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Legal news from Wednesday, May 13, 2015
by Matt Belenky

The Pennsylvania Senate voted Tuesday to approve a bill that could bring medical marijuana to the state. The bill will now head to the House for consideration where proponents are optimistic it will have more success this year than the bill's predecessor last year. The 40-7 vote came following a brief discussion …

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by Matt Belenky

Eight supporters of former Egpytian president Mohamed Morsi were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for illegal protests and acts of violence committed in Cairo's eastern Al-Marg district in July 2014. The defendants allegedly chanted against the army and the police, in addition to damaging public areas and blocking the road in Al-Marg. After hearing the …

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by Emelina Perez

Mentally disabled prisoners experience "unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force" at the hands of prison staff across the US, said a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report found excessive force used in many instances when prisoners exhibit behaviors that are characteristic of their mental illness and even when this behavior was not …

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by Emelina Perez

A judge for the Lueneburg state court in Germany said the trial against a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard can resume, finding him fit to stand trial. Oskar Gröening was charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for processing the belongings of the victims and supporting the Nazi …

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by Taylor Brailey

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a rewrite of the Patriot Act, including elimination of the National Security Agency (NSA) phone data collection program. Obama's call follows a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which found that the Act does not authorize …

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by Taylor Brailey

The Ukranian Parliament on Tuesday approved controversial martial law regulations that will purportedly allow for extrajudicial detention and relocation of foreign citizens "who threaten or undertake aggression towards Ukraine." If enacted, the new law will also allow Ukrainian authorities to condemn private property and proscribe conduct and political parties that clash with the country's accepted notion of "independence." The …

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