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Legal news from Thursday, February 20, 2014
by Amy Mathieu

Egypt put three Al Jazeera journalists on trial on Thursday for allegedly aiding a terrorist organization and spreading false news. All three men, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Al Jazeera has stated that the accusations are absurd and the three men are innocent. The Egyptian government contends …

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by Taylor Gillan

A US District Judge on Wednesday said that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is being held at a detention facility at Guantanamo Bay can answer written questions from the lawyers preparing to defend Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, at his New York City terrorism trial in March. Judge …

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by Peter Snyder

A judge for the Third Judicial District Court of Nebraska on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to pass through the state. The law, LB 1161 was passed by the Nebraska legislature in 2012 and amended the Major Oil Pipeline Siting Act (MOPSA) allowing an alternative method …

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by Taylor Gillan

Nine same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit in a state court in Denver, Colorado challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The couples argued that the ban violates their constitutional rights of equal protection and due process. Amendment 43 of Colorado's state constitution, passed by voters in 2006, defines marriage as being "only a union between one …

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by Amy Mathieu

The South Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would prohibit individuals from having abortions based on the gender of the fetus. Representative Jenna Haggar is the lead sponsor of the bill, which opponents argue will be impossible to enforce. The bill would make gender-based abortion a Class 6 felony, …

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by Peter Snyder

The Cortes Generales, the bicameral parliament of Spain, on Thursday rejected a proposed referendum that would have allowed the Catalonia region to vote on whether the autonomous community should become an independent state or remain a part of Spain. The referendum, scheduled for November 9, 2014 was voted …

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by Cynthia Miley

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday prompted Central African Republic (CAR) leaders to remember their legal obligations and stressed that they are personally accountable for human rights violations or crimes against humanity resulting from their actions or omissions. Pillay pointed out that reports of killings and violence are continuing …

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by Cynthia Miley

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Wednesday that it will not appeal the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision striking down the FCC's rules requiring broadband providers to employ nondiscriminatory practices in the treatment of Internet content. While the appellate court did reaffirm the FCC's …

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