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Legal news from Wednesday, March 5, 2014
by Daniel Mullen

Lawyers for Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday challenging an Arizona law limiting the use of abortion-inducing drugs. Bryan Howard, the president of Planned Parenthood, stated that the regulation could deprive Arizona women of access to medication abortion altogether and goes against the …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in Rosemond v. United States that defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime in order to be convicted under federal gun laws. Justus Rosemond was charged, among other things, for using a gun in connection …

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by Daniel Mullen

The US Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Wednesday in BG Group v. Republic of Argentina, an international arbitration case that raises the question of whether, in disputes involving a multi-staged dispute resolution process, a court or the arbitrator determines whether a precondition to arbitration has been satisfied. The case involves a Bilateral Investment Treaty …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The Arizona House of Representatives approved a bill on Tuesday that would allow for unannounced inspections of licensed abortion clinics. The Republican-backed measure, which passed in the House 34-22, would delete a provision in a state law that mandates that an administrative warrant be obtained from a judge to inspect any of the nine …

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by Dominic Yobbi

More than 30 human rights and civil society organizations on Tuesday called for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Tuesday was the fifth anniversary of his indictment on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, torture, rape, extermination, and forcible transfer). In the open letter addressed to the UN …

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by Peter Snyder

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat detected. The measure passed by a vote of 73-29. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as five weeks into pregnancy. Three other abortion bills were also passed by the House Tuesday. The …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday urged the international community to respond to recent and reoccurring crimes against humanity perpetrated by both government and non-government entities during the ongoing Syrian Civil War. The commission's official report, which is premised upon interviews and investigations …

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by Benjamin Minegar

A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Tuesday refused to block the state's ban on same-sex marriage pending outcome of a trial. Judge Barbara Crabb refused to grant the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) motion to enjoin enforcement of the ban on grounds that doing so would merely …

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by Peter Snyder

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear said Tuesday that the state will hire outside counsel to appeal a federal judge's order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Judge John Heyburn of the US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky ruled …

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by Theresa Donovan

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Tuesday that US courts could not be used to collect $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees that previously resulted in an Ecuadorian court's judgment against Chevron. Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote in his near 500-page ruling that the …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of Plumhoff v. Rickard on whether the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in denying qualified immunity to police offers who were found to have used unreasonable force against a suspect. The case was brought on appeal …

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