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Legal news from Wednesday, May 22, 2013
by Addison Morris

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved S. 744, an immigration reform bill. The bill, entitled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, is intended to help create a 13-year path to citizenship for the approximately 11 million current undocumented immigrants, contingent upon strengthening security along the Mexican border. The bill also proposed an …

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by Addison Morris

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday signed the country's new constitution into law, clearing the path to pivotal elections later this year. The new constitution limits future presidents to two five-year terms. The provision limiting presidential terms will not apply retroactively, so the 89-year-old Mugabe will be able to run in the next …

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by G. Redd

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Arizona law banning abortions at 20 weeks violates women's rights, making it "per se unconstitutional." The opinion, authored by Judge Marsha Berzon, focused on balancing fetal viability and a woman's right to medical autonomy. The state defended the statute by arguing …

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by Theresa Donovan

The House of Commons of the UK Parliament voted 366-161 on Tuesday to approve the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The legislation was introduced in January and will effectively extend the application of the Marriage Act of 1949 to same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples. The bill allows for an exception …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has no legal obligation to release photos of Osama bin Laden after his death. The decision was in response to a Freedom of Information Act request seeking …

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