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Legal news from Saturday, February 24, 2007
13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US military lawyer for Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] said Saturday that Hicks would spend years in court and could not get a fair trial before a US military commission. In remarks at a rally in Adelaide, US Marine Corps Maj. [read more]

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[JURIST] The US government has refiled charges against US Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [advocacy website], a US Army officer who failed to deploy to Iraq in June, after the military judge overseeing his court-martial [JURIST report] declared a mistrial two weeks ago. The judge declared a mistrial [JURIST report] [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington State Human Rights Commission [official website] determined Friday that a heterosexual woman could not use the state's gay civil rights law [text, PDF; JURIST report] to secure health care benefits for her male partner because a federal law on the topic trumps the state law. Sandi Scott-Moore [read more]

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[JURIST] The Democratic-controlled Montana Senate [official website] voted 27-21 Friday to give second-reading approval to a bill [text, PDF; procedural history] that would eliminate the death penalty [JURIST news archive] in Montana. Third reading is slated for February 24 before the measure goes to the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Mark Wolf dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint] Friday against a Massachusetts town that allows its public school system to teach children about same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. Two families of elementary school students filed the suit last year to stop the school from reading homosexual-themed [read more]

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[JURIST] The United States Friday rejected an international call [JURIST report] to ban the use of cluster munitions [FAS backgrounder] by 2008. State Department [official website] spokesperson Sean McCormack [official profile] told reporters at a daily press briefing [text; video] that the United States "takes the position that [cluster] munitions [read more]

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[JURIST] Judge William R. Wilson Jr. of the US District Court of Eastern Arkansas [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Friday that the Little Rock School District [official website] was "substantially complying" with its Revised Desegregation and Education Plan ("Revised Plan") and released the school district from court supervision [LRSD press [read more]

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[JURIST] An independent report [text, PDF] by UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] to be presented to the 4th session of the UN Human Rights Council [official website; JURIST news archive] in Geneva next month criticizes Israel's continued military [read more]

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