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Legal news from Wednesday, November 14, 2012
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday passed the second reading of a bill [SB 05] that makes same-sex marriage [JURIST feature] illegal and also places sanctions on individuals who aid in the marriage of same-sex couples. The measure was approved [JURIST report] by the Nigerian Senate [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Wednesday retracted a contempt of court charge filed against Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf after approving notification of his compliance with a June directive that ordered the revival of corruption charges against President Asif Ali Zardari [official website]. Pakistan's Minister for [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lanka should take appropriate measures to protect the country's judiciary from threats, intimidation and physical attacks, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers urged [press release] on Wednesday. In her statement, Gabriela Knaul [official profile] noted that the situation of recent attacks on judges [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Wednesday confirming the arbitrary executions of at least 264 civilians in Masisi Territory and North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [CIA backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The victims, including 83 children, [read more]

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[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday signed [press release, in Russian] amendments to the Russian Criminal Code which redefine treason and espionage, despite assurances he would reconsider the changes to ensure they did not make the definition overly broad. The amendments [read more]

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[JURIST] Toyota Motor Corp. [corporate website] agreed to a $25.5 million settlement on Tuesday in a class action lawsuit [case materials] arising out of issues with unintended vehicle acceleration recalls in 2010. The lawsuit [Detroit News report] was brought by shareholders who argued that they were harmed by the company's [read more]

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[JURIST] US military prosecutors on Tuesday urged the death penalty for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales [JURIST news archive] who is accused of having murdered 16 Afghan civilians in a late-night rampage in March. After a week long investigatory hearing [JURIST report] under Article 32 [text], prosecutor Maj. Rob Stelle urged [read more]

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[JURIST] The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) [union website] on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the Dane County Circuit Court [official website] challenging the constitutionality of a controversial law [text] limiting the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. The WLEA is challenging the law, also known as [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN Population Fund (UNPF) [official website] annual report [text, PDF] released Wednesday highlights family planning as an essential human right that has positive effects on economic development. The "State of World Population 2012" report details the reasoning for considering contraception a human right, the benefits of access to [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina [official website] on Tuesday heard arguments on part of South Carolina's controversial immigration law [SB 20, materials] that permits law enforcement officials to detain motorists on the side of the road for a "reasonable amount of [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday released its first opinion of the term, ruling unanimously in US v. Bormes [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] that the federal government does not automatically waive sovereign immunity through the Little Tucker Act [Cornell LII backgrounder] in the present case. The court [read more]

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