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Legal news from Friday, March 12, 2010
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Three special masters sitting in the US Federal Court of Claims [official website] Friday rejected [opinions, PDF] three compensation actions brought in a coordinated omnibus proceeding [backgrounder, PDF; HRSA backgrounder] by families of autistic children who had argued that their children's autism was induced by vaccines containing mercury-laden thimerosol. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana released a report [text, PDF] Friday criticizing the government of Myanmar for long-standing human rights abuses and said some of those might qualify as war crimes prosecutable by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng [official profile] resigned Thursday in defense of her position against the death penalty. Though Taiwan has not executed a criminal since 2005, Wang said she would not sign [BBC report] the execution warrants of any of the 44 prisoners [Taiwan News report] still on [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [Oyez profile] endorsed a ban on the election of judges at the state and local level on Thursday while speaking at a conference for the National Association of Women Judges [official website]. Ginsburg said she supported her former colleague, retired [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese government responded on Friday to the release [JURIST report] of a US human rights report critical of China by issuing its own report [text] criticizing the US human rights record. The report covered issues relating to crime, racial discrimination, and poverty, and accused the US of using [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday unanimously approved a bill [bill; S. 1789] to reduce sentencing disparities for powder and crack cocaine offenses. The Fair Sentencing Act, introduced by Senator Dick Durbin [D-IL; official profile], is intended to bridge the gap between crack and powder cocaine sentencing [read more]

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