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Legal news from Friday, September 18, 2009
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Seven former directors of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] sent a letter [text, PDF] to President Barack Obama Friday urging him to suspend Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] investigation into allegations of prisoner abuse by CIA interrogators. The letter, signed by former directors Michael Hayden, Porter [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed a motion to dismiss [text, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive]. The suit was filed [JURIST report] in March in the US District Court for the District [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [El Pais report, in [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Council of State [official website, in Spanish] unanimously approved on Thursday the proposed law [text, DOC in Spanish; summary, in Spanish] to reform the existing framework [text, in Spanish] that governs abortion in Spain, finding that proposed reforms constitutional. The proposed law would allow women to seek [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted 95-58 [roll call] Thursday in favor of a bill [text, PDF] to allow the governor to appoint a temporary replacement for the late Edward Kennedy (D-MA) on the US Senate [official websites]. The bill would allow Governor Deval Patrick [official website] to appoint [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday granted [order, PDF] the habeas corpus petition filed by Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Fouad Al Rabiah, ordering his release. Al Rabiah, a Kuwaiti national, had been held at Guantanamo Bay for [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that the state's voter identification requirement is unconstitutional. The provision, section IC 3-11-8-25.1 [text] 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 [read more]

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