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Legal news from Tuesday, February 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister

A panel of five judges for the UK Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that UK laws do allow for whole life prison sentences, despite a July European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling finding whole life sentences violate human rights, unless there is a system that requires parole review. In Tuesday's …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Agency on Tuesday formally charged Prime Minister Yingluck Sinawatra with neglect of duty relating to management of the country's multi-billion dollar rice-subsidy program. The charges allege that Shinawatra failed to adequately address reports of corruption in the allocation of the subsidies, at a large …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The Indiana Senate on Monday approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage in the state. The largely Republican Senate approved the amendment, sent from the Indiana House of Representatives after a change that removed a ban on same-sex civil unions, by a vote of 32-17. The proposed amendment must still …

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by Bradley McAllister

The Philippines Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Act), which penalizes libel online, is constitutional, despite a number of petitions challenging the law on the grounds that it unjustly limits citizens' rights including free speech. The Act combats various online crimes such as hacking, identify theft, child pornography and libel. While …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

The Supreme People's Court of Vietnam on Tuesday upheld the conviction of US-trained lawyer Le Quoc Quan, a known anti-government activist. The appeal was heard over a half-day trial with the court stating that they had found no new evidence and that the sentence of 30 months in jail, handed down …

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by Stephen Adelgren

Former Pakistani prime minister Pervez Musharraf made his first appearance in Pakistani court on Tuesday to answer charges of treason related to his suspension of the constitution and use of emergency powers in 2007. Musharraf has repeatedly delayed appearing in court, first based on fear of bomb threats and later on his failing health; he …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Supreme Court of Georgia heard arguments on Monday regarding the constitutionality of a law allowing the state to withhold the identities of the manufacturers of Georgia's lethal injection drugs. Last May, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law HB 122, which included a provision mandating that "the identifying information of any person or …

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