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Legal news from Friday, September 18, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Seven former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama Friday urging him to suspend Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into allegations of prisoner abuse by CIA interrogators. The letter, signed by former directors Michael Hayden, Porter Goss, George Tenet, John Deutch, R. James Woolsey, William Webster, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The suit was filed in March in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Spanish judge on Thursday indicted three alleged former Nazi guards for crimes against humanity and genocide. Judge Ismael Moreno issued arrest warrants for US residents Johann Leprich and Anton Tittjung and Austrian resident Josias Kumpf. The three allegedly participated in the torture and disappearance of more than 4,300 Spaniards at the Mauthausen, Sachsenhausen …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Spanish Council of State unanimously approved on Thursday the proposed law to reform the existing framework that governs abortion in Spain, finding that proposed reforms constitutional. The proposed law would allow women to seek abortions voluntarily until the fourteenth week, and until the twenty-second …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 95-58 Thursday in favor of a bill to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement for the late Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on the US Senate. The bill would allow Governor Deval Patrick to appoint an interim senator to serve until a special election scheduled …

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by Brian Jackson

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday granted the habeas corpus petition filed by Guantanamo Bay detainee Fouad Al Rabiah, ordering his release. Al Rabiah, a Kuwaiti national, had been held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly eight years under suspicion of aiding al Qaeda and …

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by Brian Jackson

The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the state's voter identification requirement is unconstitutional. The provision, section IC 3-11-8-25.1 of the Indiana Code, required individuals who wished to cast an official ballot in person to show identification prior to doing so. The challenge was brought by the League of Women Voters following a …

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