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Legal news from Thursday, April 9, 2015
by Colleen Mallick

The Obama administration on Wednesday voice support for banning sexual orientation conversion therapy on minors in response to an online petition with more than 120,000 signatures. Conversion therapy is practiced by medical health providers with the goal of changing an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity. The practice has been used on minors, who opponents argue …

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by Matt Belenky

Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday that it has evidence showing that Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine killed several captured government soldiers in severe violation of international humanitarian law. According to AI, there are pictures showing bullet wounds to the heads and bodies of four Ukrainian soldiers who were confirmed dead. Over the past year it …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Alabama state representative Teri Collins has proposed a bill to abortion once a fetal heartbeat has been detected. If approved, opponents argue the bill could ban most abortions. Nikema Williams, vice president of public policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast has called the bill "unreasonable, dangerous and blatantly unconstitutional," and noted that it would …

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by Steven Wildberger

Claudio Giardiello, a defendant in a bankruptcy case, opened fire during trial on Thursday, killing three people, including a lawyer and a judge. Giardiello, an Italian businessman being tried for fraudulent bankruptcy, fired at least 13 shots from a gun he sneaked into the Palace of Justice in Milan, killing the presiding judge Fernando Ciampi, …

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by Brittany Felder

A Pakistan court on Thursday ordered the release of the main suspect in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. The order came less than a month after Pakistan authorities reordered his detention. The court suspended his detention under the Maintenance of Public Order because the evidence provided …

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by Steven Wildberger

Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday on 30 federal charges relating to the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The attack, supposedly meant to punish America for perceived harm against Muslims, was perpetrated by Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, who together placed two pressure-cooker explosive in the crowd near the …

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by Alison Sacriponte

A California senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would prohibit parents of school children from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let the children remain unvaccinated. The proposed legislation, introduced by Senators Dr. Richard Pan and Ben Allen, would continue to allow medical exemptions to vaccinations in certain circumstances. The measure …

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by Alexandra Farone

A Salvadoran ex-general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported from the US on Wednesday. Former General Eugenio Vides Casanova will not face charges in El Salvador due to an amnesty law. Vides Casanova was tied to killings and torture committed by soldiers under his command, including the deaths …

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by Alexandra Farone

The Panama Electoral Tribunal said Wednesday that former president Ricardo Martinelli will no longer be immune from prosecution, which allows investigations of corruption charges from Martinelli's time in office to begin. The Panama Supreme Court had requested the lifting of immunity after unanimously voting …

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by Jacqueline Jones

Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Wednesday upheld the majority of convictions for Bosnian Serb army General Zdravko Tolimir for his involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Tolimir was arrested in Serbia in 2007 and convicted in 2012. The appeals chamber …

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by Jacqueline Jones

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncak on Wednesday called on Kazakhstan to increase protections for individuals who live in toxic areas within the country. Tuncak was on an a 14-day mission, during which he visited several cities and towns within Kazakhstan that are known for pollution. …

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