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Legal news from Thursday, February 25, 2016
by Ram Eachambadi

A judge for the Vancouver Federal Court ruled Wednesday that medical marijuana patients have a constitutional right to grow their own cannabis, striking down a ban introduced by Canada's previous Conservative government. The case came to court when a group of British Columbia residents sued the Canadian government in 2013 arguing that the disputed …

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by William Helbling

The Indiana Senate on Wednesday released a bill from committee that would ban abortions based on genetic disabilities and would also require aborted or miscarried fetuses to be cremated or interred. The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee voted 6-3 for the bill, which will now head to the Senate floor. The bill …

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by Miracle Jones

The UN released a report on Thursday detailing a "litany of violations and abuses" being committed by both state and non-state actors in the current Libyan conflict that may amount to war crimes. The report, compiled by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, found that atrocities such as sexual assault, gender …

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by Taylor Gillan

A New Mexico federal judge on Tuesday approved an almost $1 billion settlement between the Obama administration and Native American tribes, attorneys for the tribes learned Wednesday. The tribes claimed that the US government had for decades underfunded contract costs for tribes to manage federal services such as education and law enforcement, even as …

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by William Helbling

The Hungary government on Wednesday announced it will hold a referendum to determine if the country will accept the EU migrant quota. Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced the referendum and stressed that the EU migrant quota should be addressed by the representatives of the Hungarian people. In the announcement, Orban stated, "e feel that to introduce a …

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by Taylor Gillan

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Wednesday that Louisiana may enforce an abortion law from 2014 which critics say will result in the closing of most of the state's abortion clinics. The law, which was temporarily blocked by a lower court in January, requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting …

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by Justin Cosgrove

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in cases dealing with fixed-rate contracts with an energy provider. The court consolidated a pair of cases, Hughes v. Talen Energy Marketing and CPV Maryland, LLC v. Talen Energy Marketing, concerning whether the state of Maryland usurped the authority of the Federal Energy Regulation Commission …

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by Bradley McAllister

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Wednesday acknowledged the outcome of a failed constitutional referendum that would have permitted him to remain in power for a fourth consecutive term. Voting on the referendum took place last Sunday, and following a two-day count of the votes, the nation's electoral commission ruled the proposal was rejected by a vote of …

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