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Legal news from Monday, February 24, 2014
by Addison Morris

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned the recent escalating violence in Thailand and called for a cessation of violence, asking the government to bring all responsible parties to justice. Additionally, the Secretary-General urged all parties involved to respect human rights, and to communicate openly in order to advance reform. He offered …

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by Addison Morris

A Russian court on Monday sentenced seven anti-Putin protesters to up to four years in prison for rioting and inciting violence against police at a 2012 protest. The protesters 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 …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on the federal government's power to regulate certain greenhouse gases. In United Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, which was consolidated with six other cases, the court has limited the grant of review to the following issue: Whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

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by Daniel Mullen

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear rule on three new petitions that address the scope of the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The Supreme Court denied the petitions, two of which were filed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), without opinion. In NRA v. Alcohol Tobacco …

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by Taylor Gillan

Ukraine's acting interior minister Arsen Avakhov on Monday said on his official Facebook page that an arrest warrant has been issued for the country's fugitive president, Viktor Yanukovich, for the mass killings of civilian anti-government protestors. In his statement, Avakhov said that an official case had been opened for the mass murder of …

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by Taylor Gillan

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on Friday ruled that same-sex couples in Cook County may be issued marriage licenses immediately rather than having to wait for the effective date of Illinois' same-sex marriage law in June. After US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman's ruling, which only applies …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Turkey's parliament on Saturday passed a law granting itself greater control with respect to the judicial appointment process. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and violence inside parliament the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) pushed the bill though parliament, thereby granting the Justice Ministry greater control over the Supreme Board of Judges and …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed into law a bill criminalizing the promotion and recognition of homosexual relations. Reports indicate that first-time offenders will face up to 14 years in prison, while those charged with "aggravated homosexuality" will face life in prison. The law also requires Ugandans to report homosexual activity to the authorities or face …

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