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Legal news from Friday, March 30, 2012
20:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Martin Feldman of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Thursday issued a ruling [text, PDF] striking down the Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation [SB 381 text, PDF] law, which labels persons who are convicted of certain types of solictation as sex [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] An administrative judge for the Department of Education [official website] overturned [order, PDF] a $55,000 fine issued against Virginia Tech for its response to the shootings in 2007 [NYT backgrounder]. Judge Ernest Canellos ruled that the university's warning system did not violate the Clery Act [text], which sets regulations [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The New Hampshire House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved [results] a bill [HB 1660 text] that would prohibit abortion [JURIST news archive] procedures to be performed after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill, formerly titled "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," finds substantial medical evidence that [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Six Oklahoma voters, along with women's healthcare providers and religious groups, filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] Thursday against an Oklahoma ballot initiative [text, PDF] that would amend the state constitution to redefine "personhood." The amendment would confer "personhood" rights to embryos at the "beginning of biological development." If the [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged [press release] the Bahraini government to release Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment [JURIST report; BBC report] last year by a military court, so that he does not die as a result of his 50 day hunger [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday found former housing minister Mohamed Ibrahim Soliman guilty of corruption and sentenced him to a total of eight years in prison. He was charged with violating laws regulating tenders and auctions including profiteering, illegal seizure of state land and squandering public funds. During his [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday called on the Afghan government to release women and girls imprisoned in Afghanistan for "moral crimes" [press release], many of which involve flight from unlawful forced marriage or domestic violence and "zina," which is sex outside of marriage due to rape [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Kansas House of Representatives [official website] approved a bill [HB 2384; PDF] Wednesday that prohibits a governing body from passing a law that would infringe on an individual's right to religion, which some suggest is a guise to discriminate against same-sex couples. The bill is commonly known as [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday awarded [opinion, PDF] $44.6 million from Iran to two US marines and their families as a result of injuries sustained in the 1983 suicide-truck bombing on American barracks in Beirut, Lebanon [BBC backgrounder]. Relying on the findings of fact from Peterson v. Islamic Republic [read more]

00:03 EDT

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