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Legal news from Tuesday, May 5, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Council of the District of Columbia voted Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of Washington, DC. The bill, proposed by DC Councilman Phil Mendelson, was approved by a 12-1 vote. The dissenting vote was cast by Councilman Marion Barry. The legislation was given preliminary approval last …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Maine House of Representatives voted 89-57 Tuesday in favor of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in the state. The vote follows last week's approval by the Maine Senate. The proposed legislation now faces one more vote before the Senate and the House before it goes before Governor John …

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by Adrienne Lester

A court in Zimbabwe on Tuesday ordered back into custody 18 human rights activists, including activist and journalist Jestina Mukoko and freelance journalist Andrison Manyere. Mukoko is the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), and Manyere is a former aid to Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its annual report on worldwide religious freedoms, elevating Iraq and Nigeria to its list of "countries of particular concern" (CPC) and adding six new countries to its "watch list." The other CPC are Burma, North Korea, Eritrea, Iran, Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UK Home Office on Tuesday published a list of individuals who are prohibited from entering the country "for fostering extremism or hatred between October 2008 and March 2009." The list names 16 individuals, including religious preachers, white supremacists, gang leaders, and controversial US radio host Michael Savage. Six additional individuals whose names …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The annual Webby Awards in Law and more than 100 other subject categories were announced in New York Tuesday as the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences honored excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability, and functionality on the Internet in 2009. Women's advocacy site WomensLaw.org took the judges' Webby, and the People's Voice …

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by Amelia Mathias

Spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary Alireza Jamshidi said Tuesday that the appeal of US journalist Roxana Saberi will be heard next week. Saberi was convicted of spying for the US and sentenced to eight years in jail in Evin, an Iranian jail noted for its population of dissidents and political prisoners. Saberi …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was chosen Monday by Senate Republicans to replace newly-declared Democrat Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) as ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sessions will play a key role in questioning President Barack Obama's nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the US Supreme Court. Obama did not …

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by Amelia Mathias

Judge Gladys Kessler of the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered Monday the release of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. Ahmed has been held in Guantanamo for seven years after he was picked up in a al Qaeda safehouse in 2002 in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of the Treasury on Monday announced reforms to the US tax code to curb overseas tax havens and end tax incentives for companies to create jobs out of the country. In a joint press conference with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, President Barack Obama said:For years, we've …

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