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Legal news from Tuesday, August 24, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday announced plans to investigate claims by Eskisehir Police Chief Hanefi Avci that evidence of several alleged coups plots, particularly Ergenekon, was fabricated. Avci alleged in a book he recently published, Devotee Residents of Halich: Yesterday State, Today Religious Congregation, that the evidence was distorted and fabricated …

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by Christian Ehret

The California Senate voted 22-12 Monday in favor of a joint resolution to urge the federal government to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Among other concerns, the resolution states that, under the law, same-sex couples legally married in the state are prevented from accessing the federal …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US State Department (DOS) on Monday released a report on human rights in the US, which was presented to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights (UNHCHR) last week. The report was submitted in order to comply with the rules of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Capital punishment advocates in Switzerland can begin collecting signatures in support of a referendum to reinstate the death penalty for those convicted of murder, the Federal Chancellery announced Tuesday. Campaigners for the referendum have until February 24, 2012, to accumulate at least 100,000 signatures in support of the measure …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction Monday blocking federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Last year, President Barack Obama signed an executive order permitting federal funding for some forms of embryonic stem cell research. Despite the executive order, Chief …

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