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Legal news from Thursday, October 2, 2014
by Bradley McAllister

A judge from Georgia's Towaliga Judicial Circuit ruled Monday that death row inmate Warren Lee Hill has failed to meet the state's requirement to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt as a bar to execution. Hill's lawyers argued Georgia's high standard for proving intellectual disability is inadequate because psychiatric diagnoses are subject to …

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by Bradley McAllister

A team of 12 independent human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced Monday the contents of a letter written to the government and the congress of the Republic of Colombia that argues Colombia should reconsider the possible adoption of Senate Bill-85, 2013 [text, …

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by Addison Morris

The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled to officially recognize the Church of Scientology as a legal entity, over strong opposition by Russian authorities. The church has applied for recognition six times between the years of 1995 and 2003. The applications were either rejected or ignored by St. Petersburg authorities. The …

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by Addison Morris

The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights jointly released a report on Thursday, detailing the staggering amount of human rights abuses that have occurred under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The report examines various …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Those challenging Wisconsin's voter photo identification law asked the US Supreme Court on Thursday to take emergency action and block the law before the November 4 election. Last month the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the law would remain in effect while it …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Oral arguments for a case challenging Arkansas' voter ID law began on Thursday, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The Brennan Center for Justice filed an amicus brief supporting the challengers. Act 595, passed in 2013 by the Arkansas legislature, requires that Arkansas …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Supreme Court Thursday granted certiorari to 11 cases, adding them to the docket for decision for the upcoming term. In the case Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission the court has been asked to rule on the constitutionality of a voter approved amendment to the Arizona constitution that …

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