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Legal news from Tuesday, March 11, 2014
by Ann Schober

Crimea's parliament voted Tuesday to secede from the Ukraine and declare itself an independent state in the event of a yes vote in a referendum scheduled for Sunday. Ukraine's parliament, calling the Crimean referendum unconstitutional and violative of international law, warned Crimea to cancel the referendum by Wednesday or face dissolution. Crimea, a region …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Croatian court on Tuesday convicted former prime minister Ivo Sanader of corruption and sentenced him to nine years in prison. The court also convicted the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) for siphoning funds from state-run companies. Sanader has been ordered to return nearly USD $2.8 million, and the …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday filed a response to public comments in defense of the December antitrust settlement that allowed the merger of American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc, forming American Airlines Group, Inc. The 51-page report, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, argues …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A group of Uganda rights activists on Tuesday petitioned the country's Constitutional Court to overturn a recent law criminalizing the promotion and recognition of homosexual relations. President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month, which imposes life sentences for those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality." The petitioners, led by the Civil Society Coalition on …

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by Bradley McAllister

The West Virginia House of Representatives on Saturday approved a bill to prohibit abortions later than 20 weeks after conception. The House passed the bill by a vote of 85-15 with two delegates not participating. The bill passed the West Virginia Senate a few days earlier, and the legislation now awaits approval from …

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