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Legal news from Tuesday, September 30, 2008
by Leslie Schulman

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld 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 requires all "covered employers" to pay up to a certain amount of medical …

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by Joe Shaulis

A group of news organizations filed a lawsuit in federal district court Monday to challenge the constitutionality of a Minnesota statute restricting access to polling places. The Associated Press and several television networks brought suit in US District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleging that the law violates their rights under the First Amendment [LII …

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by Caitlin Price

London's High Court of Justice on Tuesday struck down 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 and one Gurkha widow argued that they were precluded from …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Lebanese Parliament 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 coverage and a 10 day ban on political polling before …

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by Devin Montgomery

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, despite likely opposition. A spokesperson for the government said that in forming a new committee to draft the changes, the ruling coalition would seek input from both professional experts and members …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Members of the UN Security Council approved a resolution Monday to extend the terms of some judges serving on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to allow them to complete their assigned cases. The resolution, which was unanimously approved, will extend the terms of four Appeals Chamber judges to the end of …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Former CIA executive director Kyle Foggo 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 was originally indicted in February 2007 …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition (APPG) released a legal opinion on Monday which examines UK governmental liability under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the UK Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) for its participation in the CIA extraordinary rendition program. The opinion states that …

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by Andrew Gilmore

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. The spending bill, known as the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, was approved in the Senate by a vote of 78-12. The moratorium, first enacted in …

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