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Legal news from Thursday, October 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

Shiite muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted Wednesday of sedition and other charges in Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death, raising fears of unrest from his supporters in neighboring Bahrain. Al-Nimr has been a vocal critic of the majority Sunni government in Saudi Arabia and was a key leader in the 2011 Arab Spring-inspired Shiite …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

More than 100 Colombian farmers on Wednesday filed a lawsuit with the UK high court against British company Equion Energia, previously known as BP Exploration Colombia (BPXC), for alleged negligence when it built the Ocensa oil pipeline. The farmers are seeking around USD $29 million in compensation for environmental damage caused by the …

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by Peter Snyder

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that an Arizona law that acted to deny bail to individuals in the US illegally and charged with a range of felonies was unconstitutional. Proposition 100, passed in 2006, prohibited bail for individuals charged with both "committing a serious felony offense, and …

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by Peter Snyder

The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state's voter identification law on Wednesday, finding it unconstitutional. Act 592 required "proof of identity in the form of a voter-identification card or a document or identification card showing the voter's name and photo issued by the United States, the State of Arkansas, or an …

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by Bradley McAllister

Rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced the findings of a report on Wednesday alleging a number of summary executions and forced executions carried out against civilians by Congolese national forces during operation 'Likofi' between November 2013 and February 2014. The UN Joint Human Rights Office …

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by Bradley McAllister

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases fraught with procedural issues. In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. the court must decide whether to allow the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to continue to qualify every issue bearing on the scope of …

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