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Legal news from Tuesday, February 14, 2012
13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The New Jersey Senate [official website] on Monday voted 24-16 to approve the Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act [text, PDF], a bill which, if enacted, would legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder] in the state. Under the bill, marriage would be defined as the "legally recognized union of two [read more]

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[JURIST] A Tunisian court on Tuesday dropped charges against former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi [JURIST news archive] for illegally entering the country, but the former figurehead under the regime of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] remains in jail until a final decision on his extradition [read more]

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[JURIST] A local Chinese court in Xiamen on Monday indicted Lai Changxing [CNTV backgrounder] on charges of bribing Chinese government officials and running a Xiamen-based network that smuggled large quantities of goods during the 1990s. As chairman of the Yuanhua Group in Xiamen, Lai allegedly smuggled [Reuters report] billions of [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments from minority student advocates who urged the court to reconsider California's voter-approved ban on affirmative action based on race or gender preferences in education and state hiring. The ban, Proposition 209 [text], has [read more]

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[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive], in a speech [text] to the UN General Assembly on Monday, called for the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Pillay urged an investigation of [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of State (DOS) [official website] on Monday dispatched a team of international law experts to Haiti to assess how to reinforce the Haitian judiciary's power and independence, according to Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille [official website, in French]. Conille said that one of the experts' goals [read more]

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[JURIST] Apple [official website; Bloomberg backgrounder] requested that the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] grant a preliminary injunction against Samsung [official website; Bloomberg backgrounder] on Wednesday, to block the company from selling its new phone, the Galaxy Nexus [official profile]. The smartphone uses Google's [read more]

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