Legal news from Sunday, August 12, 2012
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for Australia's Queensland District Court [official website] has, for the first time in Australian jurisprudence, defined the term "conception" as the act of getting pregnant. Judge Leanne Clare defined "conception" [attorney blog post] Wednesday as "the commencement of the pregnancy, which involves an active process within a [read more]

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[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [HRW report] that French authorities raided two camps inhabited by Romanian Roma early Thursday morning and evicted all of the more than 200 residents, leaving them without homes. The same day, 240 Romanian Roma who had been previously evicted from camps were [read more]

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[JURIST] Lebanon should stop police from using anal examinations to determine suspects' sexual behavior, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] Friday. The announcement came on the heels of a recent arrest of 36 men at a gay cinema in July, which saw all the suspects subjected [read more]

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[JURIST] US President Barack Obama signed into law the Presidential Efficiency and Streamlining Act [legislation, PDF] Friday, which permits some senior government positions to be filled by the president without requiring Senate confirmation. The bill exempts 170 minor executive posts and 2,800 posts in the US Public Health Service [read more]

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