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Legal news from Wednesday, March 21, 2012
12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official website] on Tuesday signed into law a bill [HB 461, text] that extends the waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. The Utah waiting period law closely mirrors a South Dakota law passed last year [JURIST report] [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled 5-4 [opinion, PDF] Tuesday in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] on the abrogation of states' Eleventh Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] sovereign immunity by the self-care leave provision of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) [DOL backgrounder]. Petitioner [read more]

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[JURIST] A Russian court in the Siberian province of Tomsk on Wednesday rejected a call to ban a translation of the Hindu holy book the Bhagavad Gita. Prosecutors in the case argued that a preface accompanying a 1968 translation of the text written by the founder of the International Society [read more]

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[JURIST] Dane County Circuit Court [official website] Judge Richard Neiss refused Tuesday to halt his ruling that Wisconsin's voter identification law [text, PDF] is unconstitutional. Neiss had previously ruled the law was unconstitutional [JURIST report] and the attorney general requested the law be enforced while they await appeal of his [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawmakers in Suriname [official website, in Dutch] on Wednesday proposed a bill that would amend the country's current amnesty law and extend amnesty to alleged offenses committed in defense of the state. The proposed amendment would effectively end the trial of President Desi Bouterse [official profile, in Dutch] who [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that victims of the $7 million Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Allen Stanford [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] may pursue a class action lawsuit. Stanford was convicted of defrauding victims in America and in Latin [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Tuesday expressed concern over reports of excessive force [press release] used by Bahraini security forces against citizen protesters. The alleged disproportionate use of force [UPI report] has involved birdshot pellets, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters being [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Tuesday in the cases of Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs [transcripts; JURIST report] on whether the imposition of a life-without-parole sentence on a 14-year-old child convicted of homicide violates the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment [text] [read more]

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