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Legal news from Saturday, July 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to different extents, have renounced the death penalty, and 37 countries continue to use …

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by Kimberly Bennett

There is evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), associated armed groups, Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in the last month, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Office of …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The US Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Utah pending final disposition of the appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Last week the appeals court denied Utah's request to block legal recognition of the marriages, and Utah Attorney General …

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by Kimberly Bennett

An Italian appeals court on Friday acquitted former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in a prostitution case, reversing a lower court conviction for paying a 17-year-old dancer for sex while he was in office and for abusing his power by asking police to release her. As a result of his former conviction, Berlusconi …

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