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Legal news from Friday, May 29, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a policeman convicted of torturing an Islamist to death over a church bombing. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Shimi was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June 2012 for taking part in the torturing of Sayed Bilal until he was dead. On appeal the verdict was overturned, and the retrial that resulted in Thursday's …

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by Emelina Perez

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory vetoed legislation Thursday that would allow officials to avoid performing same-sex marriages. The bill, which would permit court officials and magistrates to avoid any marriage duties if they have a sincere religious objection, was passed on Thursday by both houses. A three-fifths majority vote in the legislature is required …

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by Sarah Boehme

The New York Assembly voted 89-47 on Wednesday in favor of legislation establishing publicly funded universal health coverage in which all New York residents may enroll. Supporters of the legislation said that the coverage would be extended to the uninsured and costs would be reduced by not involving insurance companies. New York Health would …

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by Emelina Perez

A Czech court in Prague acquitted the wife of former Czech prime minister Petr Necas of charges of abusing military intelligence. Jana Necasova, formerly Jana Nagyova, allegedly used military intelligence to spy on Necas's former wife when Necasova served as the prime minister's aide in 2012. A judge for the District Court in Prague ruled that Necasova …

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by Sarah Boehme

A judge for Spain's National Court on Thursday opened a probe into Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram for terrorism and crimes against humanity over a 2013 attack on a Nigerian town in which a Spanish nun was assaulted. Spain's universal jurisdiction laws allow crimes against humanity to be prosecuted across borders as long as there is a connection to …

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by William Helbling

The Bangkok Criminal Court on Thursday convicted two members of the People's Alliance for Democracy Network, known as "Yellow Shirts," for their roles in breaking into the Prime Minster's office during the 2008 protests. The court found Yellow Shirt movement founder and Thai media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul and Chamlong Srimuang guilty of trespassing. Sondhi was previously sentenced …

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by William Helbling

The Parliament of Greenland voted Wednesday to enact laws that will legalize same-sex marriage and allow for same-sex couples to participate in adoption. The new marriage law, which passed with unanimous support, reforms previous legislation enacted in 1989 that allowed for same-sex "civil partnerships." The new Greenland laws are expected to go into effect in …

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