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Legal news from Wednesday, September 30, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a controversial case dealing with gun rights and another dealing with a terrorism law. In McDonald v. Chicago [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will decide whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is incorporated as against the …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said Tuesday that charges would be dropped against four University of Pittsburgh students arrested during protests of last week's Pittsburgh Group of 20 (G-20) Summit. Zappala indicated that some of the students may have been used as pawns by …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to rule that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is authorized to issue decisions regarding the Nation Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when three out of five board seats are vacant. US Solicitor General Elena Kagan filed …

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by Amelia Mathias

The Obama administration on Tuesday called for Congress to enact legislation to tighten chemical and toxin regulations. In a speech before the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson said that existing laws were outdated and ineffective:Our oversight of the 21st century chemical industry is based on …

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by Amelia Mathias

Paris prosecutors requested Tuesday that charges of embezzlement and corruption against former French president and Paris mayor Jacques Chirac be dropped. As mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995, Chirac is alleged to have placed 45 people on his office payroll who had no real jobs in Paris City Hall. The charges were …

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by Ximena Marinero

Suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Prosecutors from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have said that they have significant information to use against Zazi, while his lawyer has countered that the prosecution cannot prove Zazi's guilt unless they identify the other conspirators. …

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by Ximena Marinero

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld a mandatory anthrax vaccination program for some members of the military. The appeals court affirmed a February 2008 district court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US Department of Defense (DOD) …

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