex marriage. Proponents of the …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear arguments in two separate cases concerning Act 23, the state's voter ID law. One case will review a decision by the Madison-based District Four Court of Appeals while the other will be heard by the supreme court prior to being ruled on by the appeals …

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by Stephen Adelgren

China's Supreme People's Court issued a ruling on Thursday banning the use of forced confessions extracted through torture. The court reportedly claimed that "illegal methods" of confession extraction, including food and sleep deprivation and temperature manipulation are unacceptable and amount to torture. Judges have been instructed to rule out confessions obtained through these methods …

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by Lauren Laing

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged member states to ratify or accede to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court. The Rome Statute was signed by 139 States, but 43 States have neither signed nor acceded to it. Ban said that the Rome …

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by Lauren Laing

Illinois on Wednesday became the sixteenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (Act). Although the Act allows same-sex couples to marry, it allows religious organizations to refuse to celebrate or solemnize marriages if they so choose. The Act guarantees equal access …

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