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Legal news from Friday, January 17, 2014
by Samuel Franklin

A judge for the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday rejected a proposed $165 million settlement agreement for the now-bankrupt city of Detroit to pay off UBS and Bank of America. Referring to the agreement as financially imprudent, Judge Steven Rhodes put a halt to what has been …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday struck down the state's nearly two-year-old voter identification law, considered one of the most strict in the nation. In his opinion, MicGinley wrote that the state had failed to adequately explain why the law was a necessary measure: "Voting laws are designed to …

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by Stephen Adelgren

The Tulsa County Clerk's Office filed a notice of appeal on Thursday with the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit to overturn a district court ruling striking down Oklahoma's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The district court judge ruled on Tuesday that Part A of the amendment violates the …

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by Amy Mathieu

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni refused to sign a bill proposed by the nation's Parliament that would toughen punishments for homosexuals in Uganda. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced in 2009 and the Ugandan Parliament passed the bill last month. Homosexuality has long been illegal in Uganda, and the …

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by Amy Mathieu

The prolonged execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire on Thursday has stirred a controversy over new drugs used to administer lethal injections. McGuire was convicted in 1994 of raping and murdering a 22-year-old girl in 1989 and lost his appeal to the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1997. Earlier this month McGuire's attorneys filed for …

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by Matthew Pomy

Madagascar's electoral court ruled on Friday that ex-finance minister Hery Rajaonarimampianina was properly elected president despite allegations that the election was rigged. The court ruled that Rajaonarimampianina won 53.5 percent of the vote while his opponent Jean Louis Robinson, former health minister, won 46.5 percent. Controversy has surrounded the election and continues to be disputed. Observers of …

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by Addison Morris

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Thursday filed notice of his plans to appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, a December ruling that requires the state to recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples on Ohio death certificates. The ruling, made last month by Judge Timothy Black, found …

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by Matthew Pomy

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen refused Thursday to ratify a law that would partially criminalize marital rape, calling it "un-Islamic." The law was passed by the Maldivian Parliament 67-2 last month. While the law would not have criminalized all cases of marital rape, it would have outlaw it in cases when a dissolution action is pending, when …

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by Addison Morris

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday warned Syrian opposition groups that recent mass executions are in violation of international human rights, and that these acts may also constitute war crimes. Pillay claimed that she has received numerous reports from reliable eyewitness sources claiming that several civilians in the custody of armed …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Ukraine lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation punishing by fines or arrest the blockading of public buildings, protesters wearing masks or helmets, the dissemination of Internet slander, and providing facilities or equipment for unauthorized meetings. Critics allege the laws were passed to suppress protests against President Viktor Yanukovych. The legislation passage was …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Thursday criticized the Vatican on the its handling of child sex abuse. During questioning in Geneva, committee member Sara Oviedo forced Vatican officials to acknowledge that the Holy See had been slow to react to allegations of sexual abuse by …

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