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Legal news from Saturday, April 18, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

The Somali parliament voted Saturday to adopt Islamic Sharia law. A parliamentary spokesperson said that more than 300 Somali MPs voted for the implementation of Sharia law as part of an attempt by Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed to bring stability to the failed state. Last month, Ahmed announced [JURIST …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Revolutionary Court of Iran convicted US journalist Roxana Saberi of espionage earlier, sentencing her to eight years in prison, according to her lawyer Saturday. The trial, in which Saberi was accused of passing classified information to US intelligence agencies, was conducted earlier this week in proceedings closed to the public, and news …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit vacated Friday the Bush-era program for leasing of land for oil and gas drilling on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) along the Alaskan coast. The court held that the Department of Interior (DOI) had not carried …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The National Institute of Health (NIH) issued proposed guidelines for funding human embryonic stem cell research Friday, which limits funding to embryos that were created to be used in fertility clinics but were no longer needed and would have been discarded. Additionally, the donor must have consented to giving the embryos …

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