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Legal news from Friday, November 20, 2015
by Alexis Wheeler

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday that the constitution does not require the Alberta legislature to enact laws in both French and English. French speakers, Gilles Caron and Pierre Boutet, challenged traffic tickets they were issued in 2003 because the laws and citations were only written in English, which violated their right to legislative bilingualism. …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Lawyers for the Obama administration on Friday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court to uphold the president's changes to US immigration policy. Earlier this month the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a federal judge's injunction against the president's plan. Obama announced execution action on immigration last …

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by Matthew Santiago

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the government of Bangladesh Friday to stop the execution of two convicted war criminals whom they claim were not afforded a fair trial. On Wednesday the Bangladesh Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, members of opposition political parties …

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by Ram Eachambadi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday that a Saudi Arabia court has sentenced Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh to death for apostasy or abandoning his Muslim faith. The organization's researcher in the Middle East, Adam Coogle, said that he had seen the trial documents and confirmed the death sentence. According to Coogle, Fayadh's original sentence was four …

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by William Helbling

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a state law that bars an individual front bringing a "wrongful birth" lawsuit. With all justices joining the majority opinion, the court dismissed Rebecca and Lawerence Sernovitz's claim. The couple challenged Act 47 after they claimed that medical misinformation provided by their doctor prevented them from …

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by Taylor Isaac

Northern Ireland still faces significant challenges 20 years after the violent period known as "the Troubles", UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff said Wednesday. The Special Rapporteur focused on transitional justice in Northern Ireland and addressed three major concerns: the need for new efforts to remedy the shortcomings of the current policy, the need for …

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by William Helbling

A California judge on Wednesday ordered the destruction of five embryos following a couple's divorce. In 2010, Mimi Lee and her former husband Stephen Findley participated in in vitro fertilization (IVF). While participating in IVF, the couple signed an agreement stating that the embryos would be destroyed if they divorced. At the age of 47, Mimi sought …

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