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Legal news from Tuesday, September 30, 2008
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld [decision, PDF] a San Francisco city ordinance passed in July 2006 that assists in the health care of nearly 73,000 uninsured workers and residents. The San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance [text] requires all "covered [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A group of news organizations filed a lawsuit in federal district court Monday to challenge the constitutionality of a Minnesota statute [text] restricting access to polling places. The Associated Press and several television networks brought suit in US District Court for the District of Minnesota [official website], alleging that [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] London's High Court of Justice on Tuesday struck down [judgment text, PDF] an immigration policy that has prevented thousands of retired Nepalese members of the British Army from remaining in the UK. Earlier this month, five former members of the Brigade of Gurkhas [official website; BBC backgrounder] and one [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Lebanese Parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Monday approved a new election law as part of a peace deal between pro- and anti-Syrian groups within the country. Many of the provisions included in the law, which guarantees candidates equal airtime and imposes a 24 hour ban on media [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders from Thailand's ruling People Power Party (PPP) said on Tuesday that the PPP plans to introduce amendments to the country's 2007 constitution [PDF text], despite likely opposition. A spokesperson for the government said that in forming a new committee [Bangkok Post report] to draft the changes, the ruling [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the UN Security Council [official website] approved a resolution Monday to extend the terms of some judges serving on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to allow them to complete their assigned cases. The resolution, which was unanimously approved, will extend the [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former CIA executive director Kyle Foggo [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Monday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to one count of wire fraud [18 USC s. 1343 text] relating to charges that he accepted bribes in return for granting federal defense contracts. Foggo [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] The All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition (APPG) [official website] released a legal opinion [text, PDF] on Monday which examines UK governmental liability under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) [text, PDF] and the UK Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) [text] for its participation in the CIA [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted Saturday to approve spending legislation [H.R. 2638 text, PDF] approving the expiration of a Congressional moratorium on offshore oil drilling [JURIST news archive]. The spending bill, known as the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, was approved in the Senate by a vote [read more]

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