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Legal news from Wednesday, March 2, 2016
by Steven Wildberger

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday heard argument on a Texas law that would require abortion clinics to upgrade facilities to hospital-like standards and would require doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the court is specifically asked to decide if this law is an …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Apple filed objections Tuesday in the US District Court for the Central District of California against an order requiring the corporation to aid the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI in unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The appeal was filed in conjunction with an earlier motion …

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by Alexis Wheeler

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday marked 50 years since the adoption of two prominent UN human rights covenants which he said have paved the way for international respect regarding individual liberties in civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights. The International Covenant on Civil and …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea passed a resolution on Wednesday addressing the human rights situation in North Korea. A total of 212 legislators voted on the bill, which will become official law when approved by the Cabinet. The bill, proposed in 2005 but stalled by political disagreement, will fund civil activist groups and archive rights …

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by Mark Casper

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague opened the confirmation of charges against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi for destruction of religious and cultural heritage on Tuesday. The charges levied against Al Faqi, an alleged member of Islamic terrorist group, Ansar Dine, and an important figure in the occupation of Timbuktu, signal what appears …

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by Miracle Jones

The Utah Senate voted 20-9 on Tuesday in favor of a bill to repeal the death penalty. The Death Penalty Amendments bill would reorganize murder and homicide statutes as non capital offenses [JURIST op-ed] and give the prosecutors until May to seek a notice of capital punishment for any pending case. The legislation awaits final approval …

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by Bradley McAllister

The highest court in Venezuela, the Supreme Tribunal of Justice, on Tuesday ruled that the Venezuelan National Assembly may not review the appointment of 13 justices to the high court. The 13 justices were sworn in on December 23, immediately prior to the exit of prior Socialist Party majority. The court ruled that …

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by Taylor Gillan

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have required public school students to use the bathroom or locker room corresponding to their sex at birth. In a statementDaugaard said that the bill would put schools in the "difficult position of following the law while knowing it openly invited federal litigation," and …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Nichols v. United States the court heard arguments on whether the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) requires that sex offenders update their residency information if they move outside of US jurisdiction. In 2003 Lester …

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by Dominic Yobbi

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company against a 2005 Vermont health care law that required health insurance providers to release data regarding the amount paid on medical claims, siding with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. In a 6-2 decision, the court said that the law …

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