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Legal news from Tuesday, March 11, 2014

[JURIST] 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 [RIA Novosti report] the Crimean referendum unconstitutional and violative of international law, warned Crimea to cancel the referendum … [read more]

[JURIST] A Croatian court on Tuesday convicted former prime minister Ivo Sanader [JURIST news archive] of corruption and sentenced him to nine years in prison. The court also convicted [BBC report] the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) [party website, in Croatian] for siphoning funds from state-run companies. Sanader has been ordered … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a response [text, PDF] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [JURIST report] last month, which imposes life sentences for those convicted of "aggravated homosexuality." The … [read more]

[JURIST] The West Virginia House of Representatives [official website] on Saturday approved a bill [HB 4588] to prohibit abortions later than 20 weeks after conception. The House passed the bill [AP report] by a vote of 85-15 with two delegates not participating. The bill passed the West Virginia Senate a … [read more]

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