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Legal news from Wednesday, April 30, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Amnesty International (AI) called on the Pakistani government on Wednesday to address human rights abuses against media workers in Pakistan. In a report also released Wednesday, AI documents the brutal treatment of media workers in Pakistan, claiming that many journalists have been threatened, harassed, abducted, tortured and murdered. AI's Asia-Pacific Director David Griffiths …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Tuesday that it would begin a fact-finding mission into allegations of the use of chlorine gas in Syria. Although both rebel forces and the Syrian government acknowledge that the chemical weapon was used on the Syrian town of Kafr Zita, both factions …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard its final oral arguments of the term. In Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies the court heard arguments on whether a company can be held liable for inducing patent infringement even when no one company has committed direct patent infringement. Akamai Technologies …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Six Ohio couples on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, challenges the constitutional prohibition against same-sex marriage, approved by voters in 2004. The lawsuit alleges that the ban violates the Equal Protection …

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by Peter Snyder

Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday shortly after doctors called off a failed attempt to execute him using a new cocktail of lethal injection drugs. According to the state corrections department, 13 minutes after administering the drug cocktail Lockett regained some level of consciousness at which point doctors called off …

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by Peter Snyder

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin's Act 23, which requires residents to present photo identification to vote, violates the Voting Rights Act and the US Constitution. US District Judge Lynn Adelman found that the requirement violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights …

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