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Legal news from Friday, October 9, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that amends the Military Commissions Act of 2006 to provide suspected terrorists with greater due process rights. The Military Commissions Act of 2009 was approved by a vote of 281-146 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Deparment of Homeland Security (DHS) on Wednesday rescinded a rule that would have required employers to fire workers whose information did not match Social Security Administration (SSA) records. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that extends the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was passed 281-146 as part of the conference report …

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by Brian Jackson

The accused leader of the so-called "Toronto 18" Zakaria Amara pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of planning to bomb three targets within the province of Ontario in 2006. Those targets included the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Canadian Security Intelligence Service office in Toronto, as well as a military base between Toronto and …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainee Khaled Al-Mutairi has been returned to his home country. The US government alleged that Al-Mutairi had fought against American troops in Afghanistan, but in his almost eight years at the facility, no charges were ever filed. Al-Mutairi maintains that …

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