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Legal news from Saturday, April 18, 2009
13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Somali parliament voted Saturday to adopt Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. A parliamentary spokesperson said that more than 300 Somali MPs voted [AFP report] for the implementation of Sharia law as part of an attempt by Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed [BBC profile] to bring [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Revolutionary Court of Iran convicted US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website] 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 [JURIST report] [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] vacated [opinion, PDF] Friday the Bush-era program [MMS backgrounder] for leasing of land for oil and gas drilling on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) along the Alaskan coast. The court held that [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The National Institute of Health (NIH) [official website] issued proposed guidelines [text] for funding human embryonic stem cell [NIH backgrounder; JURIST news archive] 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. [read more]

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