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Legal news from Saturday, October 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

An Egyptian court on Saturday jailed eight men, including two Muslim Brotherhood leaders, for 15 years over the torture of a lawyer during 2011 uprisings against former president Hosni Mubarak. The defendants were convicted of torturing, electrocuting and sexually assaulting a lawyer after locking him up for three days near Cairo's Tahrir Square when it was …

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by Ann Schober

Federal courts on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriage in North Carolina and Idaho. A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage on constitutional grounds. US District Judge Max Cogburn stated that the issue before the court was neither political …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged on Thursday with insulting the ministries of defense and interior over his tweets that alleged Bahrain's security institutions were the first incubators for extremist ideology. Without naming Rajab, the public prosecution statement ordered his referral in remand before the Third Lower Criminal Court on …

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by Allison Hall

Alabama death row inmate Christopher Lee Price on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections claiming that the new lethal injection mix planned for use in his execution is unconstitutional. According to the complaint, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, Alabama plans to …

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by Emelina Perez

Members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said Friday that Mexico's investigation of the forty-three missing Guerrero students and the deaths of six other students in the state is a test of the country's willingness and capacity to respond to allegations of human rights violations. The students disappeared after …

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