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Legal news from Friday, January 1, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

A sharply divided Montana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that physician assisted suicide is not banned by state law, making Montana the third state to allow the practice after Oregon and Washington. The Court upheld in part and reversed in part a lower court ruling, agreeing with its finding that physician assisted suicide is not illegal …

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by Dwyer Arce

Judge Richardo M. Urbina of the US District Court for the District of Columbia Thursday dismissed voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges against the five Blackwater guards indicted for their involvement in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in September 2007. Urbina cited statements of the defendants which he said were …

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by Christian Ehret

US Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. issued an unusually brief year-end report on the federal judiciary Thursday in his capacity as head of the Judicial Conference of the United States, declining to address judiciary needs as done in previous years. On a single page, the 2009 report said the federal courts were "operating …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are not required to confirm or deny the existence of electronic surveillance records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit was brought by advocates of former …

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