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Legal news from Saturday, September 12, 2009
by Christian Ehret

The Czech Parliament on Friday approved a constitutional amendment that would allow the legislative body to dissolve and hold early elections. The lawmakers initially agreed to amend the country's constitution on Thursday following a decision by the country's Constitutional Court that …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Friday in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania claiming that the US Secret Service, the City of Pittsburgh, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are acting illegally by failing to issue protest permits for the …

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by Christian Ehret

A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a lawsuit brought against private contractors by Iraqi plaintiffs alleging torture at the Abu Ghraib prison. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that federal law concerning "combatant activities" preempted the state tort claims brought by the former detainees. Redefining the …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The US Supreme Court on Friday refused to grant a request by the state of California to temporarily stay a lower court order to come up with a plan to reduce the number of inmates in its prisons. In a brief order, the Court said that it would not stay an earlier …

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