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Legal news from Tuesday, January 14, 2014
by Bradley McAllister

Judge Nan Nash of the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court ruled Monday that patients who are terminally ill and mentally competent have the right to seek aid in dying under the state constitution. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the advocacy group Compassion & Choices on …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Egyptians began voting Tuesday in a two-day referendum on the proposed new constitution, which would replace the one passed under former president Mohammed Morsi. Supporters of the new constitution view the referendum as a grand democratic move and the document itself as vesting them with new rights previously unrecognized. However, critics have claimed that the referendum is more about …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. that the lawsuit in question is not a "mass action" suit under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) of 2005, reversing the previous holding of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. CAFA …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Daimer AG v. Bauman that DaimlerChrysler AG (Daimler) does not have to face suit in California for alleged human rights violations by a subsidiary that took place entirely in Argentina. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled for Barbara …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Italy's Constitutional Court released a judgment Tuesday detailing their reasoning for striking down the country's current electoral law in a December ruling. The voting law, which has been widely criticized for making election results uncertain, was ruled unconstitutional for its provisions that granted major benefits to the winners of House elections. But the judgment did not …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Two former Serbian senior secret service officials were arrested Tuesday under suspicion that they planned the 1999 killing of anti-government journalist Slavko Curuvija. Police claim that former spy agency head Milan Radonjic and operations chief Ratko Romic were involved in the shooting death of the journalist outside his home in Belgrade on April 11, 1999, during the …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya on Monday urged the government of Kenya to respect the rights of the Sengwer indigenous people, who are facing eviction from their native home in the Embobut Forest in western Kenya. Kenyan authorities have been assembling nearby to enforce evictions ordered …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Monday upheld the conviction and sentencing of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab for his attempted bombing on an American aircraft. Abdulmutallab was sentenced to life in prison in February 2012 after pleading guilty to all charges stemming from an unsuccessful …

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