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Legal news from Saturday, December 13, 2008
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The Russian Duma Friday approved by 355-85 a bill that would end jury trials on charges of terrorism and treason. Ostensibly directed against lenient juries, the bill is excepted to be quickly approved in the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament. The measure may have …

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by Safiya Boucaud

A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled 2-1 Friday that Seattle's parade law is unconstitutional. The court was asked to decide whether the Seattle Municipal Ordinance violates the free speech guarantees of the First Amendment by granting a city licensing official unduly broad discretion. Judge Raymond Fisher …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

A Superior Court of Georgia jury Saturday sentenced [Atlanta Journal-Constitution report] Brian Nichols to consecutively serve seven life terms, four terms of life without parole, and 485 years following his conviction last month for the murders of court and law enforcement personnel committed in a March 2005 escape from Atlanta's Fulton County Courthouse …

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