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Legal news from Friday, March 8, 2013
by Andrew Morgan

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by Alison Sacriponte

The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-7 on Thursday to approve gun-related legislation, establishing potential floor votes on the issue of gun violence for the first time in nearly a decade. The bill, aimed at stopping illegal firearm trafficking, would make straw purchasing weapons—buying a weapon for someone who is barred from owning one—a federal …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday postponed commencement of the trial of Kenyan vice-presidential contender William Ruto to ensure trial preparedness. In mid-February, defense counsel for Ruto asserted that the prosecution had failed to disclose a "significant volume" of materials relating to witness testimony despite having the "bulk" of the material in …

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by Addison Morris

Independent experts within the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday urged governments around the world to take decisive steps to ensure and protect women's rights, and to "turn decades of empty promises into concrete changes." In a statement recognizing International Women's Day, experts praised the progress women and governments have …

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by Samuel Franklin

A son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden pleaded not guilty on Friday in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to conspiracy to kill US citizens. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith appeared before Judge Lewis Kaplan, briefly answering questions during his 20-minute arraignment. The indictment alleges that …

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by Max Slater

US President Barack Obama signed into law an updated version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) on Thursday. The VAWA, originally passed in 1994, provides legal assistance, counseling and other resources for victims of rape and domestic abuse. The law expired in 2011. The updated VAWA includes new protections for …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden, has been captured and will be appear in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday to face federal charges. He is accused of plotting to kill Americans. Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco said, "The arrest …

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