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Legal news from Saturday, September 1, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that the US Navy can use high-powered sonar in training exercises off the California coast, granting the Navy's request to for a stay on an injunction granted by a lower court while the Navy appeals that decision. The Natural Resources Defense Council sued the …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A California-based federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the application of new US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rules designed to make it harder for illegal immigrants to obtain US employment. Under the get-tough rules, announced in August and slated to take have taken effect September 10, employers …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the country's parliament Friday that his government will draft a new constitution that would more effectively protect individual rights in accordance with international standards. Erdogan was laying out his program for the next five years in the aftermath of the sweeping victory won by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has filed a lawsuit challenging Louisiana's efforts to remove people from the state's voting list because they have registered in other states following Hurricane Katrina. In its lawsuit, filed Thursday, the NAACP argues that the Louisiana secretary of state's efforts to purge the voter …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A new one-page US military report obtained by the Associated Press shows that despite a decline in the number of prisoners held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, "mass disturbances" by inmates have risen substantially thusfar in 2007, increasing over 90% from 201 in 2006 to 385 in the first six months of this …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A convention convened by the government of Myanmar to establish guidelines for the eventual drafting of a new national constitution completed work at its final session Friday as international pressure increased for the government to release demonstrators arrested last week for participating in a peaceful protest against a recent …

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