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Legal news from Saturday, February 24, 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

The US military lawyer for Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks 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. Michael Mori noted that the revised military commissions …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The US government has refiled charges against US Army 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, a US Army officer who failed to deploy to Iraq in June, after the military judge overseeing his court-martial declared a mistrial two weeks ago. The judge declared a mistrial after throwing out a pretrial agreement in which Watada admitted …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The Washington State Human Rights Commission determined Friday that a heterosexual woman could not use the state's gay civil rights law to secure health care benefits for her male partner because a federal law on the topic trumps the state law. Sandi Scott-Moore filed a claim in August arguing that her employer discriminated …

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by Michael Sung

The Democratic-controlled Montana Senate voted 27-21 Friday to give second-reading approval to a bill that would eliminate the death penalty in Montana. Third reading is slated for February 24 before the measure goes to the Republican-controlled state House of Representatives. Eleven US states have recently suspended the death …

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by Natalie Hrubos

US District Judge Mark Wolf dismissed a lawsuit Friday against a Massachusetts town that allows its public school system to teach children about same-sex marriage. Two families of elementary school students filed the suit last year to stop the school from reading homosexual-themed books to their children without first notifying parents, arguing that …

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by Michael Sung

The United States Friday rejected an international call to ban the use of cluster munitions by 2008. State Department spokesperson Sean McCormack told reporters at a daily press briefing that the United States "takes the position that munitions do have a place and a use in military inventories, …

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by Michael Sung

Judge William R. Wilson Jr. of the US District Court of Eastern Arkansas ruled Friday that the Little Rock School District was "substantially complying" with its Revised Desegregation and Education Plan ("Revised Plan") and released the school district from court supervision. The Little Rock School District voluntarily entered …

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by Michael Sung

An independent report by UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard to be presented to the 4th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva next month criticizes Israel's continued military occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), and characterizes "elements …

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