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Legal news from Wednesday, November 4, 2015
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The French government on Wednesday lifted the prohibition on blood donations by gay men. French Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights Marisol Touraine, announced that "onating blood is an act of generosity, citizenship, which cannot be conditioned to sexual orientation. ... Today we allow every …

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by Alonso Diaz

Voters in Ohio on Tuesday rejected a proposal to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana. The measure would have decriminalized the use of marijuana by permitting retail sale of various marijuana-infused products, allowing those 21 years of age or older to grow up to four flowering marijuana plants and creating a new state government …

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by Brittany Felder

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday night halted the execution of Missouri death row inmate Ernest Johnson pending the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Johnson's appeal. Johnson's attorney argues that his client will suffer undue pain and a seizure from execution by lethal injection as …

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by Brittany Felder

A Cambodian court on Wednesday indicted three men in the beating of two opposition lawmakers last week. The men, Chay Sarith, Mao Hoeun and Suth Vanny, were charged with two counts of intention to commit violence and one count of intention to commit property damage. The suspects turned themselves in on Tuesday. The lawmakers, …

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by Justin Cosgrove

Houston voters rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on Tuesday by a margin of 61 to 39 percent. Ordinance No. 2014-530, known by its opponents as the "bathroom bill," prohibited discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and other protected characteristics. The ordinance focused on protection in employment, housing, city contracting and business services …

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by Dominic Yobbi

US regulators on Tuesday imposed a fine of up to $200 million on auto part manufacturer Takata for failing to disclose the defect of millions of their airbags to regulators in a timely manner. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) levied a base fine of $70 million with the possibility of an …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on two cases. In Lockhart v. US the court heard arguments on whether the mandatory minimum for a child pornography sentence, as found in 18 USC § 2252(b)(2), applies when the offender has previously been convicted of sexual abuse or aggravated …

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by Emelina Perez

Stateless children throughout the world experience feelings of discrimination and despair that may not only haunt their childhood but negatively affect the rest of their lives as well, according to a report released by the UN on Tuesday. The authors interviewed more than 250 youth and parents in seven countries this summer. According to the report, stateless youth …

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by Jacqueline Jones

An independent UN human rights expert warned Tuesday that climate change may threaten food security. The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, warned that the intense weather conditions, including droughts, high temperatures, earthquakes and hurricanes, are threatening crops, livestock, fish and even jobs. She called for urgent action by all countries, …

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