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Legal news from Thursday, February 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Tuesday announced that Augustin Ndindiliyimana, the former chief of staff of the Rwandan parliamentary police, and Francois-Xavier Nzuwonemeye, the former commander of a military reconnaissance battalion, had been acquitted on appeal. In May the trial chamber convicted Ndindiliyimana of genocide, extermination as a crime against …

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by Peter Snyder

Four married same-sex couples have joined with the Forum for Equality Louisiana in filling a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the Louisiana Constitution's prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. The Louisiana Constitution as amended in 2004 defines marriage as "only of the union of one man and one …

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by Taylor Gillan

US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the NSA, and the director of the FBI challenging the constitutionality of the NSA's surveillance program. The class action complaint seeks a declaration that the Mass Association Tracking Program (MATP) violates the …

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by Amy Mathieu

Judge Terence Kern for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma issued a temporary restraining order on The Apothecary Shoppe in Tulsa to stop the pharmacy from providing an execution drug to the Missouri Department of Corrections for an upcoming lethal injection. The restraining order was issued [AP …

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by Peter Snyder

The main opposition party in Sri Lanka, The United National Party (UNP) released a statement Thursday demanding the Sri Lankan government conduct an investigation into alleged war crimes that occurred during the 26 year Sri Lankan Civil War that ended in 2009. The Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of …

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by Amy Mathieu

The United States District Court of Maine ruled on Wednesday that a city ordinance banning people from panhandling in median strips of streets was unconstitutional. US District Judge George Singal found that the Portland, Maine ordinance's distinction between allowing people to be in the medians to place political campaign signs, and …

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by Theresa Donovan

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez on Wednesday urged the Tajikistan government to implement policies and laws that have been previously adopted by the government in order to end torture and ill-treatment within the country. Mendez was encouraged by Tajikistan's response to his last visit and recommendations he had given to the government …

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by Theresa Donovan

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize valid out-of-state marriages between same-sex couples living in Kentucky. The case was brought by four same-sex couples living in Kentucky, who had been legally married in Canada or other US states prior to moving to Kentucky. …

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by Cynthia Miley

Italy's Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck down a drug law that tripled sentences for selling, cultivating or possessing marijuana. The constitutional court declared the law illegitimate without further elaboration. The cannabis law was blamed for causing Italian prison overcrowding, and an estimated 10,000 people may be released from jail with its repeal. The …

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by Cynthia Miley

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit on Monday in the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri on behalf of eight same-sex couples seeking recognition for their marriages, which were all performed out of state. Currently, Missouri's Constitutional Amendment 2, approved by Missouri voters …

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