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Legal news from Thursday, March 6, 2014
by Ann Schober

Four same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in Wyoming state court on Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of the state's restriction of marriage to one man and one woman. The couples, along with the civil rights advocacy group Wyoming Equality, are challenging Wyoming's law banning same-sex marriage and the state's refusal to legally recognize same-sex marriages …

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by Taylor Gillan

A group of UN independent experts on Thursday asked Venezuela's government to provide a clear answer to allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive force against journalists, media workers and demonstrators during the country's recent protests. The group, which included Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue, Chair …

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by William Helbling

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is encouraging county clerks statewide to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Madigan's actions are a result of a ruling by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that same-sex couples in Cook County may be issued marriage licenses immediately, rather than having to …

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by Taylor Gillan

Turkey's Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled in favor of retired general Ilker Basbug's appeal against his sentence for life imprisonment. The ruling may allow for his release by the lower court and set a precedent for more than 200 others currently imprisoned for allegedly playing roles …

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by Peter Snyder

Saadi Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi was extradited from Niger back to Libya Thursday to stand trial for crimes allegedly committed during his father's rule. Saadi is the most recent fugitive whom the Libyan government has extradited from Niger. In February Abdallah Mansur, a former top …

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by Amy Mathieu

Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying Musharraf's request to be tried in military court. …

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by Peter Snyder

Members of Parliament in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea on Thursday asked the Russian government to allow the region to become part of the Russian Federation. According to the parliament, a referendum to approve the decision to secede from Ukraine and join Russia or restore the 1992 Crimean Constitution, which would maintain the region …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) office of the Inspector General has reportedly requested that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate CIA conduct in secret detention programs that was the focus of an unreleased US Senate study. Individuals reported to McClatchy Newspapers that this request may be based on monitoring by the …

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by Cynthia Miley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on class certification procedures in stock and securities fraud litigation. In Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. Johnson Fund, Inc. the court will decide whether the Fifth Circuit's ruling is contradictory both to prior Supreme Court precedents and to the Federal Rule of Civil …

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by Theresa Donovan

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday in Lozano v. Alvarez that under the Hague Convention, the one-year period for filing a petition for a child's abduction to another country is not subject to equitable tolling. The court stated that to invoke the remedy under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects …

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