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Legal news from Wednesday, October 8, 2014
by Bradley McAllister

Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked same-sex marriage in Idaho. An earlier order blocked same-sex marriage in Nevada as well, but Kennedy vacated that stay on Wednesday afternoon. The orders follow a Tuesday decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit striking …

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by Addison Morris

A Buenos Aires court on Tuesday handed down a 23-year prison sentence to Reynaldo Bignone, the last Argentinian military president of the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship, for the kidnapping and torture of 32 factory workers. The court held Bignone responsible for the forced disappearance of workers by the military during the "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news …

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by Taylor Gillan

Cambodia on Wednesday enacted a regulation that will extend the same rights and protections to nightlife workers that the country's laws currently grant to other workers. The regulation, entitled "Working Conditions, Occupational Safety and Health Rules of Entertainment Service, Enterprises Establishments and Companies," was issued by the Cambodian Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training and seeks [AP …

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by Taylor Gillan

Lawyers for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday asked that the International Criminal Court (ICC) drop the case against the leader for crimes against humanity and acquit him, arguing that the prosecution does not have adequate evidence to prove its case. Kenyatta's appearance at the status conference hearing made …

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by Addison Morris

The Supreme Court of Chile on Tuesday halted the development of a gold and copper mine until proper consultation can be conducted with indigenous and local communities. The mine, owned by Canadian gold producer Goldcorp, is expected to be worth approximately USD $4 billion. However, the Diaguita community in northern Chile filed a …

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by William Helbling

The social media company Twitter filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against both the FBI (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking more information about government surveillance. Twitter is seeking to publish what they call a "transparency report" in order to inform their users about US government surveillance programs. Twitter provided both the DOJ …

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by William Helbling

Liberia's Justice Minister Christiana Tah on Monday resigned from her position, claiming the country's president had blocked an investigation. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accepted the resignation after meeting with Tah at the Foreign Ministry office. Tah stepped down claiming that Sirleaf intentionally blocked an investigation into fraud allegations against Liberia's National Security …

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