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Legal news from Thursday, November 28, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

A Russian court on Thursday granted bail to Australian Colin Russell, one of the 30 Greenpeace International crew members detained since their September protest against Arctic oil drilling. Greenpeace says Russell will be released from prison as soon as the court accepts the organization's two-million-ruble (USD 66,000) bail payment. The decision to grant bail followed …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Italian Senate voted on Wednesday to expel Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from parliament, effective immediately, following his conviction for tax fraud. Berlusconi could face prosecution for other crimes now that his immunity has been lost. As a result of his expulsion, he may not take …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Belgian Senate committee on Wednesday voted in favor of passing a controversial bill that aims to extend the right to request euthanasia to children with terminal illnesses and adults with dementia. Although still not yet a law, the bill cleared the committee in a 13-4 vote, according to Senate communications director Patrick …

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by Bradley McAllister

A lawyer representing two same-sex couples in Texas announced on Wednesday that a complaint is filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas challenging Article 1, Sec. 32 of the state's constitution that bans marriage between same-sex partners. Texas passed the amendment in 2005 and the state does not recognize lawful …

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