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Legal news from Thursday, May 28, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

US prosecutors on Wednesday charged 14 top FIFA officials with offenses including racketeering, money laundering and bribery, alleging that the men used partnerships with sports marketing executives to solicit more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks to support various sites of FIFA World Cup events. The prosecutors claim that at least some …

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by Emelina Perez

Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a bill seeking to ban the dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships. The council found the bill contained poor wording and incorrect formulation, according to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), but it could be reintroduced in the future. Many believe Kazakhstan's bid for the …

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by Emelina Perez

Madagascar's Parliament voted on Tuesday to remove President Hery Rajaonarimampianina from office for failing to deliver on promises. The parliament also alleged Rajaonarimampianina has violated the constitution, lacks respect for the government, and that he did not rule out the possibility of dissolving parliament. Rajaonarimampianina was elected in 2013, four years after his predecessor, Marc …

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by Laura DeGeer

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday struck down abortion restrictions in Arkansas, ruling that the 12-week limit on seeking an abortion places an unconstitutional burden on women within the state. The restrictions included tests to determine if there was a detectible heartbeat, prohibition of abortions after 12 weeks of gestation, …

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by Taylor Brailey

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday accused Hamas forces of leading a series of abductions, torturous acts and unlawful killings against Palestinians. AI's report documents the human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings often condoned by largely unaccountable Hamas authorities. Director of the Middle East and North Africa Program, Philip Luther, stated:In the chaos of the …

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by Taylor Brailey

A panel of appeals judges for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday affirmed a ruling that allows a case against former Ivory Coast first lady Simone Gbagbo to go forward to trial. Gbagbo is accused of multiple crimes against humanity including murder and rape, which allegedly occurred after the country's debated …

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by Laura DeGeer

Nebraska on Wednesday became the first Republican-controlled state to repeal the death penalty since 1973. Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed the bill on Tuesday, but after a vote Wednesday afternoon, the state officially repealed capital punishment. A sentence of life without parole will replace the previous sentence of capital punishment. Although the …

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