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Legal news from Thursday, September 11, 2008
by Joe Shaulis

A trial judge in Key West has found Florida's law preventing gay and lesbian people from adopting children to be unconstitutional and has issued an order permitting a foster parent to adopt a 13-year-old boy. Judge David J. Audlin Jr. of the Monroe County Circuit Court ruled that the 1977 statute …

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by Devin Montgomery

Iowa's Attorney General's Office announced on Tuesday that it has filed a complaint against meatpacking company Agriprocessors Inc. and its top officials for 9,311 child labor law violations. The alleged violations stem from the company's employment of 32 minors, 25 under the age of 18 and 7 under the age of …

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by Joe Shaulis

Retail chain Walgreens filed a lawsuit Monday in California Superior Court seeking an injunction and the repeal of an ordinance that prohibits the sale of tobacco at pharmacies in San Francisco. Walgreens argues that the ban is unconstitutional because it does not apply to grocery …

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by Devin Montgomery

Human Rights in China (HRIC) issued a release on Wednesday saying that Chinese police and other officials still employ torture to elicit confessions and intimidate political dissidents despite domestic and international bans. The group said even though various government agencies have issued regulations against the use of torture, they aren't appropriately enforced. It …

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by Devin Montgomery

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that the state has reached a settlement in a Medicare fraud lawsuit it had brought against drug manufacturer Abbott Laboratories. In the suit, Texas had alleged that Abbott Laboratories and other drug manufacturers had inflated drug prices that they reported …

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by Joe Shaulis

The UK Crown Prosecution Service announced Wednesday that seven Muslim extremists accused of conspiring to bomb trans-Atlantic flights will be retried because a jury failed to reach verdicts earlier this week. In a prepared statement, Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald said: I have today concluded that the prosecution should apply to retry …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Serge Brammertz, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), told reporters in Serbia Wednesday that he was "cautiously optimistic" that two major remaining war crimes fugitives would be caught. Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic and Croatian Serb leader Goran Hadzic [ICTY …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A Malaysian court on Wednesday set a September 24 hearing date for arguments over approval of an application to transfer of sodomy charges against Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to a Malaysian High Court. After the hearing, Anwar characterized the move by Malaysian prosecutors to transfer the proceedings as a …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that a peace plan approved on Monday between the European Union (EU) and Georgia to allow EU monitors in the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia contradicts a deal approved only hours before …

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by Joe Shaulis

The District Court of the Hague on Wednesday dismissed claims alleging the Dutch government negligently failed to protect civilians during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The relatives of several Bosnian Muslims killed at Srebrenica argued that the Netherlands should be liable for the deaths because Dutch soldiers acting as UN peacekeepers had …

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by Joe Shaulis

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials on Wednesday told Congress that a 670-mile fence along the US-Mexican border is unlikely to be completed as planned by year's end because of cost increases, technological problems and legal challenges. CPB Commissioner Ralph Basham said in prepared testimony before the …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A report [B'Tselem press release] released Thursday by B'Tselem - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories alleges that Israeli security policies have resulted in Palestinians being prevented from accessing land adjacent to settlements in the West Bank. The report, entitled "Access Denied: Israeli measures to deny Palestinians access to land around settlements" …

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