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Legal news from Wednesday, September 10, 2008
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A group of American citizens from Texas' Rio Grande Valley filed suit [complaint, PDF] against the US Department of State (DOS) [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday, alleging they had been denied passports because they are of Mexican descent and were delivered by midwives. According to a complaint filed [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] US government secrecy continued to increase in 2007, according to the Secrecy Report Card 2008 [text, PDF; press release, PDF] released Tuesday by OpenTheGovernment.org [advocacy website]. The report chastized the Bush administration for its refusal "to be held accountable to the public through the oversight responsibilities of Congress," and [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Fulton County Superior Court [official website] judge on Monday granted summary judgment for the state of Georgia in a suit alleging that the state's electronic voting system is unconstitutional and illegally vulnerable to fraud. The challenge, filed in 2006 by a coalition of Georgia voters called Voter GA [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a report [text; press release] Wednesday calling on Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, and Yemen to join in a global moratorium on the death penalty [JURIST news archive] for juveniles. The report states that the five countries are the last in the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] on Monday reversed [opinion, PDF] a district court's grant of summary judgment and dismissal to Michigan's Region VII Area Agency on Aging (Region VII) [official website], instead ruling that an unlawful termination suit filed by former employee Denise [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for Connecticut [official website] has blocked enforcement of a new provision [text] of the US Bankruptcy Code against attorneys seeking to advise clients about taking on additional debt. District Judge Christopher Droney [official profile] issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday, ruling that the statute was so [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated [opinion, PDF] a class-action lawsuit Tuesday against drug maker Merck & Co. [corporate website] over claims relating to its prescription painkiller Vioxx [JURIST news archive]. The lawsuit had been dismissed [JURIST report] by the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday vacated the conviction [opinion, PDF] of former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) [WARNING: readers may find this website offensive; JURIST news archive] member James Ford Seale for his involvement in the 1964 deaths of two [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday rejected [opinion, PDF] claims that federal and state drug laws [relevant statutes] violate the constitutional and statutory rights of a priest in the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church (EZCC) [official website], which embraces the [read more]

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