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Legal news from Saturday, March 1, 2014
by Matthew Pomy

Turkey's main opposition party, the Republican People's Party (CHP), asked the nation's high court on Friday to overturn a newly enacted law granting parliament greater control over the judiciary. The CHP claims the law is an attempt by the controlling party to avoid the consequences of the recent graft inquiry. Amid protests over suspected government corruption and …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday rejected a request by Suleiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama bin-Laden, to delay his trial on the grounds that the government had confused him with a similarly-named detainee at Guantanamo Bay. Kaplan denied …

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by Matthew Pomy

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on Friday granted a stay on the enforcement of his previous ruling instructing Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages. The state requested a stay of 90-days, but Judge John Heyburn II granted only 21 days for the state to implement the new …

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by Nicholas Tomsho

UN Special Rapporteur Magdalena Sepulveda urged Guinea-Bissau authorities on Friday to address the needs of those living in the country in extreme poverty. Sepulveda called on Guinea-Bissau to "move the country's politics away from short-term power struggles," and address "the consistent decline of investment in critical social services such as health and education, dramatically impairing …

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