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Legal news from Wednesday, December 11, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

The Supreme Court of Indiaon Wednesday reinstated an 1861 law prohibiting sex between consenting adults of the same sex, overturning a lower court decision. The law, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, was passed during the British colonial era and calls for a 10-year sentence for "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Lozano v. Montoya Alvarez the court will determine whether a district court considering a petition under the Hague Convention for the return of an abducted child may equitably toll the running of the one-year …

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by Taylor Gillan

Uruguay's Senate on Tuesday passed a measure to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. The bill, if signed into law by President Jose Mujica, will make Uruguay the first country in the world to have a system that regulates marijuana production, sale and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Kansas v. Cheever that the Fifth Amendment does not prohibit the government from introducing evidence from a court-ordered mental evaluation of a criminal defendant to rebut that defendant's presentation of expert testimony in support of a defense of voluntary intoxication. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In the consolidated cases of Environmental Protection Agency v. EME Homer City Generation and American Lung Association v. EME Homer City Generation the court is considering the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Sprint Communications, Inc. v. Jacobs that the federal court did not have to delay proceedings while a similar state court proceeding was ongoing. The case dealt with the application of Younger v. Harris where state regulations affect telephone-via-internet calls. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg …

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