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Legal news from Thursday, February 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday proposed new federal rules to regulate the Internet like a public utility to "preserve and protect the open Internet as a place for innovation and free expression." The approach is known as net neutrality, a notion endorsed by President Barack Obama. It would …

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by Brittany Felder

Egypt's top appeals court on Thursday upheld a death sentence against an Islamist charged with murder as well as sentences for 57 other supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. Video footage of the Islamist sentenced to death, Mahmoud Hassan Ramadan, showed him throwing people off of a roof during the upheaval. The …

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by Colleen Mallick

UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants François Crépeau said Thursday that the EU must bank on the mobility of migrants in order to secure its borders. The EU, he said, must accept that migrants will continue to enter the EU by any means possible, and therefore must offer incentives for migrants to use …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The Mississippi Legislature voted 116-1 to pass House Bill 177 on Monday, which would ban use of foreign law. It also voted 78-37 for House Bill 490, which would ban Mississippi governments from adopting sustainable development principles as in Agenda 21, a non-binding 1992 United Nations declaration. At least five other states have …

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by Alexandra Farone

The West Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday approved legislation to make the state's judicial elections nonpartisan. The bill is sponsored by Republican delegate Kayla Kessinger, and it would apply to magistrates, family courts, circuit courts and the state supreme court. This legislation is a step toward addressing the perception that the state's courts …

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by Steven Wildberger

The Spanish National Court on Wednesday sentenced six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled by a private security force and eventually captured by the …

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by Alexandra Farone

Members of the Islamic State (IS) are abducting Iraqi children and engaging in serious human rights abuses, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reported Wednesday. Abuses reportedly entail the "systematic killing of children belonging to religious and ethnic minorities," including the "mass execution of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, …

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by Steven Wildberger

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said Wednesday that his state will not challenge a decision by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ordering the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March. The couples wed on March 22, a day after US District Judge Bernard …

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by Colleen Mallick

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday demanded that the Malaysian government drop sedition charges against Eric Paulsen. The human rights lawyer and co-founder of NGO Lawyers for Liberty was arrested for a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency. Paulsen could face up to three years in prison for the tweet, which called upon the government to …

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by Laura DeGeer

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday put all pending same-sex marriage appeals on hold until the US Supreme Court rules on the issue. The court issued similar orders on pending appeals from Alabama and Florida. The Eleventh Circuit has refused to delay same-sex marriages in both states. The …

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by Laura DeGeer

California state senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen on Wednesday announced plans to propose legislation requiring parents to vaccinate all school children. This legislation will "repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines," because "the high number of unvaccinated students is jeopardizing public health," especially …

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