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Legal news from Monday, January 6, 2014
by Addison Morris

A judge from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Monday sentenced American-born Colleen LaRose, also known by her self-appointed pseudonym "Jihad Jane," to 10 years in prison for following al Qaeda orders in a failed attempt to assassinate a Swedish artist for his depiction of images offensive to Islam. …

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by Cynthia Miley

US Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) filed a lawsuit Monday against the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin attempting to block the federal government from paying a portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) health care coverage …

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by Addison Morris

The US Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in Utah. The Utah Attorney General filed an application for stay with the court last week to block same-sex marriages pending the state's appeal of a US district judge's December 20 decision striking down the …

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by Cynthia Miley

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday welcomed last week's decision by Nepal's top refusing to grant amnesty for serious human rights violations committed during Nepal's civil war. Pillay declared the decision to be a "significant development" for the victims of the war, which lasted from 1996 to 2006 and …

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by Taylor Gillan

Thousands of UK criminal trial lawyers staged a half-day strike on Monday to protest planned government cuts to legal aid. The fee cuts, which would reduce their pay by as much as 30 percent, are part of an attempt by the government to lessen the country's deficit. Lawyers refused to attend court before 2:00 PM …

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by Taylor Gillan

The Islamabad Special Court trying former president Pervez Musharraf on Monday granted Musharraf an exemption from personal appearance due to health issues, but has instructed authorities at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) to supply the court with his medical report by Tuesday. The demand came after the former president missed …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday demanded that Louisiana state officials immediately release former Black Panther Albert Woodfox, who has been detained in solitary confinement since 1972 after being charged and convicted of fatally stabbing a prison guard. Authorities first moved Woodfox to isolation in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola and later to …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Cambodian police on Monday released five activists arrested earlier in the day for petitioning the French Embassy to release 23 demonstrators held for opposing the government's labor and political framework. The release was reportedly conditioned upon the demonstrators' collective agreement that they would not join in recent labor rallies aimed, in part, toward offsetting the power of …

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