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Legal news from Friday, April 29, 2016
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Central Command released its final report Friday on the October airstrike that hit a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, finding that the strike was not a war crime. The investigation concluded that the gunship's ground crew and operators were not aware they were firing on a medical facility. Because there was …

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by Kasey Tuttle

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday urged all parties to disengage from all-out war in Syria, expressing deep concern over a "monstrous disregard for civilian lives." Reports of civilian deaths and injures stemming from bombings of marketplaces and medical facilities have been increasing, and Zeid said such attacks may amount …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Friday refused to block Texas from enforcing its controversial voter identification law. Plaintiffs had filed an application with the Supreme Court last month, asking the court to vacate a stay that allowed the voter ID law to remain in place. The issue is currently pending before the …

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by Kasey Tuttle

The US Supreme Court approved a rule change Thursday that would permit US judges to issue search warrants granting access to computers in any jurisdiction. Chief Justice John Roberts sent the changes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to Congress, which has until December 1 to approve, reject or amend the rule. Under the current …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Constitutional Court of Colombia on Thursday legalized same-sex marriage. In a 6-3 decision, the court found that same-sex marriage does not violate the country's constitution. The decision comes just weeks after the court dismissed a petition for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Under the ruling, state officials must …

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