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Legal news from Friday, February 21, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

Arizona state lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that will allow state business owners to refuse service to individuals for "religious reasons," a law that has been denounced by critics as sanctioning discrimination against LGBT individuals. The bill was jointly written by the conservative Center for Arizona Policy and the Alliance Defending …

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by Stephen Adelgren

German officials on Thursday raided the homes of three men and arrested them for their suspected roles as guards at the Auschwitz death camp during World War II. The men, aged 88, 92 and 94, are currently being detained in the Hohenasperg prison hospital. They are being charged as accessories to murder, an example set …

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by Amy Mathieu

Moscow's Zamoskvoretksy District Court convicted eight anti-Kremlin protesters on Friday of rioting and violence against police at a protest in 2012. The protestors were arrested the night before Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as president. At the protest in 2012, police cut off access to the public square where the rally was …

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by Matthew Pomy

A Haitian appellate court ruled on Thursday that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier can be charged under international law with crimes against humanity committed during his rule. Haitian authorities reopened a criminal case against Duvalier three years ago after he returned to the country from a 25-year exile in France. The charges against Duvalier …

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by Amy Mathieu

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a filing on Thursday that her office will not defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. Rosenblum said that the ban cannot survive a federal constitutional challenge under any standard of review. Rosenblum went on to say that there was no rational basis to refuse to honor …

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by Addison Morris

A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled Friday that the New York Police Department's (NYPD) surveillance on Muslims is a lawful effort for national security, and does not constitute harm or violation of civil rights. The controversial surveillance program, which allegedly targets individuals based on religious affiliation, was …

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by Matthew Pomy

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called for changes to the way Australia deals with asylum seekers. As of August 2013, Australia transfers all individuals seeking asylum to a holding camp in Papua New Guinea. From here, they are processed and eventually resettled outside of Australia. This detention can be lengthy, …

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by Addison Morris

Saudi Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Muhammed Haza al Darbi on Thursday pleaded guilty to involvement in terrorism-related activities, including the 2002 al Qaeda plot to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. Had al Darbi gone to trial, he faced a potential sentence of life imprisonment. However, the plea agreement stipulates that …

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by Kimberly Bennett

New York has agreed to reforms that would reduce the use of solitary confinement and ban solitary confinement for prisoners under 18 years old, according to court documents released on Wednesday. Under the agreement, the state will immediately halt the use of solitary confinement for youth, pregnant inmates, and developmentally disabled and intellectually challenged prisoners. The state …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The European Commission on Thursday commenced legal proceedings against the UK for failing to maintain air level standards. According to air pollution legislation, nitrogen dioxide limits should have been met by January 1, 2010, unless given an extension until January 1, 2015. The directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air in Europe requires …

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