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Legal news from Wednesday, February 11, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday rescinded a number of executive orders by the former governor, including one that protected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) state employees from unfair hiring practices, sexual harassment and other types of discrimination at work. The previous executive order by former governor Kathleen Sebelius spoke of equality …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Missouri executed death row inmate Walter Storey early Wednesday morning after the US Supreme Court denied his requested stay of execution. Storey was convicted and sentenced to death for a 1990 murder. He challenged his execution based on Missouri's refusal to disclose the compounding pharmacy that would supply the pentobarbital for use in …

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by Taylor Gillan

Myanmar lawmakers on Wednesday said that the country's president has approved a law allowing a referendum on amendments to its constitution later this year. The referendum may include up to 95 proposed constitutional revisions and is tentatively scheduled for May 2015, before a general election in October or November. The approval of the referendum …

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by Ashley Hogan

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday criticized the EU's failure to prevent migrant casualties at sea. The statement comes amid reports that as many as 300 migrants may have died off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa Monday while attempting to flee adverse conditions in their home countries. The few rescued survivors provided information …

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by Taylor Gillan

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday granted a cross-motion for summary judgment by the US National Security Agency (NSA) in a lawsuit challenging the agency's warrantless interception of Internet communications. The plaintiffs, AT&T customers, claimed that the NSA received copies of their Internet communications …

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by Peter Snyder

Lawyers for Abigail Noel Fisher filed a new appeal [cert. petition, PDF] before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging, for a second time, the University of Texas affirmative action program. This prolonged legal battle began in 2008 when Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate admission to University of Texas at Austin and subsequently mounted …

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by William Helbling

A Belgian court on Wednesday declared a radical Islamist group a terrorist organization, sentencing its leader to 12 years in prison. The group, known as Sharia4Belgium, has allegedly been recruiting young individuals to join their terrorist organization and fight in Syria. The court determined them to be a terrorist organization and sentenced other members to between three and …

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by William Helbling

An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered for a retrial of 36 a Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The 36 are among 183 supporters sentenced to death in June in connection with violence following the ouster of president Mohammed Morsi in 2013. Among those whose sentences were overturned is former …

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by Addison Morris

Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) said Tuesday in a new report. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar Copper Mine," details evidence of illegal activity conducted by the …

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by Bradley McAllister

After same-sex couples were turned away from some marriage license offices in Alabama Monday, attorneys sought a declaration from a federal judge on Tuesday to order local officials to issue the marriage licenses. The request was made on behalf of more than 10 couples after a majority of probate judges in the state closed their offices …

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