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Legal news from Saturday, December 13, 2008
18:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Duma [official website, in Russian] Friday approved by 355-85 a bill that would end jury trials on charges of terrorism and treason [JURIST report]. Ostensibly directed against lenient juries [Moscow Times report], the bill is excepted to be quickly approved in the Federation Council [official website], the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 2-1 Friday that Seattle's parade law is unconstitutional. The court was asked to decide whether the Seattle Municipal Ordinance [text] violates the free speech guarantees of the First Amendment [text] by granting [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Superior Court of Georgia [official website] 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 [CNN report] last month for the murders of court and law enforcement personnel [JURIST report] committed [read more]

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