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Legal news from Sunday, February 9, 2014
by Bradley McAllister

Florida's highest court on Thursday ordered an evidentiary hearing to determine if the sedative midazolam should remain in the state's lethal injection procedure. The case of Paul Augustus Howell reached the state high court after a successful appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 2013. The court of Appeals …

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by Bradley McAllister

The UN and the African Union (AU) have signed a joint agreement on the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in Africa. The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, signed the document with Ambassador Smail Chergui of Algeria, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union. The …

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by Addison Morris

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Saturday that the federal government plans to give married same-sex couples the same benefits as heterosexual couples when filing for bankruptcy, testifying in court or visiting family members in prison. These benefits would allow same-sex couples to be covered by spousal privilege in criminal investigations, wherein one spouse …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Tunisian authorities, in celebration of the country's new constitution, to quash the sentences of anyone convicted under laws that violate human rights, including Jaber Mejri. In March 2012, Mejri and another blogger, Ghazi Beji, were sentenced to more than seven years in prison for harming "public order or …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting less than 30 percent of all Americans' phone records due to the inability to keep up with the increased use of cellular phones, according to disclosures made by current and former US officials on Friday. This contradicts the widely-held belief that the government is collecting all domestic phone records, and …

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