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Legal news from Thursday, April 24, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

Lawmakers in Kosovo on Wednesday voted 89-22 to create an EU-backed court that will investigate crimes committed by ethnic Albanian rebels during the 1998 war with Serbia. The move follows international pressure for Kosovo to open a state investigation into civilian killings committed by the rebel side. The court will be based in Kosovo, though …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans abortions after 20 weeks after a woman's last menstrual period, or as early as 18 weeks of pregnancy. The bill, passed earlier this month, allows for an exception to the ban if the woman faces death or permanent injury …

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by Kimberly Bennett

UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Ivory Coast Doudou Diene on Wednesday called on authorities in the Ivory Coast to undertake broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). Diene's statements follow the recent adoption of a bill on the IEC's composition, organization, powers and functioning, in …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The Supreme Court of Oklahoma ruled Wednesday that two inmates' constitutional rights were not violated by keeping sources of lethal injection drugs secret. The 5-4 opinion affirmed the district court's declaratory judgment that denied the prisoners relief and reversed the declaratory judgment that found confidentiality of the source of drug cocktails unconstitutional. The …

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