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Legal news from Thursday, May 21, 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Nebraska lawmakers voted 32-15 Wednesday to approve a bill abolishing the death penalty. Earlier in April Nebraska lawmakers voted 30-13 in favor of the legislation to repeal the death penalty and replace it with life imprisonment in first-degree murder cases. Governor Pete Ricketts, who supports capital punishment and has promised to veto the …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Louisiana legislatures on Tuesday rejected a religious objections bill that was pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal. A House legal committee voted 10-2 to kill the bill, ending weeks of serious debate. However, in an effort to solicit Christian conservatives for his likely presidential bid in 2016, Jindal immediately responded by issuing an executive order aimed …

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by Sarah Boehme

The Supreme Court of the US Virgin Islands ruled Wednesday that second-parent adoptions by same-sex couples are permitted under Virgin Islands law. The children's fathers are anonymous sperm donors who knowingly waived all of their parental rights. The biological mother and her same-sex partner filed an adoption petition in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The office of Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced Wednesday that the men who plotted last week's failed coup will stand trial. The 18 suspects, including three army and police generals, will be judged under the country's penal code. The coup began when leader Major General Godefroid Niyombare, who is still at large, made the declaration …

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by William Helbling

Foreign ministers from Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia issued a joint statement Wednesday addressing the recent influx of migrants arriving to their respective nations and agreeing to take in migrants in the most humanitarian fashion. While the countries have agreed on taking in migrants awaiting on ships, they have have condemned both human trafficking and smuggling that may be …

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by William Helbling

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday appointed Judge Ahmed el-Zind as the country's new Justice Minster. El-Zind, who is known for being hostile towards the Muslim Brotherhood, was sworn in with al-Sisi presiding over the event. As Justice Minister, el-Zind plans to continue to seek and prosecute supporters of former president Mohamed …

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by Laura DeGeer

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled 2-1 Tuesday that the University of Notre Dame shall not, at the time being, be exempted from the federal government's birth control mandate. Last June, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the US Supreme Court ruled that for profit businesses that …

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